By Brandon Speck
SHANNON – It’s not scoring that concerns Shannon.
“Hopefully this second half of the season we can start playing a little bit better, especially on the defensive end,” coach Cedric Brim said. “Offensively, we’ve got some people that can score.”
Shannon, a threat in Class 4A, is 10-4 on the season after a loss Tuesday against Division 1 opponent Corinth.
Another top 4A contender, Corinth went on a 10- run in the third quarter to pull away in an eight-point win.
Shannon had three in double figures: Rocquis Coleman, Xzavier Jones and Sean Watkins.
The defensive intensity begins with a capable group of guards, Jalen Brim, Jones and Coleman among them.
“They get out and get on it,” Brim said. “All those guys can defend real well. We try to pride ourselves on playing pretty good defense. As a team, if we can get better defensively, I think we’ll be alright.”
Peaking at the right time is in the plans – against a division that also includes upstart Pontotoc among its contenders.
But that may require some jelling. Two players transferred in from Tupelo, starting forward Watkins adding size for the Raiders, as well as Brice Ford.
“With those guys moving in, getting used to the guys we had here, hopefully this second part of the season we get to gelling and that chemistry will be there and we can do what we’re supposed to,” Brim said.
Shannon’s other three losses have come to 3A contender Aberdeen, 5A contender West Point and 6A Tupelo in mid-November.
The Raiders visit Amory on Friday, host Pontotoc on Tuesday, then host the Lee County Tournament next week.
Key games down the road include back-to-back away dates at Pontotoc and Corinth on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
“We haven’t been playing our best and that’s a good thing,” Brim said. “I hope so.”