CA sweeps Cornersville
Columbia Academy finally ended the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (5-11, 3-4 District) decade long run of dominance over them on Tuesday night when they defeated CHS 47-34 at Anderson Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs also tasted defeat later in the evening, as CA drubbed Cornersville 81-49 in the nightcap to complete the sweep of the season series.
Having won all 24 meetings against CA since 2004, which included 48-44 victory on Dec. 5, the Lady Bulldogs built a 10-7 lead in the first quarter on the strength of seven points from center Morgan Terry and a Gabby King three-pointer.
Columbia Academy (7-12, 4-3 District) then trimmed the deficit to 19-18 at the end of the second period before going on a 15-5 run in the third quarter to seize a 33-24 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, CA kept Cornersville at arm's length by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 14-10 in the stanza to wrap up their 13-point victory.
"Defensively, we are awful right now because we're not communicating. We're so frustrated offensively because we're missing a lot of open shots that it's started to affect our defense," said CHS coach Peyton Newton.
Terry led Cornersville with 13 points, but was held scoreless in the second half. Breanne Dunkleman followed Terry with eight points and Emma Mitchell tallied five points. King and Carson Coble also chipped in three points apiece for the Lady Bulldogs, while Sarah Beth Prosser had two points.
Kenzie Hobbs paced three Columbia Academy players in double figures with 16 points. Sabrina Gilliam notched 11 points for CA as well, while Leslie Golden added 10 points.
In the boys' game, Columbia Academy (13-6, 7-0 District) pounced on the Bulldogs (1-12, 1-6 District) early and jumped out to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter.
After outscoring Cornersville 18-15 in the second period to open up a 41-23 advantage at the break, CA put together a 23-13 run in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 64-35 before coasting to the 32-point win.
Senior forward Jamie Crowell led the Bulldogs with 11 points, while Kolbe McMahon and Cody Caneer added nine points apiece.
"Jamie played tough up underneath the basket and hit some difficult shots," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "Kolbe really played well and was probably our biggest bright spot. As good as Columbia Academy is, he didn't back off even though he's just a freshman."
Justin Black also tallied eight points and Zack Smith notched three points. David Looney, Hunter Swinney, Austin Ridinger, and Michael Civitello chipped in two points each for CHS as well, while Will Vanhooser had one point.
Jackson Cary and Taylor Thompson poured in 18 points apiece to pace CA. Hunter Cary also added 17 points for Columbia Academy, while Nygil Arms and Kase Manor added eight and seven points respectively.