Ethridge stuns CMS boys

Friday, November 7, 2014
Cornersville's Caleb Crowell shoots a jumper over Ethridge's Spencer Tidwell in the third quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (2-3) got put through the ringer on Tuesday night when they suffered a 48-21 defeat on the road at the hands of Ethridge Elementary School.

Ethridge broke the game open early and built a 28-10 lead in the first half before outscoring the Bulldogs 20-11 over the final two quarters to cruise to the 27-point victory.

Bolstered by their strong first half performance, EES finished with a 14-7 advantage in field goals and outscored Cornersville 19-6 at the foul line while forcing 29 Bulldog turnovers.

Problems arise

"Our help side defense was bad tonight. We had a chance to take some charges, but didn't man up and take them. They did what they were supposed to do and hit their free throws," said CMS coach Gerard Randolph. "Offensively, we kept killing our dribble when they pressured us. We didn't execute our offense and had too many mental mistakes."

Spencer Tidwell poured in a game high 20 points to lead Ethridge's offensive attack. Reid Crews followed Tidwell with 12 points, while Austin Raines and Ty Cobb added five and three points respectively. Kaden Vaughn, Jordan Aaron, Holt Freeman, and Hunter Hardy notched two points apiece for EES as well.

Cornersville's Cameron Whitaker fires up a jumper in the fourth quarter against Ethridge.

Eli Woodard, C.J. Coble, Devin Baus, and Alexander Stewart paced the Bulldogs with four points apiece. Cameron Whitaker also chipped in three points for Cornersville, while Caleb Crowell had two points.

Ethridge steps up

Ethridge jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first quarter on the strength of seven points from Crews before opening the second period with a 14-3 run behind 11 points from Tidwell to forge a 23-8 advantage.

Stewart scored on a layup to close the gap to 23-10, but Tidwell converted a three-point play before hitting a layup as time expired in the first half to stake EES to a 28-10 lead at the break.

Ethridge continued to pour it on at the start of the second half and began the third quarter with a 9-1 spurt to push their lead to 37-11.

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 37-16 late in the third period thanks to a layup by Coble and a Baus three-point play, but EES rattled off six straight points to open up a 43-16 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Cornersville then narrowed the gap to 45-21 with the help of a three-pointer from Whitaker and two Stewart free throws before Ethridge tallied the final three points of the contest for the 48-21 final.