By Brandon Shields/Special to the Journal
JACKSON – Corinth’s Deione Weeks remembers last year’s loss to rival Booneville in the 3A state championship game.
“I don’t want to have that feeling again,” Weeks said. “This will be my last game and I want to hoist that gold ball.”
Behind Weeks and sophomore Raheem Sorrell, Corinth edged an undersized – no player taller than 6-foot-1 – Bay High squad 58-55 on Monday afternoon in the boys Class 4A semifinals at Mississippi Coliseum.
“We needed to match their intensity in the second half,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “We did that and we executed like we should have with our height advantage.”
Weeks, a 6-3 forward who signed with Northeast Community College for football, and Sorell each scored 14 apiece to lead the Warriors (29-5).
Corinth plays Amanda Elzy, which beat Laurel 63-59, at 8:30 p.m. Friday for the state title.
Corinth, which will go for its sixth state championship in school history, hasn’t won a state title since winning the 3A crown in 2002.
“We have been talking about getting back to the championship game,” said Weeks, who also grabbed 10 rebounds. “This was our goal.”
Jose Contreras added 10 points for Corinth, which out-scored Bay High 21-10 in the third quarter to take the lead for good at 40-34.
Sorrell said Bay was using its lack of size as an advantage.
“They kept getting under us and I got in foul trouble,” he said. “I just kept fighting and trying to post up.”
Greene says playing in the title game last year will give his team a huge advantage.
“We know what to expect and whoever we play is going to get our best,” he said.
Taylor Singleton scored a game-high 20 for Bay (22-11).