Bulldogs settle for 4th in 9-A tourney

By Chris Siers ~ sports@t-g.com
Posted 2/24/22

LYNCHBURG — It was an offensive struggle for the Cornersville Bulldogs (11-13) in the semifinals and consolation round of the District 9-A tournament. After falling to Moore County, 54-31, in …

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Bulldogs settle for 4th in 9-A tourney

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LYNCHBURG — It was an offensive struggle for the Cornersville Bulldogs (11-13) in the semifinals and consolation round of the District 9-A tournament.
After falling to Moore County, 54-31, in the semifinals, the Bulldogs fell behind in the second half against Eagleville in the district consolation game and fell, 42-36.
Against Eagleville (8-22) on Tuesday night, the Eagles got off to a solid start, jumping out to an 11-7 lead, but managed just four points in the second quarter.
The Eagles rallied for nine in the second period and held a slim, 16-15 lead at the half.
While the Bulldogs remained competitive into the third quarter, pitching in another 12 points, the Eagles steamed ahead and went for 19 in the third.
Eagleville closed the game on a 16-9 run in the fourth quarter and was able to hold on for the six-point win.
Eli Welch and Mason Callahan led the Bulldogs, scoring 12 points apiece, but struggled to get consistent scoring from the remainder of the lineup.
Four additional Bulldogs combined for just 12 more points.
Eagleville was led by C.J. Goers, who scored 11, and Hagen Bugg, who chipped in 10 points.
While the Bulldogs suffered back-to-back losses in the 9-A tournament, Cornersville’s season is still alive.
The Bulldogs will be on the road in the opening round of the Region 5-A tournament and will face the District 10-A champion in the region quarterfinals.

Cornersville 11 4 12 9 — 36
Eagleville 7 9 19 16 — 42

Cornersville: Eli Welch 12, Mason Callahan 12, Ben Franklin 4, Bryce Woodard 3, Andrew Santini 3, Blaine Woodard 2.
Eagleville: C.J. Goers 11, Hagen Bugg 10, Jordan Reed 8, Rhett Deaton 4, Keydon Bassham 4, Grey Barker 3, Noah Lilly 2.
3-Point goals: Eagleville (5): Goers 3, Reed 2; Cornersville (3) Callahan 2, Santini.
Halftime score: Eagleville 16, Cornersville 15.

Moore Co. 54, Cornersville 31
After a closely-fought first half in the 9-A semifinals against host Moore County, the Raiders caught fire in the second half and the Bulldogs were unable to match the point production in a 54-31 defeat.
Both offenses struggled to get going in the first half, with Cornersville matching Moore County’s eight points in the opening quarter.
The Raiders only bested the Bulldogs by two points in the second period for an 18-16 halftime lead.
But in the second half, Moore County caught fire from the perimeter and of the team’s eight total 3-pointers, five came in the second half.
Moore County charged ahead with a 21-point third quarter and never looked back.
The Raiders held Cornersville to just five points in the fourth quarter to preserve the 23-point win.
Moore County’s Will Harder pitched in a game-high 23 points, while Alex Copeland added 15.
Eli Welch was the lone Bulldog to reach double figures, as he lead Cornersville with 15 points.

Cornersville 8 8 10 5 — 31
Moore Co. 8 10 21 12 — 54

Cornersville: Eli Welch 15, Ben Franklin 6, Mason Callahan 5, Gave Lovell 3, Blaine Woodard 2.
Moore Co.: Will Harder 23, Alex Copeland 15, Will Baker 8, Colton Bateman 2, Keller Morey 2, Will Parker 2, Peyton Martin 2.
3-Point goals: Moore Co. (8): Harder 5, Baker 2, Copeland; Cornersville (1): Lovell.
Halftime score: Moore Co. 18, Cornersville 16.

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