CA outmuscles Bulldogs

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Cornersville's Tyler Lowery shoots a jumper over Columbia Academy's Nygil Arms in the third quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Saturday night, the Cornersville Bulldogs (3-11, 1-4 District) suffered their fourth straight loss when they dropped a 74-48 decision on the road to a strong Columbia Academy squad.

CA built a 41-30 lead in the first half before outscoring Cornersville 32-18 over the final two quarters to record their 10th consecutive win over CHS.

Aided by a 13-of-20 shooting performance in the first period, Columbia Academy shot 43 percent (29-of-68) from the field overall, which included an 8-of-24 effort from three-point range, while committing only 10 turnovers.

Height helps

CA also controlled the boards thanks to their significant height advantage in the paint and held a 15-8 edge on the offensive glass en route to outrebounding the Bulldogs 41-27 overall.

Swingman Hunter Cary and 6'8" center Andrew Golden provided Columbia Academy with a potent inside-outside duo, as Cary poured in a game high 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting while Golden tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds. Jackson Cary notched nine points for CA as well and Alec Wright had six points.

"They just had too much size. The big kid hurt us. I told the kids before the game that we had to take away one thing from them. We had to choose whether we wanted to stop their big kid or contain their shooters. It's hard to stop a team like that," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "I was pleased with our guys effort, but we just have to eliminate our mental mistakes."

The Bulldogs knocked down 5-of-12 attempts from beyond the arc, but shot just 36 percent (19-of-53) from the field overall while committing 15 turnovers.

Top Bulldog

Cornersville's Tate Lowery hits a short jumper over Columbia Academy's Andrew Golden in the fourth quarter.

Tate Lowery hit 8-of-14 shots and paced CHS with 22 points. Wes Meadows and Tyler Lowery also notched seven points apiece, and Michael Allen added three points. Brian Lowe, Jacob Reeves, Hunter Swinney, and J.D. Crabtree chipped in two points apiece for Cornersville as well, while Jamie Crowell had one point.

Columbia Academy inched out to an early 7-4 lead, before the Bulldogs outscored CA 12-9 over the next four minutes behind seven points from Tate Lowery to knot the game at 16-16 late in the first quarter.

Cornersville, though, was unable keep up with Columbia Academy's torrid offensive pace, as CA closed the first period with a 14-1 run to seize a 30-17 advantage.

CHS cut the deficit to 32-22 early in the second period thanks to a Reeves layup and a trey by Allen, but Golden tallied the next four points on two free throws and a layup to give Columbia Academy a 36-22 lead.

Pulling away

After the Bulldogs engineered an 8-2 spurt on the strength of five points from Tate Lowery and a Tyler Lowery three to narrow the gap to 38-30, Hunter Cary buried a three in the waning moments of the half to stake CA to a 41-30 advantage at the break before Golden scored the first six points of the third quarter to make it 47-30.

Cornersville closed the gap to 47-35 with the help of a Tate Lowery trey and a layup by Lowe, but Columbia Academy ended the third period with a 12-4 run to stretch their lead to 59-39.

CHS notched the first four points of the fourth period on a jumper by Tate Lowery and a Meadows runner to whittle the deficit to 59-43 before CA outscored the Bulldogs 15-5 the rest of the way to cap their 74-48 win.