By Brandon Speck
CORINTH – Biggersville senior Daniel Simmons hit two 3-pointers with less than 3 seconds to play in regulation and in overtime, but No. 4 Corinth took home the Alcorn County championship with a 40-38 win over the No. 2 Lions.
That’s what this intense rivalry has become – between two state title contenders, 1A Biggersville, Corinth in 4A.
“Two good teams, a bunch of good athletes competing every play, every rebound, every loose ball,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “I expected it to be a good ballgame, and it was.”
Simmons hit a clutch 3 over two defenders to force overtime, but Desmin Harris scored all five Corinth (15-2) points in the extra period, including a rebound and make after his own miss to open the frame.
It got testy at times, between two talkative teams. And that is fine with both coaches.
“As physical as that game was, every rebound was just a scrum,” Greene said. “There were no technical box outs or block outs, a little pushing, a little shoving. We won enough of those rebounds, I guess, to win the game.”
Simmons hit a 3 with a second left, the last of his 11 points.
In front of a packed house at Crossroads Arena, Biggersville (14-1) played without starting guard Jaylon Gaines until the fourth quarter, hurt in Friday’s semifinals.
The Lions also used a four-corner offense to try and offset Corinth big man Raheem Sorrell.
Sorrell played sparingly when the Lions beat their rival two days before Christmas.
“It was a high intensity ballgame,” Biggersville coach Cliff Little said. “I couldn’t be prouder of a group of kids.”
Sorrell scored 10 points. For Biggersville, Darian Barnett had 11 and Emmanuel Simmons 10.
Corinth has won a record eight straight county titles.
(G) Corinth 58, Alcorn Central 51: Alcorn Central took a 45-44 lead on Lauren McCreless’ bucket, but a pair of free throws from Aundrea Adams put Corinth ahead for good. McCreless had 29 for Alcorn Central.
Jamia Kirk had 19 and Teosha Boyd 15 to pace four Lady Warriors in double figures.