Warriors mount second half comeback against Panthers
AMORY – Corinth couldn’t get a shot to fall down in the first half. Amory had the same problem in the second half.
Corinth (14-4, 6-0) came back from an 8-point halftime deficit to beat division rival Amory 55-44 at home and roll out to a 6-0 record in Division 1-4A. Amory fell to 2-3 in the division, with two of the three losses coming at Corinth’s hands.
“It was the same thing that happened to us Friday against Shannon,” Amory coach Rob Browning said. “They wanted it more in the third quarter, and that will get you beat every night.”
The Panthers (9-4, 2-3) jumped out to a quick 7-0 start, aided by a layup and a three-pointer from Jaylon Fair, who led Amory with 13 points in the loss.
Jazz Garner hit a three and a two-point shot to put the Warriors down by just one to close out the first quarter, but Amory responded with a 12-6 run in the second to give them a 22-15 halftime lead.
“It was a physical game, especially in the first half,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “They weren’t scoring like they usually do either, and I told my guys that. I told them it was an ugly game, and we needed to stay calm.
Corinth opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run with Raheem Sorrell’s basket giving the Warriors their first lead of the game.
“We were more patient on offense in the second half,” Greene said. “We slowed down. In the first half, we shot it after two passes every possession. That was our fault. We started off well in the second half, got it inside to our big guy, and from there, the momentum kind of shifted our way.”
Midway through the third, both teams exchanged the lead on three point shots. Fair hit a three to tie it up with Garner responding with a three-pointer of his own. Devin McIntosh’s three tied it back up, but Corinth would take the lead for good later on a Kendrick Williams basket at the end of the period.
Amory scored six straight, on two baskets from Beeks and one from Jailon Lowe, to end the game and put Corinth’s lead back to single digits.
Sorrell and Darius Gaines each finished in double figures for Corinth with 12 and 10 points respectively. Nick Beeks scored 12 for Amory.
The loss marked the third straight for Amory after a division loss to Shannon and one to Horn Lake.
“We’ve just got to keep working. There’s a lot of things I see that we’ve got to get better on that may have been covered up when we were shooting the ball well,” Browning said. “We’re not shooting the ball well at all. I don’t know what the reason is for that, but it’s affecting other parts of our game too.”
(G) Corinth 70, Amory 39: Kadeihi Long scored 14 points for Corinth in the win, while Apsen Stricklen scored 11. Kerina Harris and Ashley Thompson paced Amory with 11 points each.
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