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Two in a row for Vikings

Sunday, December 23, 2012

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Darian Pride elevates for two points to help the Vikings to a win over Cornersville in their final game before Christmas break.
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One is a start. Two is a trend.

Balanced scoring and a solid effort on the boards paved the way for the Community Vikings as they put a horrid seven-game losing streak in the rear view mirror with their second consecutive victory on Friday night in a 67-40 win over Cornersville in the final game of the Community Christmas Classic.

Tanner Simmons' emergence as the offensive force that befit his skills has been the key to the Vikings' mini-resurgence, as he led the way with 14 points in limited playing time.

"It's nice to have two wins going into the Christmas break," Community coach Robbie Davis said. "Shots that weren't going in before are starting to fall for us now.

"It got to the point where it kind of felt like we were shooting and hoping it would go in where as now the kids are putting it up knowing that it is going in."

Community wasted little time in pouncing on the Bulldogs as freshman Quinn Frost opened with the hot hand to score five points followed closely by a four point effort by Simmons to aid a 17-10 advantage after one period of play.

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Viking junior Quinn Frost stops and pops from the 3-point line against visiting Cornersville.
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The Vikings dominated the boards in the second quarter and Taylor Paschal and Luke Primm hit a 3-pointer each in the second frame with Zeke Grissom matching a field goal by Simmons to put their team up 27-16 at the half.

Community charged out of the gate in the third period with a flurry of baskets and limited the visitors to just one shot on their end to push the cushion to 47-24 and the rout was on.

The Bulldogs were forced to foul in an effort to preserve the clock in the fourth quarter but the Vikings spoiled that strategy by connecting on 8-of-8 attempts. Tyler Broiles and Primm connected from behind the arch as well.

"The kids are playing with a lot more confidence in the last couple of games and the results speak for themselves," Davis said.

"We will take some time with our families to celebrate Christmas but I can tell you that to a man that we can't wait to get back in the gym and look forward to the second half of the season."

Simmons led all scorers with 14 points. Primm added 11 and Logan Pierce joined with 10 for the Purple and Gold.

Community welcomes Huntland on Jan. 4 at 7:30.

CHS 67

Simmons 14, Primm 11, Pierce 10, Frost 8, Pride 6, Fanning 6, Grissom 6, Paschal 3, Broiles 3, Cowan, Eady, Ralston, Robey.

CVHS 40

McMahon 7, Lowery 6, Crowell 6, Griffis, T. Lowery 4, Lovett 4, Wells 3, Looney 2, Dalton 2.

3-point goals--CHS 7, CVHS 1.

Halftime--CHS 27, CVHS 16.


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