By Blake Long | Special to the Journal
CORINTH – With jump shots not falling for his team, Deione Weeks came up big for his Corinth Warriors in the post.
Weeks scored a game-high 17 points and also brought in nine rebounds, leading Corinth to their sixth straight Alcorn County Tournament championship, 53-39 over Biggersville, at the Crossroads Arena.
It’s also the 13th county title in 14 years for the Warriors.
Four of Weeks’ points came in a crucial situation in the third quarter. Tyran Davis’ basket with 54 seconds to play in the period cut Corinth’s lead to six points at 36-30.
But Weeks, the tournament’s MVP, answered the bell with two layups in the final 32 seconds to put Corinth up 40-30 and give them some breathing space.
“Something we talk about is the first three minutes of the third quarter. We think they’re very important,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “For whatever reason we lost focus.
“Those two buckets at the end of the quarter were huge in getting our cushion back.”
Greene slowed the pace of the game in the fourth, with both teams combining to score only eight points the first six minutes of the quarter.
Only two three-pointers fell between both teams in the game. Jazz Garner’s three minutes into the fourth gave Corinth (14-2) the 14-point margin they would keep.
Dexter Stafford led the Lions (13-5) with 15 points.
(G) Corinth 53, Alcorn Central 32: Corinth’s girls pulled the upset of the tournament, winning their second county title in the tournament’s 62-year history.
The Lady Warriors, who entered as the No. 4 seed, outscored Alcorn Central (12-6) 20-3 in the second quarter to pull away.
Tournament MVP Erin Frazier and Sadie Johnson both had 12 points for Corinth (6-10), while Katie Foster had a game-high 15 for the Lady Bears.