CMS splits with Minor Hill

Friday, November 21, 2014
CMS' (25) Caleb Crowell, shown here against Elkton, scored 14 points to help lead the Bulldogs to a 64-38 win over Minor Hill. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (5-5) swept the season series against Minor Hill on Monday night when they went on the road and whipped the Wildcats 64-38.

Minor Hill, however, salvaged a split of the season series against the Lady Bulldogs (6-4) by beating CMS 45-36 in the opening game of the evening.

Having defeated the Wildcats 40-28 in their previous meeting on Oct. 30, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter of Monday's contest with the help of seven points from guard Cameron Whitaker and five points from forward Caleb Crowell.

Staying ahead

Cornersville then outscored Minor Hill 14-8 in the second period on the strength of five points from Crowell and three foul shots by Alexander Stewart to open up a 26-13 advantage at the break before stretching their lead to 40-26 in the third quarter thanks to four points from Whitaker and baskets from Crowell, C.J. Coble, Devin Baus, and Tyler Wolaver.

The Bulldogs continued to pad their lead down the stretch and put together a 24-12 run in the fourth period behind six points from Whitaker and four points from Wesley Calahan to cap their 26-point victory.

Cornersville finished the game with a 22-11 advantage in field goals and a 2-0 edge in three-pointers en route to scoring a season high 64 points.

Whitaker and Crowell both posted career highs in the contest, as Whitaker led CMS with 19 points while Crowell tallied 14 points.

Leading press

"Cameron got a lot of baskets in transition off our press. He did a good job at the front of our press getting in the passing lanes," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "They played zone against us and we were able to run our half court sets. We were able to get the ball down low to Caleb and he finished."

Stewart also notched five points, and Baus and Calahan both added four points. Henlee Mitchell, Eli Woodard, Wolaver, and Guy Vanhooser chipped in three points apiece for the Bulldogs as well, while Coble, Colton McVey, and Riley Wickberg each had two points.

Ben Peoples paced the Wildcats with eight points and Deshaun Williams tallied seven points.

Lady Bulldogs

In the girls game, the Lady Bulldogs raced out to an 11-4 lead in the first quarter behind four points from Gabby King and a Payton Salsman three-pointer, but Minor Hill put together a 13-4 run in the second period to take a 17-15 advantage into the break.

The Lady Wildcats then outscored CMS 12-5 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 29-20 before playing Cornersville even in the fourth period to claim the nine-point victory.

Although the Lady Bulldogs held a 1-0 edge in three-pointers and outscored Minor Hill 5-3 at the foul line, the Lady Wildcats finished with a 21-15 advantage in field goals and committed 19 fewer turnovers (34-15) than CMS.

Mistakes' damage

"They scored 45 points and about 20 of those came off fast break layups from turnovers," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton. "We made too many mental mistakes and they took it to us. They outplayed us in every facet of the game."

Allie Toone led Minor Hill with 14 points and Hannah McComiskey tallied 12 points. Ashlyn Kimbrough and Makena Birdsong notched nine and eight points respectively for the Lady Wildcats as well, while Anna Johnson had two points.

King paced the Lady Bulldogs with a game high 18 points. Sydney Wilson followed King with five points, while Sarah Beth Prosser and Demi Peters chipped in four points apiece. Salsman and Sierra Kinder rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with three and two points respectively.