By Brandon Speck
Under that thick, wooly beard of Biggersville coach Cliff Little is a big basketball fan, too.
Saturday is like his own little playground, hosting the Biggersville Christmas Classic.
“I’m looking forward to it, because I haven’t gotten to see some of these teams I’ve been wanting to check out,” Little said.
There are seven games, two state champions and a pair of state runners-up on the schedule.
There is even a football commit in the nightcap. Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver commit Marcus Green and North Pontotoc take on Biggersville, the defending Class 1A champs.
Class 2A champ Baldwyn plays Coldwater at 3 p.m. The Bearcats are 4-1, two games removed from a 25-point loss against Alabama 6A power Lee, Huntsville. Coldwater won 1A North last season.
“This is definitely a strong stretch for us,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said. “We’ll definitely be ready for Santa Clause when he gets here, to take a few days off.”
Corinth was the 4A runner-up in March and is off to a 7-1 start. The Warriors will face unbeatean 5A Horn Lake at 6. Ripley is 6-0 and faces 5A DeSoto Central at noon.
New Albany (6-1) takes on Southaven and three-star shooting guard Terrance Davis at 4:30.
Biggersville has been on a two-week layoff after an out-of-its-control decision concerning ice prevented the Lions from playing in the Baldwyn Doc Vandiver.
Still missing Marquis Watson after surgery to repair a torn ACL, Biggersville (6-1) is also missing starter Emmanuel Simmons, shelved for a couple of weeks, his arm in a sling after a fall tore ligaments in his wrist.
“Green’s one of the best ones, not only in North Mississippi, but in the state,” Little said. “It’s going to be challenge for us.”