By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
CORINTH – Corinth assistant coach Marty Walker knows what to expect from Keith Greene. After all, he did play for him in his high school days.
So with the Warriors’ coach hospitalized and out for a game against Olive Branch, Walker picked up where his boss left off in a 76-65 win over the Conquistadors.
“It’s all about Corinth coming together and being successful in whatever that we do,” Walker said. “It feels good to be able to get the win without him here to know that when we have all our assets available to us it’ll give us a better chance to get where we’re trying to go.”
Where the Warriors are trying to go is back to Jackson for a second straight year after falling to Booneville in last year’s Class 3A championship game, and sophomore Raheem Sorrell is confident that will happen.
“We’re gonna go back to state again, I know,” Sorrell, Corinth’s post player who scored 18 points this night, said.
The Warriors, now in Class 4A, looked like a team primed for a postseason run against Olive Branch. Jose Contreras led the defensive effort by taking six charges as Conquistador players drove the lane.
“You have to have something special in you to give your body up and Jose’s just that type of kid,” said Walker. “He’ll put his body out there and it turned out to be good tonight.”
After a slow first half, in which Corinth (9-1) led 30-20 at halftime, both teams picked up the pace in the third quarter.
Olive Branch doubled their score with a 23 point second quarter to cut Corinth’s lead to 47-43 after three. The Conquistadors (6-6) cut their deficit to two-points twice, the last on a John Cornish (16 points) layup with 7:12 to play.
But Deione Weeks scored nine of his game high 19 points in the fourth to help the Warriors, ranked 3rd by the Daily Journal, up their lead to double digits again.
(G) Corinth 55, Olive Branch 47: Sadie Johnson’s three-pointer with one minute remaining gave the Lady Warriors their first lead of the game, which they kept for their third win of the season.