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Warriors close season with big win
by H. Lee Smith II
Feb 13, 2016 | 57 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TUPELO — The Corinth Warriors won’t be headed to the Division 1-4A Tournament on a losing streak after bucking the trend. Idle since having a 20-game winning streak ended last Thursday by Shannon, the Warriors knocked off Class 6A Tupelo 63-61 Friday in the regular-season finale for both clubs. It was just the Warriors third win over their former Big 8 and Little 10 Conference rivals in 14 meetings under current Head Coach Keith Greene. The down-to-the-wire win was also CHS’ first at Tupelo in at least 11 years. The other two wins in that span came at Corinth in the 2012-13 season and in a neutral-court affair at Baldwyn in 2013-14. Tupelo (23-4) trailed by as many as 12 in the third quarter, but forged a 61-61 tie on Tyjil Hereford’s 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining. Corinth milked the clock for a final shot, and got the game-winner on Antares Gwyn’s inside bucket with 3.3 seconds remaining. Gwyn — who recorded his third 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season and second in a row — missed the ensuing free throw, but Tupelo lost the ball out of bounds before getting off a potential game-winner. After blowing a 12-point advantage and falling in overtime the last time out, Corinth led 41-29 with 2:41 remaining in the third. The Wave closed on a 10-0 run to get to within 41-39 after three quarters. Tupelo continued to come away with Corinth turnovers in the fourth and opened with five straight. A 15-0 spurt over four minutes of game time, gave THS its first lead — at 44-41 — since early in the second quarter. The teams traded out buckets, before e Tada Stricken’s 3-pointer knotted the game at 46-46 with just under six minutes remaining. Gwyn, who scored 19 of his game-high 25 in the second half, converted a free throw to put Corinth up 47-46 with just over five minutes left. Corinth never trailed again although Tupelo would knot the game at 51-51 and 61-all. Gwyn, who went past the 1,500-point mark and into 10th all-time in scoring at CHS, scored 11 in the fourth, giving CHS a four-point lead with 2:30 remaining. Tupelo pulled to within one, before Stricken turned a Gwyn pass into an assist with 1:35 left. Corinth answered again when the Wave made it a 59-58 game late. Javen Morrison’s driving hoop with 40 seconds left made it 61-58 before Tupelo tied the game one final time. Gwyn was the lone Warrior in double figures. Armad Wicks followed with nine of the bench, including half of Corinth’s four 3-pointers. Corinth has a bye in the 1-4A Tournament and will play the winner between Itawamba AHS and Tishomingo County in Thursday’s semifinal round. The Warriors are also guaranteed a spot in one of the two must-win games to earn a berth in the State Tournament. • In the opener, Tupelo opened up a one-point halftime lead by outscoring Corinth 18-10 in the third and held on for a 68-62 win. Corinth (12-10) trailed by as many as seven in the opening half, but fought back to lea 21-19 and 23-22 in the second quarter. Tupelo (20-7) reclaimed the lead at took a 31-30 advantage into the break. Andrea Adams led Corinth with 26, tying Tupelo’s Jalancia Kohlheim for game honors. The Lady Warriors open the 1-4A Tournament against Tishomingo County on Tuesday. A win extends the season with a semifinal bout against Itawamba AHS on Thursday.
Aggies end streak heading into league tourney
by H. Lee Smith II
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The Kossuth Aggies cured their ills with a cross-state neighbor. Kossuth ended a six-game losing streak and closed the regular season on a winning note by outlasting Adamsville, Tennessee 81-78 on Friday. Kossuth (13-14) hadn’t won since thumping Belmong 75-50 on Jan. 19. The Cardinals will be the next Kossuth foe, as the two square off Tuesday in the Division 1-3A Tournament at Northeast Mississippi Community College. The loser goes home, while the winner faces top-seeded Booneville in Wednesday’s semifinal round. Rick Hodum ended his regular-season home career with a 27-point effort and had plenty of help. All five starters finished in double figures and accounted for all 81 points. T.J. Essary followed with 15 points, with Jonah Smith (14), Kennedy Dye (13) and Dylan Mercer right on his heels. Kossuth led 24-18 after one and extended its advantage to 40-31 at intermission. Da’korea Dilworth led Adamsville with a game-high 27 digits. • Adamsville won the opener 61-54, extending Kossuth’s losing streak to eight straight. The Lady Aggies (10-17) will also face Belmont in an elimination contest Tuesday in the 1-3A Tournament. Jade Barnes scored a game-high 23 for Kossuth, making 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Morgan Hodum followed with 14.
Ole Miss’ Saiz returns from eye injury
by David Brandt
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Sebastian Saiz's final stats from Mississippi's game against Florida on Tuesday weren't all that impressive: Four points and six rebounds in 26 minutes. But considering the circumstances — he was barely three weeks removed from eye surgery to repair a partially detached retina — Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy couldn't have been more impressed. "I thought what Sebastian Saiz did (against Florida) may have been the most remarkable thing I have seen in my coaching career," Kennedy said. Ole Miss lost against Florida 77-72, but the team's hope is that the 6-foot-9 forward's quick return will be the boost the Rebels (15-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) need as they try to make a move in the standings during the season's final month. The Rebels host Arkansas (12-12, 5-6) on Saturday. The Razorbacks are just 1-8 in games away from home this season and are coming off a lopsided 78-46 loss to Mississippi State. Ole Miss could certainly use Saiz in the lineup — the Rebels had a 3-3 record in his absence. He is scoring 12.3 points and grabbing 9.6 rebounds per game as the team's most productive and experienced post player. "The worst part was me being on the bench knowing I couldn't help my team win," Saiz said. "There are so many games that we could have won if I was on the court." Saiz initially hurt his eye in a game against Memphis in December and missed a few days, but he felt better quickly and doctors cleared him to return. A few weeks later, he started "seeing a shadow in the right side of my eye" and doctors told him his retina was starting to detach. Then came surgery and a few weeks of uncertainty. Saiz said he felt good against the Gators and didn't get tired despite his first action in three weeks. He feels he just needs some more full-speed game repetitions to get back to his old self. "Things happen," Saiz said. "You've just got to get back in that rhythm." Saiz wore a pair of dark sunglasses against the Gators because the pupil in his right eye is still dilated and bright lights sometimes still affect him. He said he'll wear some sort of protective eyewear for "the rest of my life." He didn't have full range of vision against the Gators, but said he hopes to be back to normal next week. Marcanvis Hymon, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, had the best stretch of his college career in Saiz's six-game absence, averaging 11 points and eight rebounds. Saiz said Hymon's experience in SEC games should be a boost to the Rebels. "I hope we're able to play side-by-side some because it could help our team," Saiz said. "He's athletic, he can rebound good, block shots and press on defense. That's something we don't have without him." AP Sports Writer Mark Long in Gainesville, Florida, contributed to this story.
Death notices for Saturday, February 13, 2016
Feb 12, 2016 | 352 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Betty Joan Bullard Funeral services for Betty Joan Bullard, 82, of Corinth are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with burial in Hubbard Salem Cemetery in Iuka. Ms. Bullard died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Jesse Willard Holland Jr. VERO BEACH, Fla. – A graveside service for Jesse Willard Holland Jr., 61, is set for 2 p.m. today at Hubbard-Salem Cemetery. Mr. Holland died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at Indian River Medical Center. An online guest book may be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com. Mary Helen Goode Lambert IUKA – Funeral services for Mary Helen Goode Lambert, 88, are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home with burial in Snowdown Cemetery. Ms. Lambert died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
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