Fayetteville flattens Bulldogs in district road defeat

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber Cornersville's Brian Lowe scored a team-high 14 points in the Bulldogs' loss against Fayetteville.

Fayetteville (13-8) completed the season sweep of the Cornersville Bulldogs (5-14) on Thursday night, as CHS suffered a 69-29 road loss at the hands of the Tigers.

Aided by a strong second quarter performance, Fayetteville held a 44-20 lead at halftime before outscoring Cornersville 25-9 over the final two quarters to cruise to their sixth straight win over the Bulldogs.

Hot from field

Despite hitting only 5-of-19 three-point attempts, the Tigers shot a blistering 59 percent (30-of-51) from the field overall, highlighted by a 11-of-16 effort in the second period. Fayetteville also committed just 10 turnovers, outrebounded CHS 30-8 and held a 13-2 edge on the offensive glass.

"They just started hitting shots in the second quarter and we started hanging our heads after that. We got down on ourselves a little bit," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "Fayetteville is a good team and they're athletic, but we made them look better than they are."

Nicholas Hopkins paced four Tiger players in double figures with 19 points, while James Keith tallied 17 points. Michael Parks and Aaron Parks notched 10 points apiece for Fayetteville as well.

Although they knocked down 5-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc, the Bulldogs finished with a mere 10 field goals on 36 percent shooting and committed 20 turnovers.

Lowe leads

Brian Lowe was the biggest bright spot for CHS and paced Cornersville with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

"I was pleased with how aggressive Brian was and he did exactly what I told him to do. We just need other guys to step up and play with him," said Randolph.

Cornersville's Tyler Lowery drives around Fayetteville's Darrion King in the first quarter.

Tate Lowery followed Lowe with seven points and Wes Meadows added three points. Jacob Reeves and Tyler Lowery also chipped in two points apiece for the Bulldogs, while Austin Ridinger had one point.

The Tigers got things rolling early and jumped out to a 12-2 lead midway through the first quarter.

Cornersville outscored Fayetteville 11-4 over the next 2:10 behind with the help of two treys from Lowe and a Meadows three to narrow the gap to 16-13late in the first period, before the Tigers responded with an 8-2 spurt to open up a 24-15 advantage early in the second quarter.

Sudden change

The Bulldogs notched five of the next seven points thanks to a Lowe trey and two free throws from Tate Lowery to whittle the deficit to 26-20, but Fayetteville blew the game open by tallying the final 18 points of the half to take a 44-20 lead into the break.

After Hopkins converted a three-point play at the start of the second half to make it 47-20, Cornersville closed the gap to 47-25 on a Tyler Lowery fade away jumper and another three by Lowe, but the Tigers put together an 11-0 run to push their lead to 58-27 late in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs then trimmed the deficit to 58-27 on a layup by Tate Lowery before Fayetteville outscored CHS 11-2 over the last 10 minutes of the game to cap their 69-29 victory.