Moore Co. mugs Bulldogs

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Cornersville's (3) David Looney hits a runner over Moore County's (34) Lee Huffer in the second quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

It was a forgettable night for the Cornersville Bulldogs (1-18), as they were drubbed 77-37 by the Moore County Raiders at home on Thursday.

Moore County (14-12) dominated the game from start to finish and built a 36-17 lead in the first half before outscoring CHS 41-20 over the final two quarters to complete the sweep of the season series.

Missing defender

With Bulldog senior forward Jamie Crowell unable to play due to an injury, the Raiders ran roughshod over Cornersville's interior defense and shot a blistering 61 percent (30-of-49) from the field while attempting only seven three-pointers, hitting two. Moore County also outrebounded the Bulldogs 35-18 and held a 12-7 edge on the offensive glass.

Ryan Northcutt spearheaded the Raiders' offensive onslaught by pouring in a game high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Jay Layman followed Northcutt with 12 points, while Will Slatten added seven points.

Cornersville's offense was stuck in neutral for much of the evening, as they committed 24 turnovers while mustering only 16 field goals on 36 percent, which included a 1-of-9 effort from beyond the arc.

Lack of effort

"We didn't do anything and didn't give much effort. It was just a bad night overall. Their press created a lot of turnovers and they scored easy baskets off them," said CHS coach Gerard Randolph.

Cornersville's (20) Justin Black shoots a floater over a pair of Moore County defenders in the first quarter.

Freshman guard Kolbe McMahon led Cornersville with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting. Michael Allen also tallied six points, while David Looney, Justin Black, and Brock Powers chipped in four points apiece.

Senior guard Tate Lowery saw his first action in three weeks for the Bulldogs after sitting out the last six games due to a knee injury, but played sparingly and finished with two points.

Things got ugly early for CHS, as Moore County raced out to a 22-4 lead late in the first quarter.

Short run

The Bulldogs outscored the Raiders 6-2 over the next three minutes on the strength of layups from Lowery, McMahon, and Allen to narrow the gap to 24-10 early in the second period, but Moore County responded with a 12-5 run to stretch their lead to 36-15.

After Cornersville trimmed the deficit to 36-17 on a McMahon layup, the Raiders continued to pour it on the third quarter and opened the stanza with a 21-3 spurt to push their lead to 57-20.

CHS then rattled off seven straight points thanks to a McMahon three-point play and a pair of baskets from Black and Allen to close the gap to 57-27 early in the fourth quarter before Moore County outscored Cornersville 20-10 the rest of the way to cap their 77-37 triumph.

Moore County 22 14 21 20 = 77

Cornersville 6 11 8 12 = 37

Moore County: Ryan Northcutt 21, Jay Layman 12, Will Slatten 7, Blydge Farrar 6, Lee Huffer 6, Felix Bourillet 6, Doran Noble 5, Andy Huffer 5, Jordan Barrier 3, Clay Burnett 2, Nate Love 2, Ethan Holt 2.

Cornersville: Kolbe McMahon 9, Michael Allen 6, David Looney 4, Justin Black 4, Brock Powers 4, Michael Civitello 3, Zack Smith 2, Cody Caneer 2, Tate Lowery 2, Dillard Hatchett 1.

Three-point field goals: Moore County (2): Northcutt 1, Barrier 1; Cornersville (1): Civitello 1.

Halftime score: Moore County 36, Cornersville 17.