By Brandon Speck
BOONEVILLE – Corinth broke a tie with the deep ball and kept its distance Tuesday night in a 52-40 win at Booneville.
Tied at 11 after the first, the Warriors (2-0) opened the second quarter with consecutive 3s and held Booneville to three second-quarter points. They connected on four 3-pointers in the quarter, two from Quavon Hughey.
“Once that emotion burned off, I thought we settled down a little, we got our post guys some touches, we kicked it back out, got a couple open 3s,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said.
In a full house for Booneville’s first home game, Corinth took a 30-14 lead to the break.
Both teams have reached the state finals the past three years, all three in Class 3A with a title for Booneville (1-1).
Corinth has lost three state finals, the last two in 4A and one to Booneville in 3A.
Desmin Harris’ 3 gave Corinth a 39-18 lead in the third quarter.
“We’re not ready for them yet,” Booneville coach Michael Smith said. “We’re probably not ready for that step yet. We’re so young. But it was great for us to play them because of how good they are. It made you better.”
Booneville lost four of its five starters from last season, including Kenny Paul Geno to Georgia, and eight of nine with the bulk of the playing time. Cameron Miller had 14, Jack Nichols 11.
Corinth lost a pair of starters, too, but returns a lot of experience, including postman Raheem Sorrell. Sorrell was a load inside. He finished with 11 points.
“I feel like we do have some depth, some experience we can got to,” Greene said.
(G) Booneville 40, Corinth 33: The Lady Devils opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 30-20 lead. Freshman Adallice Young had 12 in the win. Deshiyah Agnew scored 11.
Corinth didn’t score its first points of the second half until Aspen Stricklen’s bucket with 2:31 left in the third, Corinth’s only points of the quarter. Aundrea Adams’ 12 led the Lady Warriors.