Columbia Academy bombards Bulldogs
Cornersville's District opener proved to be a trying experience, as the Bulldogs were thumped 77-40 by defending conference champ Columbia Academy at home on Friday night.
CA (5-1, 2-0 District) put the game out of reach early and raced out to a 43-10 lead in the first half before outscoring Cornersville 34-30 over the final two quarters to coast to their 12th straight win over CHS (0-4, 0-1 District).
Hindered by a 3-of-21 shooting performance in the first half, Cornersville shot just 29 percent from the field overall, which included a 1-of-13 effort from three-point range. The Bulldogs also had trouble handling Columbia Academy's full court press and committed 28 turnovers while CA recorded 17 steals.
Senior guard Tate Lowery recorded a double-double and led Cornersville with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals. Cody Caneer followed Lowery with 10 points, while Austin Ridinger, Kolbe McMahon, and Justin Black tallied four points apiece. Hunter Swinney rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs with one point.
Despite hitting just 5-of-18 three-point attempts, Columbia Academy finished with 29 field goals on 45 percent shooting while committing 16 turnovers. CA also outrebounded Cornersville 37-34 and held a 16-14 edge on the offensive glass.
Hunter Cary led three Columbia Academy players in double figures with 21 points. Nygil Adams notched 16 points as well, and Jackson Cary added 13 points. Zane Johnson and Braden Parsons also chipped in nine and six points respectively for CA.
The Bulldogs grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a layup by Ridinger before Columbia Academy rattled off seven straight points to seize a 7-2 advantage midway through the first quarter.
Cornersville then whittled the deficit to 7-5 late in the first period on three free throws, but CA blew the game open by putting together a 26-0 run to forge a 33-5 advantage midway through the second quarter.
CHS then narrowed the gap to 35-8 on a Lowery free throw and a Caneer jumper, before Columbia Academy tallied the next eight points to stretch their lead to 43-8 with 1:02 left in the half.
After Caneer scored on a layup in the waning moments of the half to trim the deficit to 43-10 at the break, CA opened the third quarter with a 11-3 spurt to make it 54-14.
Lowery and Black sandwiched a pair of jumpers around an Adams field goal to close the gap to 56-18 late in the third period but Columbia Academy outscored the Bulldogs 9-4 over the next three minutes to push their lead to 65-22 early in the fourth quarter.
Cornersville then engineered an 18-3 run on the strength of seven points from Lowery, six points from Caneer, and two baskets from McMahon to cut the deficit to 68-40 with 3:08 left before CA notched the final nine points of the contest to close out their 77-40 victory.