Eagles soar past Bulldogs
On Thursday night, the Cornersville Bulldogs (2-21) suffered their third straight loss when they were defeated 75-49 by the Eagleville Eagles (15-11) on the road in their regular season finale.
Utilizing their deep bench, the Eagles' saw their offense take off early and flew out to a 39-19 lead in the first half before outscoring the Bulldogs 36-30 over the final two quarters to cruise the 26-point victory.
"They ran five guys in and five out and that makes a big difference. When a team with fresh legs goes against a team with tired legs, fresh legs are going to win," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph.
Aided by an 11-of-14 shooting performance from center Calen Parker, the Eagles shot 52 percent (31-of-60) from the field overall and knocked down 6-of-15 three-point attempts. Eagleville also controlled the boards and outrebounded the Bulldogs 44-25, which included a 13-11 edge on the offensive glass.
Parker completely dominated the paint and posted a double-double by pouring in 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
"We didn't have an answer for their big guy. He was a big factor in the game and was a physical player. It was another case where we didn't match their physicality," said Randolph.
Alex Scofield tallied 11 points for the Eagles as well, while Kodi Majors, Carson Rudd, and Austin Davenport added six points apiece.
Despite knocking down 6-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc, the Bulldogs shot just 27 percent (15-of-56) from the field overall.
Senior guard Tate Lowery led Cornersville with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jamie Crowell and Zack Smith followed Lowery with seven and six points respectively, while David Looney and Cody Caneer each chipped in five points.
The Bulldogs got off to a good start and jumped out to a 10-6 lead midway through the first quarter on the strength of five points from Lowery and a Looney three.
Cornersville's lead didn't last long, however, as the Eagles put together a 13-0 run to seize a 19-10 advantage early in the second period.
CHS trimmed the deficit to 23-15 thanks to a layup and a trey from Crowell, but Eagleville controlled the rest of the second quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 16-4 over the final 5:16 of the stanza to forge a 39-19 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, Lowery and Crowell sandwiched a three and a fade away jumper around a Parker layup to narrow the gap to 41-24, before the Eagles answered with an 11-5 spurt to stretch their lead to 52-29 midway through the third period.
The Bulldogs notched nine of the next 12 points behind three free throws, a Michael Civitello jumper and a pair of offensive put backs by Lowery and Caneer to close the gap to 55-38 early in the fourth quarter before Eagleville outscored Cornersville 20-11 the rest of the way to wrap up their 15th win of the season.
Cornersville 10 9 17 13 = 49
Eagleville 17 22 16 20 = 75
Cornersville: Tate Lowery 15, Jamie Crowell 7, Zack Smith 6, David Looney 5, Cody Caneer 5, Michael Civitello 4, Michael Allen 2, Brock Powers 2, Kolbe McMahon 1, Justin Black 1, Dillard Hatchett 1.
Eagleville: Calen Parker 24, Alex Scofield 11, Kodi Majors 6, Carson Rudd 6, Austin Davenport 6, Evan Rives 5, Garrett Parker 4, Ty Ellis 3, Eric Hawks 3, Brandon Kelly 2, Brandon Petrig 2, Austin Strickland 2, A.J. Garza 1.
Three-point field goals: Cornersville (6): Smith 2, Crowell 1, Looney 1, Lowery 1, Caneer 1; Eagleville (6): Davenport 2, Parker 1, Rives 1, Scofield 1, Hawks 1.
Halftime score: Eagleville 39, Cornersville 19.