CMS Bulldogs pull away from Elks

Friday, October 31, 2014
Cornersville's Cameron Whitaker scores on a layup over Elkton's Eric Cannon in the first quarter. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Monday night, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season by defeating the Elkton Elks 43-28 at home.

Cornersville (1-1) controlled the game early on and led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter before taking a 23-16 advantage into the break. Elkton rallied to slice the deficit to 23-21 midway through the third quarter, but the Bulldogs turned it on down the stretch and outscored the Elks 20-7 the rest of the way to claim the 15-point victory.

Bolstered by their late surge, CMS finished with a 18-11 advantage in field goals while forcing 23 Elkton turnovers. Although the Elks held a size advantage in the front court, the Bulldogs dominated the ball on the boards and held a 27-6 edge on the offensive glass en route to outrebounding Elkton 41-19 overall.

Late response

"I was very happy with the way that we responded late in the game. They got after it and caused some turnovers, which led to some easy baskets," said Cornersville coach Randolph.

Power forward Trenton Warren recorded a double-double and led CMS' offensive attack by pouring in a career high 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

"I was very proud of Trenton. He's very intense and plays hard all the time. He made some big plays for us in the fourth quarter," said Randolph.

Cornersville's Henlee Mitchell fires up a jumper in the fourth quarter against Elkton.

Eli Woodard also tallied 10 points for the Bulldogs, while Henlee Mitchell and Caleb Crowell notched seven and six points respectively. Cameron Whitaker and Devin Baus each chipped in two points for Cornersville as well and C.J. Coble had one point.

Sean Poarch paced the Elks with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Eric Cannon and Keshawn Dangerfield also scored seven points apiece for Elkton, while Austin Calahan had four points.

Quick burst

The Bulldogs pounced on the Elks at the start of the game and jumped out to an 11-1 lead just two minutes into the contest behind four points from Crowell and three points from Warren.

Elkton tallied the next four points to cut the deficit to 11-5, but Cornersville outscored the Elks 6-2 over the final 2:25 of the first quarter with the help of four free throws and a Whitaker layup to open up a 17-7 advantage.

After Elkton closed the gap to 17-11 early in the second quarter, Warren hit a layup and Woodard scored on an offensive put back to give CMS a 21-11 advantage.

The Elks then began to chip away at Cornersville's lead and closed the first half with a 5-2 spurt to trim the deficit to 23-16 before scoring the first five points of the third quarter to narrow the gap to 23-21.

Key shots

Mitchell, though, helped stem Elkton's momentum by sandwiching a baseline jumper and a three-pointer around a Dangerfield free throw to give the Bulldogs a 28-22 lead at the end of the third quarter.

After Woodard scored on an offensive put back at the start of the fourth quarter to make it 30-22, Elkton rattled off four straight points to whittle the deficit to 30-26 with 4:45 left.

That proved to be the Elks' last gasp, as Cornersville ended the game with a 13-2 run on the strength of nine points from Warren and a pair of jumpers from Crowell and Woodard to salt away their 43-28 win.