Bulldogs bog down, Richland ends season
The Cornersville Bulldogs (2-22) made an early exit from the playoffs when they were defeated 64-33 by the Richland Raiders in Lynnville on Tuesday night in the first round of the District 11-A tournament.
Aided by a strong first quarter performance, Richland (14-13) put the game out of reach early and built a 32-10 lead in the opening half before outscoring the Bulldogs 32-23 over the final two periods en route to advancing to the semifinals of the tournament.
Hot from field
Despite hitting only 3-of-11 three-point attempts, the Raiders shot a blistering 57 percent (25-of-44) from the field, which included a 9-of-11 shooting performance in the first quarter. Richland also outrebounded Cornersville 26-23 and committed only 12 turnovers.
Carter Schmidt led three Raider players with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Dillon Gavin and Corey Batchelder tallied 12 points apiece.
The Bulldogs, conversely, mustered only 14 field goals on 35 percent shooting, made just 2-of-10 attempts from beyond the arc, and committed 19 turnovers.
"They played a flawless game and played well defensively. Their defensive pressure gave us problems," said CHS coach Gerard Randolph. "We fell behind early and just couldn't overcome it."
Senior guard Zack Smith paced the Bulldogs with seven points, while Michael Civitello added six points. Cody Caneer, Tate Lowery, and Justin Black chipped in five points apiece for Cornersville as well with Caneer grabbing a team high six rebounds.
"I had a great group of guys. In terms of effort and heart, I couldn't have asked for a better group," said Randolph.
Richland took the wind out of the Bulldogs sails at the start of the game by racing out to a 21-3 lead late in the first quarter.
Lowery scored on a layup to trim the deficit to 21-5, but the Raiders rattled off six straight points to open up a 27-5 advantage early in the second quarter.
Cornersville narrowed the gap to 30-10 thanks to a Lowery free throw and a pair of layups by Smith and Black, before Batchelder scored on a layup in the waning moments of the half to stake Richland to a 32-10 lead at the break.
CHS' hole grew deeper at the start of the second half, as the Raiders tallied the first eight points of the third period to forge a 40-10 advantage.
The Bulldogs put together a 15-9 run behind six points from Civitello and five points from Caneer to cut the deficit to 49-25 early in the fourth quarter before Richland outscored CHS 15-8 the rest of the way to claim its 16th straight win over Cornersville.
Cornersville 5 5 13 10 = 33
Richland 23 9 15 17 = 64
Cornersville: Zack Smith 7, Michael Civitello 6, Tate Lowery 5, Cody Caneer 5, Justin Black 5, Jamie Crowell 2, Austin Ridinger 2, Brock Powers 1.
Richland: Carter Schmidt 16, Dillon Gavin 12, Corey Batchelder 12, Ty Rose 8, Kyle Oliver 5, Cade Landers 5, Gus McGowen 3, Hayden Morris 2, Quintin Jordan 1.
Three-point field goals: Cornersville (2): Smith 1, Caneer 1; Richland (3) Schmidt 1, Rose 1, Landers 1.
Halftime score: Richland 32, Cornersville 10.