Corinth boys 18-2, yet still aiming for improvement

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Kendall Stafford averages 12.5 points per game to lead a balanced attack for second-ranked Corinth.

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Kendall Stafford averages 12.5 points per game to lead a balanced attack for second-ranked Corinth.

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Corinth has made a habit of booking Jackson hotel rooms in March, thanks to the Warriors’ three straight state championship appearances. A fourth would be a school record.

“I think we’re playing OK, but I think our best ball is still way out there in front of us,” Corinth ninth-year coach Keith Greene said.

In front of the No. 2 Warriors (18-2, 7-0 Division 1-4A) is tonight’s division game at Pontotoc, as well as Top 10 matchups against Baldwyn, at Biggersville and at Tupelo.

Junior Kendall Stafford leads the team’s balanced attack with a 12.5 scoring average. Six-foot-5 forward Raheem Sorrell averages 12.2. Desmin Harris (11.5) and Antares Gwyn (11.1) follow closely.

It’s a deep attack, too. Senior guards Quavon Hughey and Darius Herman – Herman was in the starting five when Sorrell was working through knee issues – add part of that depth. Freshman Trae Burcham has given the Warriors good minutes.

Biggersville coach Cliff Little is becoming an expert on his Alcorn County rival. The teams met times three times last season – all Corinth wins – and have split two games this season. They meet again on Feb. 11.

“Sorrel’s a load. Stafford and Harris, they’re like cobras,” Little said. “They can strike at any time. Those son-of-a-guns can absolutely strike you and hurt you, kill you.”

Stafford effect

Stafford missed all of last season with a torn ACL from football. He returned with an immediate impact on the starting lineup.

“Having Kendall in the mix, I think it’s just kind of calmed us down, overall,” Greene said. “His future is really, really bright we think. Just him being on the floor makes us a different team.

“You’re talking about a combo guard, 6-3, 6-4, can play around the rim, can shoot the 3, can do a little bit of everything.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com