Ethridge beats Bulldogs
Coming off a big win over New Prospect the previous night, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (6-7) came crashing back down to earth on Tuesday evening when they lost 39-20 to Ethridge Elementary School at home.
Having defeated Cornersville handily in their first meeting on Nov. 4, Ethridge built a 20-11 lead in the first half of Tuesday's contest before outscoring the Bulldogs 17-9 over the final two quarters to complete the sweep of CMS.
Bolstered by a 4-of-10 effort from three-point range, EES shot 48 percent (15-of-31) from the field overall while knocking down 5-of-8 free throws.
Forward Spencer Tidwell spearheaded Ethridge's offensive attack by pouring in a game high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Kaden Vaughn followed Tidwell with 10 points, while Austin Raines tallied eight points.
Cornersville, conversely, shot just 25 percent (8-of-32) from the field, made only 1-of-10 attempts from beyond the arc, and missed 7-of-10 free throws. The Bulldogs outrebounded EES 22-20 and held a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass, but shot themselves in the foot by committing 21 turnovers.
"I don't think we were ready to play. I don't know if we were still riding the high from beating New Prospect, but we didn't show up tonight. We also had too many turnovers," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph.
Cameron Whitaker paced the Bulldogs with five points, while Henlee Mitchell and Caleb Crowell notched three points apiece. Trenton Warren, Tyler Wolaver, C.J. Coble, and Tilden Jackson each chipped in two points as well for Cornersville, and Devin Baus had one point.
The Bulldogs were swimming upstream right from the start, as Ethridge raced out to a 12-1 lead midway through the first quarter.
After Wolaver scored on a layup, Baus hit one-of-two free throws to trim the deficit to 12-4 early in the second period before EES tallied five straight points to open up a 17-4 advantage midway through the stanza.
Cornersville then rattled off seven straight points thanks to a Crowell jumper, a trey by Mitchell, and a Whitaker layup to narrow the gap to 17-11, but Tidwell buried a 35-foot three-pointer as time expired in the half to give Ethridge a 20-11 advantage at the break.
EES carried that momentum into the second half, as they opened the third quarter with a 7-2 run to stretch their lead to 27-13.
Whitaker scored on a layup to cut the deficit to 27-15 before Ethridge notched the next four points to forge a 31-15 advantage at the end of the third period.
The Bulldogs closed the gap to 31-18 early in the fourth on a short jumper by Coble and a Whitaker free throw, but EES outscored Cornersville 8-2 the rest of the way to cap their 39-20 win.