CMS Bulldogs knock off New Prospect

Friday, December 5, 2014
Cornersville's Cameron Whitaker, shown here against Ethridge, scored11 points to help lead the Bulldogs to a 58-46 victory over New Prospect on Monday. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (6-6) recorded their most impressive victory of the season on Monday night by going on the road and defeating the New Prospect Tigers 58-46.

Although the Lady Bulldogs (7-5) put up a tough fight in the opening game of the evening, they lost to New Prospect for the second time this season when they dropped a heart breaking 40-39 decision to the Lady Tigers.

Bulldogs

New Prospect had beaten the Bulldogs 46-25 in their previous meeting on Oct. 23, but Cornersville didn't appear intimidated by the Tigers on Monday and built a 14-6 lead in the first quarter behind six points from Cameron Whitaker and a Henlee Mitchell three-pointer.

The Bulldogs continued to expand their lead in the second period and outscored New Prospect 16-12 in the stanza on the strength of four points from Eli Woodard and a pair of treys from Whitaker and Tyler Wolaver to open up a 30-18 advantage at the break.

Cornersville then stretched their lead to 46-32 in the third quarter with the help of eight points from Caleb Crowell and two Mitchell threes before coasting to the 12-point victory.

The Bulldogs turned in one of their better offensive performances of the season and finished with a 21-18 advantage in field goals and a 6-3 edge in three-pointers while outscoring the Tigers 10-7 at the foul line.

Cornersville featured a balanced scoring attack, as Whitaker, Mitchell, Woodard, and Crowell all tallied 11 points apiece. Trenton Warren added five points for the Bulldogs as well, while Devin Baus, Wolaver, and C.J. Coble chipped in four, three, and two points respectively.

"I switched to a zone for this game and it really gave (New Prospect) problems. We played really well on defense and were in our spots. We also knocked down shots and spread the ball around. A lot of people got involved," said CMS coach Gerard Randolph.

Logan Coleman paced the Tigers with 20 points, while Haves McNutt tallied 13 points. Cameron Huson, Justin Harvey, and Gabe Coleman notched six, four, and three points respectively for New Prospect as well.

Lady Bulldogs

Having defeated Cornersville 45-25 in their last encounter, New Prospect jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs put together a 10-6 run in the second period on the strength of four points apiece from Sydney Wilson and Gabby King to tie the game at 18-18.

The Lady Tigers then outscored CMS 13-9 in the third quarter to pull ahead 31-27 before Cornersville answered with a 12-9 spurt behind six points from Sarah Beth Prosser and four points from King to slice the deficit to 40-39 late in the fourth period.

After New Prospect missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Lady Bulldogs had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds of the contest, but came up empty on their final possession of the game.

"Even though we lost it was probably the best game we played all year. We ran a different defense that we hadn't run all season and were really focused in our last couple of practices," said CMS coach Peyton Newton.

King led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points and Prosser tallied 12 points. Wilson also notched seven points for Cornersville, while Payton Salsman, Demi Peters, and Laura Allen chipped in two points apiece.

Rylynne Roysden paced the Lady Tigers with 15 points. Sara Brown added 13 points for New Prospect as well, while Ashley Pimentel, Abby Barnett, and Chloe Willis tallied six, four, and two points respectively.