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The Cornerstone Christian boys’ basketball team captured the Highlands Latin Tournament this past weekend.
The Bulldogs won a trio of games to capture the title. They beat Holy Angels, 74-28, in their first game, the Academy for Individual Excellence, 72-34, in the semifinals, and Bluegrass Baptist, 54-40, in the final.
Senior Josh Woodward and his younger brother, eighth-grader Michael Woodward, totaled 43 points (14.3 points per) apiece in three games for the Bulldogs (10-2). Junior Nate Oates added 37 points (12.3 ppg).
Oates scored a game-high16 points, and Michael Woodward contributed 13 points and Josh Woodward 11, in Cornerstone’s first victory over the Angels. In that game the Bulldogs blew out to an 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised from there.
In the semifinal victory over the Cougars, Josh Woodward scored a game-high 21 points. Oates added 14 and Michael Woodward 13 for Cornerstone, which once again ran out to a huge lead (23-3 at the end of the first period).
In the championship game, Michael Woodward tallied a team-high 17 points, and Josh Woodward added 11 for Cornerstone, which led, 18-5, at the end of the first quarter before the Eagles trimmed that to 23-17 by halftime. The Bulldogs, though, outscored Bluegrass Baptist, 31-23, in the second half.
Also for Cornerstone, sophomore Trevor Watkins tallied 24 points in the three games, junior Jerrit Brooks 20 and junior Jacob Tipton 14.
The Bulldogs are off until they play at Sayers on Jan. 10.
BOYS’ BASKEBALL: Collins 52, CAL 36
Senior Dez Marshall scored 17 points, and Terez Smith had a double-double as the Titans (7-1) dominated the visiting Centurions (6-3) despite shooting below 30 percent from the field. Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Collins also held CAL to below 30 percent shooting but gave up 18 points to Logan Wade.
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: SCHS wins, Collins loses
SCHS followed up its victory over Collins on Friday with a 52-45 triumph over host Bullitt Central on Saturday in the Bullitt County Challenge.
Mackenzie Raizor, who hit the game-winning free throw in the victory over the Titans, tallied a team-high 19 points. She got plenty of help, as freshman forward Justus Martin added 11 points, sophomore point guard Katie Hudgens 10 and junior forward Nikki Simmons eight for the Rockets (5-3).
Shelby County, which hosted district rival Spencer County on Tuesday night, next plays at Bardstown on Dec. 28 as part of Bardstown’s Boys & Girls Christmas Classic.
Louisville Holy Cross 64, Collins 48
An outstanding performance by senior forward Aaliyah Wells went in vain as the Cougars topped the Titans Saturday at Pleasure Ridge Park in the Dixie Highway Shootout.
Wells scored a game-high 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded 6 steals for Collins (4-3), which trailed, 14-7, at the end of the first quarter and was outscored, 24-9, in the second period.
Collins came back to outscore Holy Cross, 20-13, in the third quarter, but the Cougars out-pointed the Titans, 13-12, in the fourth.
Senior forward Sydney Morabito scored 19 points to lead Holy Cross (3-4).
Collins next plays Madison Central at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lady Dragon Hoop Fest at South Oldham.
Compiled by Josh Cook