County tourneys get set to tip off

By Gene Phelps / NEMS Daily Journal

Cedric Brim was a starting guard on Mooreville’s 1991 Class 2A state championship basketball team, one that finished with an impressive 38-1 record.
Who beat the Troopers that season, you ask?
“Shannon,” Brim says, without hesitation, “… in the finals of the Lee County Tournament.”
Brim, who is in his fourth season as Shannon’s boys coach, leads his Red Raiders into this week’s four-school Lee County Tournament, which is being played this year in Saltillo.
Shannon plays Nettleton at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. The finals are scheduled for Friday at 7 (girls) and 8:30 (boys).
“We never won the county tournament while I was at Mooreville,” said Brim, who later played at Ole Miss. “I’ve won it once (2007-08) here at Shannon.
“We want to win it. It’s still important to my players. You are playing your rivals.”
The Lee County Tournament is one of four NEMiss county tournaments on this week’s high school hoops schedule.
Alcorn County tips off three days of play Thursday at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth. Monroe County plays its three-day event in Hamilton while Tippah County’s three-day tourney will be at the Ripley High School Event Center.
“We’re playing well right now,” said Brim, whose club is 9-5 overall, which includes a 2-1 tournament record during the Christmas break. “We’d like to continue to play well and get better.”
Larry Johnson, whose Kossuth Lady Aggies, 11-6 overall, play Alcorn Central at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Alcorn County Tournament’s semifinals, has coached in his share of county tournaments in 30-plus seasons on the bench.
“It’s a happening in Alcorn County,” said Johnson, who has also coached teams in the Lee and Tishomingo county tournaments during his career. “The kids have been brought up with it.
“They look forward to playing at the Crossroads Arena.”
Next week, two of the top county tournaments in NEMiss are on tap – the Prentiss County in Baldwyn and Union County in Myrtle.
Another tournament of interest this week is the one-day Domino’s Boys Shootout, scheduled for Saturday in Hickory Flat. The event tips off at 5 p.m. with St. Stanislaus playing Pontotoc, followed Belmont vs. Myrtle and host Hickory Flat vs. Tupelo.