Columbia Academy breezes past CMS Bulldogs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Cornersville's (21) Trenton Warren shoots a layup over Columbia Academy's (33) Davis Cofer in the second quarter. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (4-5) were unable to slow down an undefeated Columbia Academy squad on Thursday night, as lost 59-28 to CA at home.

Columbia Academy (12-0) took control of the game early and built a 30-14 lead in the first half before outscoring CMS 29-14 over the final two quarters en route to sweeping the season series against Cornersville.

CA's offense was running on all cylinders for much of the evening, as they shot a torrid 62 percent (24-of-39) from the field overall and knocked down 5-of-12 three-pointers.

The Bulldogs, conversely, mustered only nine field goals on 27 percent shooting and made just 2-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc. Cornersville did hold an 11-9 edge on the offensive boards, but CA outrebounded the Bulldogs 24-18 overall and committed three fewer turnovers (20-17) than CMS.

"Their height and athleticism gave us a lot of problems. Columbia Academy can just play," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "I tried to instill in the guys that we played a good half against them the last time and could make this a game, but I think we were a little intimidated."

Point guard Carson Cary spearheaded CA's offensive attack by pouring in a game high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

"He's a really good player and a special kid. Everything we did against him he had an answer for," said Randolph.

Riley Weller also tallied 10 points for CA, while Copeland Esslinger notched eight points.

Cornersville's (10) Henlee Mitchell drains a three-pointer in the first quarter against Columbia Academy.

Henlee Mitchell hit 3-of-5 shots and paced Cornersville with seven points. Caleb Crowell, Devin Baus, and Riley Wickberg chipped four points apiece as well, while Tyler Wolaver and Colton McVey both had three points. Wesley Calahan and Alexander Stewart rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs with two and one point respectively.

Columbia Academy jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, before Mitchell buried a pull up jumper and a three-pointer to narrow the gap to 10-7 midway through the first quarter.

CA then opened up some breathing room by putting together a 10-0 run to stretch their lead to 20-7 early in the second period.

The Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 20-9 on an offensive put back by Baus, but Columbia Academy outscored CMS 10-2 over the next three and a half minutes to forge a 30-11 advantage.

After Cornersville tallied the final three points of the first half on free throws by Crowell, Stewart, and Wolaver to cut the deficit to 30-14, CA began the third quarter with a 15-3 run to push their lead to 45-17.

The Bulldogs then closed the gap to 45-20 late in the third quarter with the help of a Wolaver jumper and a free throw by Wickberg before Columbia Academy outscored Cornersville 14-8 the rest of the way to wrap up their 59-28 victory.