Bulldogs hit road, defeat Culleoka

Friday, January 24, 2014
Cornersville's Tate Lowery scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 62-50 win over Culleoka. Tribune photo by Pap

The Cornersville Bulldogs (5-13, 3-6 District) recorded their fourth straight victory over Culleoka (2-17, 0-9 District) on Tuesday night when they defeated the Warriors 62-50 on the road.

Aided by a strong first quarter performance, the Bulldogs held a 35-23 lead at halftime before maintaining their double digit advantage through the final two quarters of play.

Numbers game

Culleoka finished with a 3-1 edge in three-pointers, but Cornersville held a 22-19 advantage in field goals and outscored the Warriors 17-9 at the free throw line.

After being held to a season low two points against Richland in his last outing, junior point guard Tate Lowery bounced back with a strong effort on Tuesday evening and led the Bulldogs with a game high 23 points.

"Tate played really well. It was good to see him play well after the game he had against Richland. When he got the ball around the rim he did a good job of finishing," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph.

Brian Lowe followed Tate Lowery with 11 points and Tyler Lowery tallied eight points. Jamie Crowell and Jacob Reeves also added seven points apiece for the Bulldogs, while Wes Meadows and Zack Smith chipped in four and two points respectively.

Sam Davis paced three Culleoka players in double figures with 13 points. Craig Parks and Matthew Gilliam notched 12 points apiece as well, while Alex Ford and Austin Creps added six and five points respectively. Peyton Kennedy rounded out the scoring for the Warriors with two points.

Early control

Cornersville knocked Culleoka on their heels at the start of the game and jumped out to a 18-6 lead in the first quarter on the strength of five points from Lowe and four points from Tyler Lowery.

"I was pleased with the way that the guys responded. They came out and took control of the game early. They did what they were supposed to do. It was nice not having to play catch up for a change," said Randolph.

Although the Warriors managed to stalemate the Bulldogs in the second period, Cornersville still took a 35-23 lead into halftime with the help of five points from Tate Lowery and four points apiece from Lowe and Meadows.

Culleoka then narrowed the gap to 45-36 in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs outscored the Warriors 17-14 in the fourth period behind 12 points from Lowery and three points from Reeves to wrap up their 62-50 win.