CORNERSVILLE — After hanging with Huntland (13-10, 4-1) through a closely-contested first half, Cornersville (6-14, 0-5) fell behind early in the third quarter and could not match a spectacular …
CORNERSVILLE — After hanging with Huntland (13-10, 4-1) through a closely-contested first half, Cornersville (6-14, 0-5) fell behind early in the third quarter and could not match a spectacular night shooting by the Hornets in a 98-60 District 9-A loss on Tuesday night.
On any other night, scoring 60 points would have the Bulldogs positioned to contend for a win down the stretch, but Huntland erupted for 64 second-half points—a pace which Cornersville was simply unable to slow down.
Huntland jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and scored 15 points, spread among five players, while the Bulldogs weren’t far behind.
A 19-point effort in the second quarter matched Huntland’s point production, with Hayden Grover and Kel Ford knocking down key shots.
The Bulldog pair combined for 15 points in the period.
Still, Cornersville only trailed by four at the half.
And Grover continued to find open looks into the third quarter, adding six more points to the cause, while Gage Lovell was able to add six of his own.
But the issue wasn’t finding shots, but rather slowing the frantic pace in which Huntland was able to execute.
In the third, Huntland caught fire and got nine points from Trace Kilpatrick, seven from Braylen Phillips, and eight from Eli Wiggs, as part of a 30-point quarter.
That successful offensive execution spilled over into the fourth as Huntland went on a 34-12 romp to close the game.
Of Huntland’s eight players who scored, five reached double figures, with Lashawn Kimmons and Phillips combining for 46 points in the game.
Wiggs added 19 as well.
Grover made his impact on the game as well and led the hosts with 20, while Ford and Lovell also hit double figures, adding 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Cornersville hopes to get back in the win column and pick up a much-needed District 9-A win on Friday night, hosting Fayetteville City.
During their last meeting, Fayetteville took a 66-42 win against the Bulldogs.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Huntland 15 19 30 34 — 98
Cornersville 11 19 18 12 — 60
Huntland: Lashawn Kimmons 24, Braylen Phillips 22, Eli Wiggs 19, Trace Kilpatrick 13, Kennon Lafever 11, Demetri Reed 5, Jarron Kinslow 2, Avery Petty 2.
Cornersville: Hayden Grover 20, Kel Ford 12, Gage Lovell 11, Ben Franklin 6, Kale Adcox 4, Blaine Woodard 3, Colyn Schillig 2, Charlie Coble 2.
3-Point goals: Huntland (7): Phillips 3, Kimmons, Kilpatrick, Wiggs, Reed; Cornersville (1): Woodard.
Halftime score: Huntland 34, Cornersville 30.