By Brandon Speck
SHANNON – In a battle of the top two contenders to win Division 1-4A – and maybe more important games in March – visiting Corinth beat Shannon 66-58 Friday.
“Wins on the road are never easy,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “Us and Shannon the last few years, it’s been really good.”
Xzavier Jones did all he could for Shannon (10-4, 2-1). He scored 22, 15 from behind the arc. He followed back-to-back steals in the third quarter with a layup that cut a Corinth lead to 40-37.
But Jose Contreras’ 3-pointer and Antares Gwyn’s make inside were followed by a 3-pointer from Desmin Harris for a 50-37 lead with 1:01 left in the quarter.
“They were moving the ball well and started pressuring us,” Contreras said. “We started turning the ball over, but finally figured it out. That 10-0 run was really important. We won by eight.”
Corinth improved to 13-2, 5-0. The Warriors hit 16-of-22 from the free throw line. Shannon hit the only two it attempted.
Gwyn led Corinth with 22 points and nine rebounds. Kendall Stafford had 11 points and 14 boards and postman Raheem Sorrell had 18.
Rocquis Coleman scored 15 and Sean Watkins 12 for the Raiders.
Jones hits two more 3s in the fourth, but Corinth fought off each rally in the half.
(G) Shannon 75, Corinth 48: Shannon started with a run, and didn’t slow down. Breah Mitchell stole an inbounds pass and gave the Lady Raiders a 13-2 lead midway through the first quarter, two of a 17-0 run.
Shannon (10-3, 3-0 Division 1-4A) got a game-high 17 from Zakiyyah McMorris, 14 from Mitchell and 11 from Alexandrea Metcalf.
Shannon was led by Aspen Strickland’s 15, Jamia Kirk added 11.