CMS splits with Santa Fe
On Friday night, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (5-2) picked up their second win in two days by pounding the Santa Fe Lady Wildcats 36-8 at home.
The Bulldogs were unable to follow suit, however, and suffered their fourth loss of the season when they dropped a 41-26 decision to the Wildcats in the nightcap.
After building a 7-2 lead in the first quarter thanks to three points from Sarah Beth Prosser and a pair of baskets from Gabby King and Demi Peters, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Santa Fe 12-0 in the second period behind four points apiece from Prosser, King, and Peters to open up a 19-2 advantage.
Cornersville continued to pour it on in the third quarter and put together a 13-2 run on the strength of six points from King to forge a 32-4 lead before coasting to their fifth win of the year.
Although CMS made only 5-of-16 free throws, the Lady Bulldogs held a 15-4 edge in field goals and forced 26 Santa Fe turnovers.
King led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points, while Prosser tallied nine points. Peters also added eight points and Laura Allen chipped in four points. Payton Salsman and Bethany Fitzgerald rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with two and one point respectively.
"I'm really excited about how Demi Peters has been playing. She's played well in back-to-back games now. This is her first year of organized basketball, but she's eager to learn and is getting better every day," said CMS coach Peyton Newton.
Makayla Black paced Santa Fe with four points, while Laci Warf and Laura Wilkinson both had two points.
In the boys' game, the Bulldogs (3-4) held an 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter on the strength of six points from Cameron Whitaker, but the Wildcats put together a 13-3 spurt in the second period to take a 18-14 advantage into the break.
Santa Fe then opened up some breathing room in the third quarter by going on a 13-3 run to stretch their lead to 31-17 before outscoring CMS 10-9 in the fourth period to claim the 15-piont victory.
"I was definitely disappointed in our performance. We acted like we didn't want to be there and didn't play with any focus," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph.
Aided by their strong performance in the second and third quarters, the Wildcats finished with a 11-9 edge in field goals and held a 2-0 advantage in three-pointers while outscoring Cornersville 17-8 at the foul line.
Fatigue shows up
"They did a good job of taking the ball to the basket and getting to the foul line," said Randolph. "We might be a little worn down from playing so many games the first couple of weeks. We got tired and started reaching and fouling people."
Sam Walter led Santa Fe with a game high 12 points, while Eli Hyle added 10 points. Garrett Mills and Kahil Graves tallied seven and six points respectively for the Wildcats as well.
Whitaker, Eli Woodard, and Trenton Warren paced the Bulldogs with six points apiece, while Caleb Crowell, Marques Martin, Guy Vanhooser, and Diego Bazaldua each had two points.