Young Bulldogs getting closer to first win
Cornersville hit the road for the second game in a row Friday night at Santa Fe, looking to build on the close 10-point loss it suffered at the hands of the Hampshire Hawks on Tuesday.
The elusive first win of the season would have to wait until another night as the senior laden Santa Fe squad jumped out to an early lead and did not let up until the 71-36 Bulldog blow out was complete.
"We got off to a slow start," Cornersville coach Jeff Morton said. "We're young, they have six seniors. "We didn't match up very well with those guys tonight."
Cornersville was led by Cody Caneer and Eli Woodard in the scoring column, each scoring eight points. Woodard also led the Bulldogs on the boards with five rebounds.
The Wildcats (2-6, 1-1) jumped out to an early 12-0 lead before Woodard finally got the Bulldogs (0-4, 0-2) on the board with a 3-pointer and Carver would add two free throws to cut the lead to seven, but the Wildcats scored four more points to end the quarter with a 16-5 lead.
The Bulldogs found a bit of rhythm on the offensive end in the second quarter, led by four Michael Allen points and three more Woodard points.
The Wildcats scored 29 points in the quarter, behind 10 Justin Himes and nine Wyatt Long points as Santa Fe lead ballooned its lead to 26 points at the half for a 45-19 score.
"We could have hustled more, I know that," freshman Cam Whitaker, who led the Bulldogs with four assists, said. "Our man defense didn't work, our 2-3 defense didn't work, nothing worked. We just couldn't get it going tonight."
The Wildcats continued to pile the scoring on in the third frame as seven different Santa Fe players racked up a basket, pushing the lead over 30, heading into the fourth.
The Bulldogs managed to outscore the Wildcats 10-9 in the final period with a Caneer 3-pointer and three points from Whitaker to end the game on a positive note for the young Cornersville squad.
"They just have to stay confident," Morton said. "In this region there is a tough game every night."
The Bulldogs can find encouragement knowing its back court of freshman Woodard and Whitaker and sophomore Allen, who combined for 17 points and 12 rebounds on Friday are only going to better with more experience.
"We really need to work on boxing out, Columbia Academy has some big guys," Allen pointed out. "If we work on our boxing out, getting rebounds and playing good defense we have a chance."
Cornersville 5 14 7 10 36
Santa Fe 16 29 17 9 71
Cornersville (36): Michael Allen 4, Eli Woodard 8, Cameron Whitaker 5, Cody Caneer 8, Austin Ridinger 6, Will Vanhooser 2, Henlee Mitchell 3.
Santa Fe (71): Walters 4, Himes 16, Hyle 3, Brito 12, Atkinson 8, Hemphill 9, Caudle 3, Long 16.
Three pointers- Cornersville (3): Woodard 1, Mitchell 1, Caneer 1. Santa Fe (2): Long 1, Hemphill 1.