By Blake Long / Special to the Journal
CORINTH – Alcorn Central gave Corinth a much different game than their 94-61 blowout by the Warriors in their first meeting.
However, the Golden Bears’ early punch was returned by Corinth, as the Warriors garnered their fifth straight Alcorn County Tournament title 81-62 over Alcorn Central at the Crossroads Arena.
The win improved Corinth’s record to 16-2, and marked the twelfth time in thirteen years the Warriors have won the Alcorn County Tournament Championship.
“It was a night where nothing really clicked early on,” said Corinth coach Keith Greene, “I’m proud for the kids.”
The Golden Bears started the game on a 7-2 run, but the Warriors quickly responded with their 8-0 run in the middle of the quarter.
Corinth took a 20-16 lead with 47 seconds remaining in the quarter on two free throws by Deione Weeks, and the Warriors never trailed the rest of the game. Corinth led 31-26 at halftime, and quickly bolted to a double-digit lead to begin the second half at 36-26 after Steven Polk’s three pointer.
Alcorn Central never gave up, cutting Corinth’s lead to 46-44 with 1:49 remaining in the third on a layup by Trevor Smith.
However, foul trouble sent three Golden Bear starters to the bench permanently in the fourth quarter and the Warriors pulled away. In the half, Alcorn Central was called for 19 fouls and Corinth had 12.
Corinth also dominated the offensive boards, for the game the Warriors outrebounded Alcorn Central by a plus-nine margin.
“You had two good teams that came together and played a hard ball game,” Golden Bears coach Brandon Quinn said, “I felt like our guys came out with determination that they were going to stay in the ball game, and I feel we did.”
Weeks scored a career-high 30 points to pick up the slack of Deonte Herman. Herman, who was named the tournament’s MVP, scored only 3 points in the first half and finished with 11.
Smith scored 19 to lead the Golden Bear attack, while Jordan Wyke added 16 and Trae Bain scored 11.
n (G) Kossuth 54, Corinth 42: The Lady Aggies garnered their second Alcorn County Tournament title in a row with their victory over Corinth.
Kossuth began the game on a 7-0 run and Annaleigh Coleman’s free throws with 29 seconds remaining in the quarter gave Kossuth a 15-6 advantage after the first.
After leading 32-20 at the break, Kossuth pulled away in the second half and led by as much as 24 points in the third quarter.
“We didn’t rebound real well tonight,” Kossuth coach Larry Johnson said, then smiled, “But we’ll take the Alcorn County championship anytime.”
Tournament MVP Katie Garvin scored 17 points to lead the Lady Aggies, while Erin Frazier and Audrianna Green each scored 13 to pace Corinth.
n Game summaries, Page 2B