Bulldogs fall to Bobcats in holiday bout

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Junior guard Eli Woodard penetrates against the Bobcat defense before getting off a tough shot in the lane.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Giles County matchup versus Cornersville seemed to be evenly matched at first glance on the court despite the massive difference in student enrollment and classification size.

The game also served as a homecoming of sorts for Cornersville starting point guard Darian Bush, who transferred to Cornersville from the Pulaski school.

But the niceties where quickly put to rest as the Bobcats superior size and athletic advantage turned a close game early to a runaway blowout at 68-40.

"I don't know if it was fatigue, but we didn't rebound the ball very well," Bulldog coach Matt Hagan said. "They had some athletes, they had some height. We've just got to work on being a better disciplined team. The things I'm asking them to do, they're not always doing it out there."

The Bulldogs shot an atrocious 4-for-27 from long range and the Bobcats made Cornersville pay with the long rebounds in transition.

Giles County big man K.J. Ziegler led all scorers with 28 points with many coming on put-backs and run outs.

"Tonight we were 4-for-27 from three-point range so we need to work on our outside shots," Bulldog guard Kolbe McMahon said. "We need to get the posts more touches so our three-point shooters can have more open looks and we need to get more rebounds. We need to work on making better passes with less turnovers."

Caleb Crowell (24) gets a shot off surrounded by the Giles County defense during the Bulldogs opening game of the Richland Christmas Tournament.

Turnovers plagued the Bulldogs throughout the contest and despite hanging around for the majority of the first quarter and early second, the game was out of hand before the initial half came to a close.

Bush led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points despite shooting 2-for-12 from long range and McMahon added 10 points and five rebounds.

"I've got a lot of athletes, but very few of them play basketball on a consistent basis," Hagan said. "So we're still trying to get some of these guys back into basketball shape before the district season rolls around."