Cornersville still searching for win

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Cornersville's Cody Caneer skies for a rebound versus Unionville at the Richland Christmas Tournament on Monday. Photos by Laura Osborne

The Bulldogs traveled to Lynnville for the Richland Christmas Tournament still looking for its first win of the season against a talented Unionville squad.

The Bulldogs would go on to lose the contest by a score of 72-47, but the Cornersville faithful can find solace knowing that the young team has not thrown in the towel on the season and is improving game by game.

Size difference

"We played with a little bit more intensity tonight but we gave up a lot of size to that team," Cornersville coach Jeff Morton said. "I think it caught up with us in the final two quarters."

Cornersville (0-8) came out scorching hot, led by senior guard Cody Caneer's nine first quarter points and four from junior post Austin Ridinger to end the first quarter with a 13-13 tie.

"Getting my starting position back was a confidence booster for me," Caneer said. "The Mt. Pleasant game kind of got my confidence down. The Zion game I got my motivation back with my starting position and it just carried through to this game."

The Bulldogs were held to just six second quarter points, but Cornersville held the Vikings to 17 and were down just 11 points at the break.

JD Crabtree attempts a foul shot versus Community.

Brief hope

Eli Woodard nailed a 3-pointer on an assist from Michael Allen to cut the Vikings' lead to eight points and a Caneer jumper on an Allen pass kept the lead to eight before three Austin Siebers three 3-pointers led Unionville on a 20-0 run to end the third period and essentially, end the game.

Unlike the last five games, when the Bulldogs got down big on this night, the fight was still on and Cornersville outscored the Vikings 21-20 in the final period, led by four points each by Caneer and Cam Whitaker to end the game on a positive note.

"Well, the past two or three games we played a great first quarter," Woodard stated. "This time we took that first quarter through the whole game and we played as hard as we did in the first quarter the entire game."

Team leader

Caneer led the Bulldogs with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and Eli Woodard chipped in seven points, three steals and two rebounds.

"I really feel like the effort was there tonight," Caneer said. "And we were motivated to win tonight. Everything was there that needed to be there. Shooting, effort, and defense. But effort was the key tonight."

Cornersville continued play at the Richland Christmas Tournament on Tuesday when they played Frank Hughes.

Cornersville 13 6 7 21 47

Community 13 17 22 20 72

Cornersville (47): Michael Allen 4, Eli Woodard 7, Austin Ridinger 6, Cody Caneer 15, Cameron Whitaker 4, John D. Crabtree 2, Will Vanhooser 3, Marques Martin 3, Colton McVey 1, Tyler Wolaver 2.

Unionville (72): Darrian Pride 15, Braden Simmons 4, Jackson Wisener 5, Nathan Smith 8, Dillon Whitaker 2, Tyler Bushnell 8, Graham Coates 6, Kyle Davidson 5, Austin Siebers 16, Jarrett Collier 1, Thomas Buchanan 2.

Three-point goals: Cornersville (3) - Woodard, Vanhooser, Martin. Unionville (4) - Siebers 3, Bushnell.