Blue Devils dominate Bulldogs

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Darien Bush pulls up for two of his 12 points against White House at the Richland Christmas Tournament.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

After losing in a blowout the previous night to a tall and athletic Giles County squad, the Cornersville Bulldogs (2-9) faced another stiff test from another bigger school with an impressive early season resume in White House (10-6).

The Blue Devils’ all-out press confused the Bulldogs at first, but Cornersville came roaring back from an early double digit deficit to tie the game late in the first quarter and hang around for the majority of the second period, but the Blue Devils superior depth and athleticism ultimately doomed the boys from Frog Bottom in a 96-54 loss.

"We played pretty good in spurts but, we played a better team than us," Bulldog coach Matt Hagan said. "It wasn't really a problem with effort because I was pleased with our effort. I was pleased in the first half with the way they were looking for one another through the press."

"(In the) third quarter we start trying to dribble through the press too much," Hagan added. "We just played a better ball team. They beat some good teams and they're a bigger school than us. We'll be alright."

The Bulldogs picked up a career night from senior Kolbe McMahon, who finished the night with a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists.

"Yesterday we shot 27 three's and we only made four of them," McMahon said. "So coach said we need to get a post touch before we shoot the ball from the outside. Yesterday I got the ball maybe eight times and only scored 10 points and tonight I touched the ball a lot more and had 25."

Cornersville also picked up 12 points and three assists from Darian Bush.

The Blue Devils were led by a committee of scorers with Jared Ward's 24 points leading the way. Kyle Elliott added 23 points and Evan Webster chipped in 15 points.

The Blue Devils initial hustle and fast pace surprised the Bulldogs and the game looked to be getting out of hand fairly quickly.

But the Bulldogs slowed things down and started to pass around the press instead of dribbling, which led to four straight wide open layups by McMahon to bring an early seeming blowout to 15-15 game with just under two minutes remaining in the first period.

The Blue Devils were able to break clean for three easy shots before the first quarter buzzer sounded with the score 21-15.

Tyler Wolaver turns a jump shot into a last second pass against White House.

McMahon found some help in the second quarter as Bush, Tyler Wolaver, Marques Martin, and Eli Woodard all scored a bucket the keep the game close, but the Blue Devils were pulling away by the time intermission started.

The third quarter proved to be the deciding factor in the contest as White House outscored Cornersville 35-17 before the reserves finished the game in the fourth quarter.

"I don't things really went wrong exactly, we were just outmatched," Hagan said. "They shot good from the three-point line, they move the ball, they're fundamentally sound, and they don't try to dribble through presses.”

“All the little things we're asking our guys to do, they are already there. And they know they're game plan. They know what they're doing. They get after it. Best team we've played all year."

The Bulldogs took on Eagleville Tuesday night before a trip to Moore County on Friday.

Cornersville 15 14 17 8-54

White House 21 25 35 14-96

Cornersville (54): Kolbe McMahon 25, Darian Bush 12, Tyler Wolaver 4, Cameron Whitaker 3, Alexander Stewart 3, Marquis Martin 2, Eli Woodard 2, Henlee Mitchell 2, Caleb Crowell 1.

3-Point Goals (0).

White House (96): Jared Ward 24, Kyle Elliott 23, Evan Webster 15, Cole Pond 9, Durstin Adams 6, Logan Neufield 6, Kevin James 5, Andrew Nixon 2, Jacob McDonald 2, Zak Lamal 2, Bryant Reynolds 1.

3-Point Goals (10): Jared Ward 3, Evan Webster 3, Cole Pond, Logan Neufield, Durstin Adams, Kyle Elliott.

Halftime Score: White House 46, Cornersville 29.