Tough basketball teams trying to get tougher

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

With division tournaments scheduled to begin next week, some area basketball teams are going through the biggest gauntlets they can find to get prepared for a playoff run.
Class 1A Biggersville is traveling up the road in Alcorn County tonight to take on 4A rival Corinth.
Biggersville (20-5) opens the week at No. 3 in the Daily Journal’s rankings. Corinth is No. 7. Both teams lost in the MHSAA state finals last March.
“We wanted to play up right here, play real tough teams like that,” Biggersville coach Cliff Little said. “We talk about being a January, February and March team. We’re in February trying to get to March. If we take care of business, I think we have a shot.”
Corinth (19-6) and Biggersville had a battle in the Alcorn County Tournament. Corinth won by nine and lost its first division game of the season at Shannon last week only to beat No. 2 Baldwyn there Friday.
Little said his team’s biggest concern tonight is Corinth big man Raheem Sorrell.
“The big boy is a load,” Little said. “We match up well except there. They’re playing well, obviously to beat Badlwyn, they’re probably playing the best they have this year.
“We’re not overlooking anybody at all. I’m happy where we are but there’s definitely room for improvement.
We’ll find out (tonight) a lot about that.”
SPEAKING OF BALDWYN
Baldwyn won 19 straight games to open the season but has dropped two of its last five, to Booneville in the Prentiss County championship and against Corinth Friday.
The Bearcats get an anticipated rematch with top-ranked Booneville at Baldwyn Thursday.
TROOPERS, PANTHERS
No. 8 Amory and No. 5 Mooreville are getting one last test in too. The Troopers are fresh off a big division win at Aberdeen and can clinch the division’s top seed with a win tonight at South Pontotoc. Amory and Mooreville meet Friday at Mooreville.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com