Corinth Warriors survive frantic finish

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

BIGGERSVILLE – Corinth won a furious fourth quarter to beat Alcorn County neighbor Biggersville 65-59 on Thursday night.
The Class 1A Lions gave the 4A Warriors all they wanted, until Desmin Harris hit a 3-pointer to end 11 straight lead changes in the fourth quarter.
The teams traded free throws and Corinth’s Darius Gaines came up with Raheem Sorrell’s miss and Jazz Garner hit another 3 for a 60-55 lead with 2 minutes to play.
Corinth (4-1) missed its first 12 3-point attempts.
“Finally in the second half we got it inside, got some putbacks. (Biggersville) plays so hard. They’re so active. They’re quick to the ball,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said.
Biggersville had a chance to cut into the lead but threw it away after a steal.
Daniel Simmons had put the Lions ahead before Corinth took control. He had 14 for the Lions (6-3). Corinth got a game-high 19 from big man Sorrell, 14 from Garner and 11 from Harris.
Biggersville led 22-12 in the second quarter on Jaylon Gaines’ bucket but a 9-0 run cut into the lead and the Lions led 29-25 lead to the half.
“We couldn’t do a lot with Sorrell on the boards,” Biggersville coach Cliff Little said. “We went to a 2-3 zone and they nailed a 3, then we had a couple of balls we couldn’t handle on the break. I was super proud of the effort.”
Marquis Watson had 19 and Gaines 12 for Biggersville.
(G) Corinth 42, Biggers-ville 40: Corinth (3-2) won thanks to a pair of free throws from Sadie Johnson with 15 seconds left. Johnson had 12. Tyler Shelley had 19 for Biggersville (1-6).
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