Top five Tigers easily handle Bulldogs
The fifth-ranked Fayetteville (21-4, 8-1) Tigers and the Cornersville (9-12, 2-7) Bulldogs met Friday night in a District 8-A battle.
The Tigers proved too much for the Bulldogs as they easily rolled to a 64-27 victory and a sweep of the district series.
Both teams, as well as their communities are in the middle of battling illness with players on both sides having to play through to continue the season’s remaining games.
The Tigers were led by Julius Dixon, a 6’7” Morehead State University signee, with 23 points and guard Floyd Williams who scored 19 points and had four steals.
The game began with a two-pointer by Cornersville’s Henlee Mitchell, courtesy of a great feed by Trey Luna.
Dixon canned two free-throws before Eli Woodard popped a 3-pointer from deep in the corner, and Mitchell struck again with another two-pointer, this time getting an assist from Woodard.
Fayetteville went on a six-point run with two baskets by Desiah Bartleson, followed by a field goal from Dixon.
Woodard, showcasing his speed and quickness, stole the ball and laid it in to make the score 9-8, Cornersville.
The Tigers held the ball for the last shot in the quarter and Eli Dotson converted a two-pointer and at the end of one period, Fayetteville led 10-9.
The second quarter opened with the Tigers flexing their muscles as Dixon scored and after a battle under the goal, Williams dropped in two, was fouled and added the free-throw to stretch the lead to 15-9.
Cameron Whitaker scored on a jumper and Alexander Stewart with an assist from Whitaker, did likewise to cut into the Fayetteville lead.
Dixon scored a basket and Williams rattled off six points and the Tigers stretched the lead again
Dixon broke loose and on a dunk worthy of a SportsCenter replay, was whistled a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
Stewart converted 1-of-2 free throws.
Williams wrapped up the scoring with a basket and at the half Fayetteville led 27-14.
The third quarter opened with a three by Dixon before Woodard and Marquis Martin put in baskets for the Bulldogs.
Dixon was fouled on another shot attempt and converted the two free-throws and Williams, without hanging on the rim, rammed home a dunk.
At the 3:38 mark the Tigers were up 35-18 and Dixon and Williams were continuing their dominant play. Woodard scored and converted two free throws and was the lone scorer in the period for the Bulldogs.
As the third quarter slipped away the Bulldogs were guilty of their seventh foul, giving Fayetteville one-and-one free throw shooting the rest of the game.
The end of the third quarter saw Fayetteville up 46-22.
The fourth quarter was a replay of the third as Fayetteville kept the Bulldogs at bay with a barrage of baskets mixed in with free throws.
Dixon got another dunk and Williams added a free throw and the subs downed two 3-pointers, one each by Brayden Hockett and Bryson Casey.
Tanner Reese scored a basket as did Luna before Blake Pickett dropped in a free-throw for the Bulldogs and the Tigers played keep-a-way to end the game.
Tyler Wolaver, still out with an ankle sprain, commented,” We played decent, but turned the ball over, Devin Baus was sick and Henlee (Mitchell) wasn’t feeling good, but hopefully we’ll all be feeling better and ready to go in the district tournament.”
Fayetteville 10 17 19 18 – 64
Cornersville 9 5 8 5–27
Fayetteville (64) Julius Dixon 23, Floyd Williams 19, Eli Dotson 6, Jacious Clark 4, Desiah Bartleson 4, Bryson Casey 3, Brayden Hockett 3, Xayvion Hicks 2.
Free Throws (12-for-20): Dixon 6-for-9, Williams 5-for-7, Pace 0-for-4.
3 Point Goals (3): Dixon, Hockett, Casey.
Cornersville (27) Eli Woodard 11, Henlee Mitchell 4, Alexander Stewart 3, Cameron Whitaker 2, Trey Luna 2, Marquis Martin 2, Tanner Reese 2, Pickett 1.
Free Throws (4-for-7): Woodard 2-for-2, Stewart 1-for-2, Pickett 1-for-2, Welsh 0-for-1.
3 Point Goals (1) Woodard.
Halftime score: Fayetteville 27, Cornersville 14.