Cornersville teams downed
Cornersville boys basketball coach Gerard Randolph gave his alma mater a scare for two quarters, but his Bulldog squad was unable to keep pace with Giles County for the entire game, as the Bobcats used a dominant second half performance to defeat CHS 70-36 on Tuesday afternoon at the Richland Christmas Classic.
The Lady Bulldogs (4-8), meanwhile, were unable to string together consecutive wins and dropped a 60-46 decision to the Frank Hughes Lady Lions (8-7) earlier in the day.
Using a 2-3 zone defense, the Bulldogs (0-9) were able to slow down the more athletic Bobcats early in the contest and built an 11-7 lead in the first quarter behind a Zack Smith three-pointer and four points apiece from David Looney and Kolbe McMahon.
Cornersville outscored Giles County 9-8 in the second period with the help of a Smith trey and baskets from Looney, Michael Allen and Jamie Crowell to open up a 20-15 advantage at halftime, but the Bobcats (4-5) turned on the afterburners in the third quarter and put together a 33-9 run to seize a 48-29 lead.
Giles County continued their torrid offensive pace in the fourth period and outscored CHS 22-7 in the stanza to pull away for the 34-point victory.
"It was fun facing them and I was looking forward to the challenge because I learned a lot from (Giles County coach) Billy Holt," said Randolph. "We do a lot of the same things and I wanted to see how we would do against them. It was nice to go into halftime with the lead."
Smith led the Bulldogs with 10 points, while Allen tallied eight points. Looney notched six points as well and McMahon chipped in five points. Crowell, Cody Caneer, and Will Vanhooser rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with four, two, and one point respectively.
Dontarius Gilbert paced three Bobcat players in double figures with 17 points. Hayden Miller and Jordan Gilbert also tallied 13 points apiece for Giles County, while Shawn Gibson and Stephen Wade each added six points.
In the girls' game, Frank Hughes jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Lions 13-7 in the second period behind eight points from freshman center Morgan Terry and a pair of baskets from Breanne Dunkleman and Taylor Powers.
Frank Hughes, however, began to take control of the game in the third quarter and went on a 17-7 run to stretch their lead to 37-26.
Cornersville rallied to slice the deficit to 42-37 early in the fourth period, but the Lady Lions pulled away during crunch time and outscored CHS 18-9 the rest of the way to secure the 14-point win.
"They were pressing us and we pressed them, but we weren't used to playing fast all the time. The girls played hard though and I was proud of them because Frank Hughes is a good team," said CHS coach Peyton Newton. "This Christmas tournament was good for us because we played two fast paced teams that like to push the ball."
Having averaged 26.3 points per game in her last three outings, Terry continued her recent scoring tear and led the Lady Bulldogs with a game high 25 points. Emma Mitchell followed Terry with nine points, while Dunkleman added six points. Madison Hopkins, Carson Coble, and Powers chipped in two points apiece as well.
Nikki Matthews paced Frank Hughes with 14 points, while Hannah Love notched 12 points. Taylor Durbin notched 11 points for the Lady Lions as well and Julianne Blackburn added nine points.