Raiders extend streak, send Bulldogs home with a loss
Riding its first three-game winning streak in over two seasons the Cornersville Bulldogs faced a daunting task against one-loss Richland.
To make matters worse the Bulldogs traveled to Lynnville without its head coach, Matt Hagan, who is sitting out two games after being ejected during the Santa Fe contest.
But with assistant coach Louis Scheuchenzuber on the bench the Bulldogs handled the Raiders' press with ease during the first two quarters before Richland's experience and depth allowed the Giles County squad to pull away for the 67-39 win.
"We just kind of got out of what we had been doing the previous three wins," Scheuchenzuber said. "We did an ok job against their press overall. I thought it was just on offense, the last three games we had been doing a good job sharing the ball and we kind of got away from that."
"Guys are trying to do too much one-on-one," Scheuchenzuber added. "And I think we got caught up in Richland's tempo. They were trying to speed the game up and we kind of fell into that trap. We played hard, it's just Richland is a good team and they played well tonight."
Although the Bulldogs were able to beat the Raiders' press, high quality shots were at a premium and Cornersville scored 10 points overall in the second and fourth quarters.
The Bulldogs were led by Eli Woodard with just six points and Cam Whitaker, Henlee Mitchell and Michael Allen chipped in four points apiece.
The Raiders were led by 15 from Noah Neely, 14 from Ty Landers and 12 from Corey Batchledle.
The first quarter saw the Bulldogs pull within 9-6 on back-to-back layups from Michael Allen and Eli Woodard.
Richland took off on an 11-2 run before Cam Whitaker stopped the bleeding on a layup to pull the Bulldogs to within 10 points at 20-10.
That was as close as Cornersville would come to the Raiders, scoring just two more Eli Woodard points the rest of the half for a 32-12 deficit.
The Bulldogs managed to get its offense going in the third quarter with five different players scoring two points each, but the Raiders scored 18 points in the quarter for the 50-22 lead, essentially ending the game.
With a running clock for the majority of the final period the two district rivals shuffled in the reserves and the Bulldogs headed back to southern Marshall County with a 35-point loss.
"I think they learned what we need to do against good teams is just run our offense," Scheuchenzuber noted, "We can go a little more up tempo against some of the other teams in the district, but against the top end teams we have to be a little bit more patient."
Cornersville 8 4 10 6-28
Richland 16 16 18 13-63
Cornersville (28): Eli Woodard 6, Cam Whitaker 4, Henlee Mitchell 4, Michael Allen 4, Cameron Garner 3, Austin Ridinger 2, Devin Baus 2, Alexander Stewart 2, Hunter Sharp 1
3-point goals (1): Garner
Richland (63): Noah Neely 15, Ty Landers 14, Corey Batchledle 12, Latrell Daly 7, Ty Rose 4, Logan Helton 4, Cade Landers 3, Hunter Inman 2, Kyle Oliver 2
3-point goals (5): Ty Landers 3, Batchledle, Cade Landers 2
Halftime score: Richland 32, Cornersville 12