Columbia Academy races past Bulldogs
Playing their third game in four nights, the Cornersville Bulldogs (4-12, 2-5 District) didn't appear to have much left in the tank on Tuesday evening when they lost 58-40 to Columbia Academy at home.
The Bulldogs hit the wall early against CA while Columbia Academy (14-3, 5-1 District) built a 31-15 lead in the first half with the help of a dominant second quarter performance.
CA then opened up a 45-19 advantage midway through the third quarter before cruising to their 11th straight win over Cornersville.
Despite hitting only 2-of-11 three-point attempts, Columbia Academy still tallied 25 field goals on 42 percent shooting while committing just 10 turnovers. The Bulldogs did outrebound CA 30-25 overall, but Columbia Academy held an 11-8 edge on the offensive glass.
Cornersville, conversely, finished with a modest 17 field goals on 40 percent shooting, which included a 4-of-11 effort from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs also struggled against CA's full court pressure and committed 24 turnovers overall.
"We just ran out of gas and I didn't have the depth that I needed tonight to give those guys a breather. The guys just didn't have their legs," said CHS coach Gerard Randolph. "We also had too many mental mistakes and that hurt us too. You can't do that against a team like this."
Jamie Crowell led Cornersville with 10 points, while Tyler Lowery added eight points and four steals. Wes Meadows and Zack Smith added five points apiece as well, and Tate Lowery notched four points and six assists. Brian Lowe, Jacob Reeves, and David Looney also chipped in two points apiece for the Bulldogs, while J.D. Crabtree and Cody Caneer both had one point.
Jackson Cary paced three CA players in double figures with 19 points. Taylor Thompson also added 14 points for Columbia Academy, while Andrew Golden and Hunter Cary tallied 10 and six points respectively.
CA grabbed an early 8-4 lead before the Bulldogs closed the first quarter with a 6-2 run thanks to baskets from Reeves, Lowe, and Tate Lowery to knot the score at 10-10.
The wheels, though, came off for Cornersville in the second period, as they committed 11 turnovers in the stanza while Columbia Academy outscored them 21-5 during that span to take a 31-15 advantage into the break.
CA continued to distance themselves from the Bulldogs at the start of the second half and opened the third quarter with a 14-4 spurt to forge a 45-19 advantage.
CHS kept the game from becoming a rout by putting together a 12-4 run behind five points apiece from Crowell and Meadows to narrow the gap 49-31 early in the fourth quarter.
After Columbia Academy stretched their lead to 51-31 on two free throws by Brandon Parsons, the Bulldogs outscored CA 9-7 the rest of the way on the strength of five points from Smith for the 58-40 final.