BULLDOGS TOPPLE CORINTH
By Mike Talbert
NEW ALBANY Corinth and New Albany pounded each other for second place in Division 1-3A, but New Albany had just a little bit more pound on their home court Friday.
Led by Bradley Jones with 19 points and 12 rebounds, the Bulldogs, the No. 1 area team, beat Corinth 69-57.
In the first game, the New Albany Lady Bulldogs came from 11 points down to beat the Corinth girls 51-39.
New Albany (25-3 overall, 7-1 division) wrapped up the regular season without starting forward Matt Koon, who was nursing a sprained ankle. Corinth (20-8, 5-2) plays at Amory tonight to see who will be the No. 3 team in the division tournament next week at Northeast Mississippi Community College. The loser falls in the bracket with division leader Shannon and the winner is on the New Albany side of the bracket.
“There is too much being made about playing Shannon or New Albany. We are going to have to play somebody tough in the first game to move up,” Corinth coach David Robbins said.
Corinth, which hadn’t played a game in nine days, had a 28-26 lead at halftime but came out cold in the second half missing its first nine shots, allowing New Albany to inch ahead.
From that lead, the Bulldogs were able to control the flow of the game after that and gradually pulled it its biggest lead of the game at the final buzzer.
“I thought we played a lot better in the second half,” New Albany coach Warner Bradford said. “We played with a little more intensity in the second half, though I though it was a very physical defensive game. It was just who executed better.”
Both teams had a balanced attack, with four Corinth players in double figures with Bobby Mayes scoring 15 points and Jimmy Patterson, Eddie Patterson and L.P. Spence scoring 12 points each. Spence and Eddie Patterson had eight rebounds. Cedric Lipsey had 11 points for New Albany, but six players on the team scored eight or more points.
(G) New Albany 51, Corinth 39: Marnecha Johnson scored 10 of her 22 points during a 23-7 Lady Bulldog run that started midway in the third quarter.
The run started with Corinth (1-24, 1-6) ahead 28-17 thanks to Sharetta Norman, who had scored 15 of her 17 points to that point. Bridget Gordon had eight of her 13 points in the second half for New Albany (8-16, 4-3).