By Adam Gore
Special to the Journal
FULTON – The Shannon Lady Raiders and Corinth Warriors looked to make big statements heading into next week’s North State tournament.
And they did.
Shannon (14-7) left little to doubt in its 68-35 win over Corinth (4-12) in the Region 1-4A consolation game on Friday.
“We wanted to come out and make a statement to everyone that our season wasn’t over after last night,” said Shannon head coach Warren Jennings, whose team lost 56-54 in Thursday’s semifinals.
Shannon made that statement by outscoring Corinth 31-7 in the second quarter.
“The girls played well and regelled after last night’s loss,” Jennings. “They really had their heads, but did a great job coming back to show everyone they still have a lot to play for.”
Alexandrea Metcalf led all scorers with 22, Breah Mitchell had 16 and Zakiyyah McMorris added 14 for the Lady Raiders.
Aspen Stricklen and Che Curlee paced the Lady Warriors with 8 points each.
Shannon will travel to Lafayette and Corinth will go to Ripley on Monday in the play-in round of the Class 4A North State tournament.
(B) Corinth 63, Shannon 48: The Warriors (22-5) raced out to a 13-1 lead and never looked back in the 1-4A boys championship game.
“I’d love to start every game the way we started tonight,” said Corinth head coach Keith Green. “As strong as Shannon finished the game that start was really big for us to be able to hold on to the win.”
Antares Gwyn scored 11 of his game-high 21 in the first half for Corinth.
“I thought Antares played a tremendous game,” Green. “Not only did he get it done on offense, but he was our defensive stopper tonight to have a full night’s work while putting up some great numbers.”
Xzavier Jones paced the Red Raiders (21-7) with 18 points in the loss.
Corinth will host Lafayette and New Albany will travel to Shannon in the opening round of the Class 4A North State tournament on Tuesday.