CMS Bulldogs top Minor Hill 40-22

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Cornersville's Eli Woodard shoots a layup in the third quarter against Minor Hill. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Thursday, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs evened their record at 2-2 by defeating the Minor Hill Wildcats 40-28 at home.

The Bulldogs took control of the game early and led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter before taking a 22-10 advantage into the break. Cornersville then opened up a 32-15 lead early in the fourth quarter en route to claiming their second win of the season.

"The guys came out and played with a lot of energy. We set the tone early. I'm proud of my starters, but we've got to get better bench play. We had a little let down in the second quarter after getting out to that big lead," said CMS coach Gerard Randolph.

Stat sheet

Minor Hill outscored Cornersville 18-6 at the foul line, but the Bulldogs finished with a 16-5 advantage in field goals and held a 2-0 edge in three-pointers. Cornersville also committed 13 fewer turnovers (25-12) than the Wildcats and outrebounded Minor Hill 34-24, which included a 18-5 advantage on the offensive glass.

Cornersville's Trenton Warren scores on a layup over Minor Hill's Ben Peoples in the third quarter.

Shooting guard Cameron Whitaker led CMS' offensive attack with nine points, four steals, and three assists. Trenton Warren followed Whitaker with eight points, while Eli Woodard tallied seven points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Henlee Mitchell also added five points and Caleb Crowell notched four points. Alexander Stewart and Marques Martin chipped in two points apiece for the Bulldogs as well, while Devin Baus and Colton McVey both had one point.

Reserve forward Ben Peoples paced the Wildcats with nine points. Chris Tolbert and Austin Nave also tallied five points for Minor Hill, while Nolan Belew had three points.

Early lead

The Bulldogs dominated the first quarter of play and built a 12-2 lead in the stanza behind five points from Woodard and a Mitchell trey.

Cornersville continued to pad their lead at the start of the second and notched the first four points of the period on a Woodard jumper and a layup by Whitaker to open up a 16-2 advantage.

After Belew made one-of-two free throws to trim the deficit to 16-3, Mitchell knocked down a baseline jumper and Crowell scored on an offensive put back to stake the Bulldogs to a 20-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

Strong run

Minor Hill tallied seven of the last nine points in the second quarter to narrow the gap to 22-10 at the break, but the Bulldogs started the second half with a 10-3 run on the strength of five points from Whitaker and a pair of baskets from Warren to forge a 32-15 advantage with 5:34 left in the fourth period.

The Wildcats then outscored Cornersville 13-8 the rest of the way for the 40-28 final.