By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Biggersville coach Cliff Little was worried about Corinth big man Raheem Sorrell.
His worries were confirmed. Sorrell and the Daily Journal’s seventh-ranked Warriors hit the offensive glass hard in the fourth quarter Tuesday in a 66-55 win over No. 3 Biggersville.
“I didn’t think we crashed the offensive boards at all very well in the first half,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “I thought Terrel (Payton) played well and Antares (Gwyn) gave us some wonderful minutes.”
Payton and Gwyn had nine each as Corinth (21-6) swept the season series 3-0 in front of a rowdy home crowd.
Daniel Simmons hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Biggersville (20-7) took an early 13-6 lead.
Corinth stormed back in the second with a 12-3 for a 30-28 halftime lead.
“At times in the first half, we weren’t as quick to the ball as they were,” Greene said. “They’re quick man. They push it so well.”
Tied at 44 after three, Sorrell scored off of Jose Contreras’ offensive board to open a 10-0 run. He had six of his 22 points in the run and hit 9 of 10 in the second half.
Contreras finished with 12 points.
Daniel Simmons scored 20, Jaylon Gaines 17 for the Biggersville.
His team up six, Soerell had a block. Biggersville had a chance to cut the lead but missed a pair of free throws.
“Sorrell is just a handful and they’ve got quickness around the perimeter. What are you going to do?” Little said. “They guarded us well, played tremendous defense.”
(G) Corinth 62, Biggersville 41: Biggersville scored 20 points in the second to cut into a 14-point lead but Corinth got 20 from Aspen Stricklen and 11 from Alexis Jacobs. Tyler Shelley (22) and Jada Tubbs (17) combined for all but two of Biggersville’s points.