Bulldogs outgun Moore Co.
On Thursday night, the Cornersville Bulldogs (7-15) conquered what had traditionally been a house of horrors for them when they traveled to Lynchburg and defeated the Moore County Raiders 65-59.
Cornersville had not won in Lynchburg since 2003, but the Bulldogs did not seemed concerned about past history on Thursday and built a 30-25 lead in the first half.
CHS then opened up some breathing room in the second half and led by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter en route to claiming their second straight victory.
The Bulldogs turned in one of their best offensive performances of the season, as they shot a blistering 60 percent (26-of-43) from the field and knocked down 5-of-9 three-point attempts.
"We were flashing and getting to the rim. Guys were getting to open spots and that's how we hurt them," said CHS coach Gerard Randolph. "The guys are expecting to compete and win. Their confidence is up and they're looking forward to playing games now."
Tate Lowery led the Bulldogs' offensive attack with 23 points and nine rebounds. Jamie Crowell also tallied 14 points, while Brian Lowe, Jacob Reeves, and Zack Smith notched eight, seven, and six points respectively. Michael Allen chipped in three points for Cornersville as well, and Tyler Lowery and David Looney both had two points.
Bolstered by a 7-of-12 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, Moore County shot 49 percent (21-of-43) from the field, which included a 5-of-13 effort from beyond the arc. The Raiders (7-20) also outrebounded CHS 21-16 and held a 10-6 edge on the offensive glass, but committed 17 turnovers.
Cole Boyer paced three Moore County players in double figures with 18 points. Blydge Farrar followed Boyer with 16 points and Ryan Northcutt added 15 points.
Crowell on target
The Raiders inched out to an early 4-2 lead but Cornersville outscored Moore County 11-6 over the next five minutes with the help of seven points from Crowell to seize a 13-10 advantage late in the first quarter.
After the Raiders trimmed the deficit to 13-12 on a turnaround jumper by James Daughrity, Tate Lowery buried a trey as time expired in the first period before Tyler Lowery scored on an offensive put back early in the second quarter to stretch CHS' lead to 18-12.
Moore County notched the next four points to narrow the gap to 18-16, but the Bulldogs responded with a 9-3 spurt behind five points from Tate Lowery to open up a 27-19 advantage with 2:48 left in the half.
The Raiders then rattled off six straight points to cut the deficit to 27-25 before Allen drained a three in the waning seconds of the half to stake the Bulldogs to a 30-25 lead at the break.
Boyer canned a trey at the start of the third quarter to close the gap to 30-28, but the Bulldogs put together a 16-5 run on the strength of eight points from Tate Lowery and a Crowell three to forge a 46-33 advantage with 1:19 left in the stanza.
After Moore County tallied nine of the next 12 points to whittle the deficit to 48-42 early in the fourth quarter, Cornersville outscored the Raiders 6-1 over the next 2:30 with the aid of two Tate Lowery free throws and a pair of layups from Reeves and Smith to extend their lead to 54-43.
Northcutt scored the next four points to make it 54-47, but the Bulldogs put the game out of reach by engineering an 11-2 run thanks to five points from Tate Lowery and baskets from Smith, Lowe, and Crowell to open up a 65-49 cushion with 1:16 left prior to taking home the 65-59 victory.