CA rolls past CMS Bulldogs

Friday, October 31, 2014
Cornersville's Eli Woodard shoots a runner over Columbia Academy's Copeland Esslinger in the second quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (1-2) had a tough time of it on Tuesday night, as they lost 48-18 on the road to an undefeated Columbia Academy squad.

CA (5-0) held a 24-14 lead at the break before turning on the afterburners in the second half and outscoring Cornersville 24-4 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 30-point victory.

Strong night

Aided by their dominant second half performance, Columbia Academy finished with a 17-7 advantage in field goals and a 5-1 edge in three-pointers while outscoring CMS 9-3 at the foul line. CA also outrebounded Cornersville 33-28 and committed 15 fewer turnovers (20-5) than the Bulldogs.

"We were outmanned tonight, but I was proud with how the guys fought. We played hard, but we just couldn't match up with them," said CMS coach Gerard Randolph. "We've played two really good teams at the start of the season so I hope it will give us some confidence when we play the other teams on our schedule."

Carson Cary led Columbia Academy's offensive attack by pouring in a game high 14 points. Riley Weller followed Cary with nine points, while Henry Moore and Davis Cofer added eight and six points respectively.

Cornersville's Trenton Warren scores on a layup over Columbia Academy's Tyler Smelser in the fourth quarter.

Trenton Warren paced Cornersville with six points and Henlee Mitchell tallied three points. Eli Woodard, Caleb Crowell, C.J. Coble, and Devin Baus chipped in two points apiece for the Bulldogs as well, while Marques Martin had one point.

Short lead

Cornersville grabbed an early 2-0 on a layup by Woodard before CA rattled off seven straight points to seize a 7-2 advantage.

After Warren sandwiched two free throws and a layup around a Cary basket to narrow the gap to 9-6, CA responded with an 8-0 spurt to stretch their lead to 17-6 late in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs outscored Columbia Academy CA 6-2 over the next six minutes on the strength of a Mitchell trey and a turnaround jumper by Crowell to whittle the deficit to 19-12, before Columbia Academy tallied the next five points to open up a 24-12 advantage.

Baus scored on a layup in the waning moments of the half to narrow the gap to 24-14 at the break, but the wheels fell off for Cornersville in the third quarter, as CA put together a 19-2 run to forge a 43-16 lead at the end of the stanza.

Warren then scored on a layup early in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 43-18 before Columbia Academy notched the final five points of the game to close out their 48-18 triumph.