By Brandon Speck
BOONEVILLE – Corinth is probably getting tired of driving back from Jackson’s Mississippi Coliseum without a gold ball.
The Class 4A Warriors have made three straight appearances in state championship games and have a good shot at a fourth run – one they’d obviously like to write a different ending to.
“Talk is cheap. You’ve got to produce,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “When you step on the floor, you’ve got to make numbers happen.”
Corinth lost part-time starters Terrell Payton, Jazz Garner ad Darius Herman, but return four with starting experience. Senior Raheem Sorrell is back at the post, as is junior Jose Contreras at the point.
Six-foot-5 Sorrell is a load inside. He played in the MAC Junior All-Star Game in the summer and saw double teams in a win Tuesday at Booneville.
“I’m glad he’s on our team and we’re not having to play against him,” Greene said. “He’s a big wide body, can score on either side of the rim and has got a little bit of range on him now. It sure does help.”
Senior Desmin Harris will be asked to do a lot at another guard spot. Antares Gwyn showed a lot of promise as a freshman forward and guarded Booneville’s top player, Jack Nichols Tuesday.
Kendall Stafford, a junior guard/forward is back after missing all of last season with a torn ACL.
Nine players scored Tuesday, four off the bench. There is depth there.
“It kind of changes our speed a little bit when we go to the bench,” Greene said. “We might can do some different things defensively, not saying better, just differently.”
Corinth won’t be short of tests. The Warriors play Moss Point – and the state’s top recruit, Kentucky commit Devin Booker – and Jackson South Side in next week’s Lighthouse Classic at home. They’ll host Class 1A champions – and reloaded Biggersville – on Dec. 6 and 2A champ Baldwyn on Jan. 31.