By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
CORINTH – When asked how he would prepare his game plan for Saturday night’s Alcorn County Tournament final against Corinth, Alcorn Central coach Brandon Quinn was quick to respond.
“I gotta stay up all night.”
Quinn’s Alcorn Central Golden Bears wrapped up a spot in the championship game with a 65-46 victory over the Biggersville Lions Friday night at the Crossroads Arena.
The Golden Bears wasted no time in garnering a lead, beginning the game on an 11-0 run in which Biggersville was held scoreless until the 2:32 mark of the quarter.
“We’ve talked all year long, defense creates offense,” said Quinn, “The defense has to get us going early and tonight it did that.”
Biggersville responded and ended the quarter on a 9-3 run to cut the Golden Bear lead to 14-9 after one.
The Lions (9-5) cut the game as close as 14-11 with its first possession of the second quarter.
However, momentum shifted when Trae Bain hit a three-point basket with 6:32 remaining in the second and immediately after the basket Biggersville head coach Jacky Rowsey was called for a technical foul.
Bain hit one-of-two free throws to extend the Golden Bear lead to 19-11, and Alcorn Central never looked back.
Rowsey looked immediately at one stat that turned the game in Alcorn Central’s favor: turnovers.
“We turned it over 27 times,” Rowsey said, “You don’t get the shots, you don’t score. That’s about as bad as it gets right there.”
Alcorn Central (14-5) led 34-25 at halftime and led by as many as 21 at 54-33 with 7:32 remaining in the contest.
Jordan Wyke led the Golden Bears with 17 points and Phillip Quinn and Trevor Smith each added 11 apice. Dexter Stafford led all scorers with 18 points, while Tevin Austin added 13 for the Lions.
– (G) Corinth 52, Biggersville 32: The three-seed Lady Warriors advanced to play top-seed Kossuth in tomorrow night’s championship game.
Corinth (9-8) put the game away in the third quarter using a 12-0 run that compassed five minutes of clock.
Erin Frazier recorded a double-double for Corinth with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Addison Henson led the Lady Lions (7-7) with 14 points.