Raiders rough up Bulldogs

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber Cornersville's Tyler Lowery fires up a jumper over Richland's Donnie Gavin in the second quarter.

The Cornersville Bulldogs (4-13, 2-6 District) had a tough time of it on Friday night, as they lost 54-21 to the Richland Raiders on Homecoming.

Having defeated CHS 55-33 in their previous encounter on Dec. 10, the Raiders (11-9, 5-3 District) built a 25-14 lead in first half of Friday's contest before outscoring the Bulldogs 29-7 over the final two quarters to complete the season sweep of Cornersville.

Despite committing only 11 turnovers, the Bulldogs mustered just eight field goals on 27 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-10 effort from three-point range.

Few scores

With Cornersville's leading scorer Tate Lowery being held to a season low two points, Jamie Crowell and Wes Meadows led CHS with four points each. Brian Lowe, Jacob Reeves, and Michael Allen also tallied three points apiece for the Bulldogs, while Tyler Lowery had two points.

"Offensively, we were just too passive. Nobody was aggressive and we didn't try to get to the rim. I think it's become a mental thing when we play them," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "Give Richland credit though because they played hard and did a good job of taking Tate out of the game. That was their game plan."

Aided by a 5-of-9 effort from beyond the arc, the Raiders shot 50 percent (21-of-42) from the field while committing only seven turnovers. Richland outrebounded the Bulldogs 22-12 as well and held a 5-1 edge on the offensive glass.

Point guard Jacob Farrar buried five treys and paced the Raiders with 20 points. Carter Schmidt and Hayden Morris also notched eight points apiece for Richland, while Chandler Rose, Corey Batchelder, and Kyle Oliver each chipped in four points.

Raiders pull away

Cornersville's Jacob Reeves shoots a runner over Richland's Connor Perkins in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs were tied with the Raiders 6-6 midway through the first quarter thanks to a pair of threes from Reeves and Lowe before Richland put together a 9-2 run to seize a 15-8 lead with 4:35 left in the second period.

After Meadows and Tate Lowery sandwiched a runner and a layup around a Farrar trey to trim the deficit to 18-12, the Raiders outscored CHS 7-2 over the final two and a half minutes of the half to take a 25-14 advantage into the break.

Richland then tallied the first six points of the third quarter to push their lead to 31-15, before Crowell converted a three-point play with 1:07 left in the stanza to narrow the gap to 31-18.

The game, however, quickly got out of hand after that point, as the Raiders ripped off 19 straight points to forge a 50-18 lead midway through the fourth quarter prior to taking home the 54-21 victory.