By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Corinth couldn’t get a shot to fall down in the first half. Amory had the same problem in the second half.
Corinth (14-4, 6-0) came back from an 8-point halftime deficit to beat division rival Amory 55-44 at home and roll out to a 6-0 record in Division 1-4A.
“It was a physical game, especially in the first half,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “They weren’t scoring like they usually do either, and I told my guys that. I told them it was an ugly game, and we needed to stay calm.
The Panthers (9-4, 2-3) jumped out to a quick 7-0 start, aided by a layup and a three-pointer from Jaylon Fair, who led Amory with 13 points in the loss.
Jazz Garner hit a 3-pointer and a 2-point shot to leave the Warriors down by just 10-9 to close out the first quarter, but Amory responded with a 12-6 run in the second for a 22-15 halftime lead.
“We were more patient on offense in the second half,” Greene said. “In the first half, we shot it after two passes every possession.”
Corinth opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run with Raheem Sorrell’s basket giving the Warriors their first lead of the game.
Midway through the third, both teams exchanged the lead on three point shots. Fair hit a 3-pointer to tie it up with Garner responding with a 3 of his own. Devin McIntosh’s 3 tied it back up, but Corinth would take the lead for good later on a Kendrick Williams basket at the end of the period.
“It was the same thing that happened to us Friday against Shannon,” Amory coach Rob Browning said. “They wanted it more in the third quarter, and that will get you beat every night.”
Sorrell (12) and Darius Gaines (10) each finished in double figures for Corinth. Nick Beeks scored 12 for Amory.
(G) Corinth 70, Amory 39: Kadeihi Long scored 14 points for Corinth in the win, while Apsen Stricklen added 11. Kerina Harris and Ashley Thompson paced Amory with 11 each.