Bulldogs handed 4-point loss
The Cornersville boys' basketball squad gave to the fans that remained for the entirety of the game quite a show on Tuesday night as the team clawed its way back from a 28-9 fourth quarter deficit to a four point loss 36-32, outscoring the visiting Warriors 23-8 in the final frame.
"They played hard and they don't quit," CMS coach Bryant Porter said. "I was proud of them for that. If we can get that every night, I can go home a happy coach."
Finn Gentry led the Bulldogs with five first quarter points, but a Cooper Parks turnaround jumper at the buzzer gave Culleoka an 8-5 lead heading into the second period.
The Bulldogs went cold as Trey Luna and Bryce Woodard each tallied the only baskets for the home team in the second period and the Warriors built a large lead heading into the break behind Presley Wise and Devyn McCandless 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs seemed to have lost all control of the game in the third quarter by not scoring a single point as the Warriors took a 28-9 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Bulldogs refused to give up, cutting the lead to three at 32-29 on a Garrett Alder offensive rebound and layup, but would get no closer as Culleoka knocked down its free throws to escape with the four-point win.
"We couldn't get our shots to fall and we got good shots all night long, but they just would not fall," Porter said. "We got a couple to fall and things started happening."
"We can score if we get on a roll and we couldn't get on a roll early," he added. "We went man-to-man and went all full out and said we've got to go or nothing happens and the guys stepped up and played hard. I was proud of them."
Culleoka 8 11 9 8-36
Cornersville 5 4 0 23-32
Culleoka (36): Christian Stewart 7, Will Jackson 7, Devyn McCandless 6, Pressley Wise 6, Cooper Parks 5, Cade Pigue 2, Hudson Adams 1
Cornersville (32): Finn Gentry 9, Trey Luna 8, Brady Calahan 5, Christian Wilson 2, Bryce Woodard 2, Garrett Alder 2