CMS Bulldogs fall to New Prospect

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Cornersville's Cameron Whitaker scores on a layup in the fourth quarter against New Prospect. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs got off to a rough start to the 2014 basketball campaign, as they were defeated 46-25 at home by the New Prospect Tigers (2-0) in their season opener on Thursday night.

CMS had split the season series against New Prospect last year, but the Tigers had their way with the Bulldogs in Thursday's contest and built a 27-11 lead in the first half before outscoring Cornersville19-14 over the final two quarters to cruise to the 21-point victory.

Stats tell story

Aided by a 7-of-12 shooting performance in the second quarter, New Prospect finished with a 17-11 advantage in field goals while outscoring the Bulldogs 11-2 at the foul line. Cornersville did out rebound the Tigers 26-22 and held a 14-8 edge on the offensive glass, but negated their work on the boards by committing six more turnovers (16-10) than New Prospect.

"I was surprised with how well they broke our press. Their point guard (Hayes McNutt) could really handle the ball," said CMS coach Gerard Randolph. "We fought the whole game and didn't quit, but we made too many mental mistakes. We just need to play more basketball and get more practices under our belt."

McNutt turned in a strong all-around performance and led the Tigers with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with six steals, five rebounds, and four assists. Logan Coleman followed McNutt with 14 points and Cameron Huson added six points.

Bulldog leader

Cornersville's Caleb Crowell fires up a jumper over New Prospect's Justin Harvey in the third quarter.

Forward Trenton Warren paced the Bulldogs with six points and seven rebounds, while Cameron Whitaker and Eli Woodard scored five points apiece. Caleb Crowell also notched four points and Henlee Mitchell and Marques Martin each chipped in two points. Tyler Wolaver rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with one point.

New Prospect jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before Mitchell hit a short runner and Whitaker scored on a layup to tie the game at 6-6 late in the first quarter.

The Tigers then took control of the contest by putting together a 10-0 run to open up a 16-6 advantage early in the second period.

Catching up

The Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 16-8 on a layup by Crowell, but New Prospect rattled off 11 straight points to push their lead to 27-8.

After Woodard drained a three-pointer in the waning seconds of the first half to narrow the gap to 27-11, the Tigers used a 13-6 spurt in the third quarter to forge a 40-17 advantage.

Cornersville then outscored New Prospect 8-6 in the fourth period behind six points from Warren for the 46-25 final.