Santa Fe captures pair of victories over Cornersville
The Wildcats from Santa Fe traveled to Cornersville on Monday for a game with the Lady Bulldogs, but the home team was a no show for the majority of the contest and Santa Fe headed back to Maury County with a convincing 47-20 win.
"We've got to learn to take care of the basketball," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "We've talked about breaking the press all year, it's been hurting us all year. We've got to learn how to take care of the basketball and we've got to hit the easy shots."
That's a really good basketball team that does everything right," Newton said. "The same thing that's been hurting us all year--take care of the basketball, hit your easy shots and make your free throws."
The Lady Dawgs were led by Meri Hannah Walker with six points and Daisi Bazulda with four points but scoring came at a premium for Cornersville on the night as the rest of the team combined for just 10 more points.
The Wildcats were led by Averi Slaughter with 10 points and Trinity Kelly, Laci Warf and Karlee Rowland with seven each.
The Wildcats came out of the gates on fire by scoring 16 points in the first quarter to just five Bulldog points and by the time the halftime buzzer sounded the game was all but decided as Santa Fe held a 22-9 edge.
The second half offered more of the same as Coach Newton went deep in the bench early in the half as the home team failed to put up any points on the board for the entirety of the third quarter and fell behind 37-9 going into the final frame.
The one positive takeaway from the game was that all the subs got plenty of game experience heading into the thick of the schedule.
"Anytime players that don't usually get to play get in the game and gain experience, everybody has fun," Newton said. "As a coach, you kind of look back and see how everyone is reacting. If the ones who play a lot are cheering everyone else on- you know you've got a special group. And that's kind of what we saw out there tonight."
The Cornersville bench provided a spark in the fourth period and outscored the Wildcats 11-10 to end the game in the 27-point loss.
The boys' nightcap versus Santa Fe went much of the way the girls opener did-- with the Wildcats jumping out to a large second quarter lead before cruising to an easy 20-point victory.
"They were better than us tonight--straight up," CMS coach Bryant Porter said. "They were better coached, they were better players, just more experienced than us. Everything you could ask for, they had. We actually played better tonight than the first time we played them--they beat us by 35."
"We were missing one of our most important players (Brady Calahan) and we still didn't get totally killed, which is a good thing," Porter added. "The main thing is we've got to go out and do what we've been taught instead of what we want to do."
The Bulldogs took an early 4-2 lead before three straight Wildcat 3-pointers from Andy Tomlin, Will Morholler and Sammy Joe Candle tipped the game in Santa Fe's favor at 11-4 before a Fin Gentry jumper on the block cut the lead to five with 25 seconds left in the first half.
Gentry knocked down a triple with 1:31 remaining in the half to whittle the Wildcat lead down to 17-9, but a Jeremy Dotson three point play on the ensuing possession and a Morholler 3-pointer off an inbounds pass put Santa Fe up 23-9.
The Bulldogs outscored the Wildcats 9-8 in the third quarter behind five Garrett Alder points, but the first half deficit was too large to overcome and despite a well-played second half by the home team, Santa Fe coasted to a 44-24 win.
"The first half of the year it was always that we stayed in the game in the first half and blew it in the second half and now we're doing a little better in the second half and not as good in the first half," Porter noticed. "I'm learning to coach them a little better so that's probably got something to do with the second half, maybe I wasn't doing as good a job in the first half. But the main thing is we've got to learn to play and do what we've been taught."
Santa Fe 16 6 15 10 47
Cornersville 5 4 0 11 20
Santa Fe (47): Averi Slaughter 10, Laci Warf 7, Trinity Kelly 7, Korlee Rowland 7, Gracie Mills 4, Emmy Bates 4, Rylee Long 4, Emily Hopkins 2, Josie Parks 2
Cornersville (20): Meri Hannah Walker 6, Daisi Bazulda 4, Abbie Woodard 3, Clara Jean Thompson 2, Camille Finch 2, Lexi Warren 2, Alli Wells 1
Santa Fe 11 14 9 10-44
Cornersville 6 3 8 5-22
Santa Fa (44)-Jeremy Dotson 14, Westin McClanahan 6, Will Morholler 6, Sammy Joe Cradle 5, Colton Steward 4, Ty Norman 4, Andy Tomlin 3, Landon Evans 2.
Cornersville (22)-Fin Gentry 6, Trey Luna 5, Garrett Alder 5, Hunter Fitzgerald 3, Connor McVey 1, Cooper Wright 1, Andrew Santi 1.
Three-pointer goals-Santa Fe (4): Morholler 2, Candle, Tomlin
Cornersville (2): Gentry, Fitzgerald.