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Central 'Works' past Nettleton in Lighthouse Classic
by Steve Beavers
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Alcorn Central's John Wiley Works (left) scored a game-high 23 to lead the Bears past Nettleton.
Alcorn Central's John Wiley Works (left) scored a game-high 23 to lead the Bears past Nettleton.
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Alcorn Central found what "Works" in its lone contest of the Physician's Urgent Care Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic.

John Wiley and Garrett.

The Works tandem rallied the Bears (2-4) from a halftime deficit to down Nettleton 59-50 in the third game of the classic. Shannon held off Hardin County 72-66 in the second contest of the day.

Garrett Works, who threw in 18 on the night, gave the Bears the lead for good with a three-pointer with just over three minutes left in the third period.

Central pushed the cushion to 47-40 on a three-point play by Chandler Young halfway through the final eight minutes.

Nettleton sliced the deficit to a mere deuce with five consecutive points.

John Wiley Works, who tossed in a game-high 23 points and was named the game most valuable player, then took over by scoring eight of the next 10 points as AC extended the cushion to 57-47 with under a minute left.

Tupelo 78, Biggersville 59

Friday was a busy sports day for Tupelo High School.

The Golden Wave basketball squad was involved in the Physician's Urgent Care Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic just after noon at Corinth High School while later that night the football team faced South Panola for the right to play in the Class 6A State Championship Game.

Tupelo's roundball unit got the day off on the right foot with a 78-59 rout of defending Class 1A State Champion Biggersville in the first of six games in the first-year classic.

Tupelo (3-1) shook off a sluggish first couple of minutes before Isaiah Traylor found the range during a 10-0 run. BHS (5-1) scored the first four points before the tidal Wave hit. Traylor, who scored 10 of his 12 first-half points in the opening period, knocked down a pair of triples and added a basket in transition to spark THS to a 17-6 lead.

Antonio Green, named the game most valuable player, and Malik Douglas took over in the second frame. Green helped the Wave on an 8-0 run to start the period by scoring a couple of buckets in transition while Douglas tallied nine of his 11 points of the half in the quarter. Douglas' conventional three-point hoop gave THS its biggest lead of the half at 32-17.

Biggersville was led by the 18 points, 14 coming in the third period, of Daniel Simmons. Emmanuel Simmons tossed in 15 for the Lions.

Traylor paced the Wave with 18. J.J. Ashby and Green each had 17.

Central 59, Nettleton 50

@ Corinth High School

Nettleton 15 18 8 9 – 50

Central 11 19 15 14 – 59



ALCORN CENTRAL (59): John Wiley Works 23, Garrett Works 18, Chandler Young 12.

NETTLETON (50): Drae Smith 21, Armond Smith 11.

3-pointers: (C) G. Works 2, J. Works.

Record: Central 2-4.



Tupelo 78, Biggersville 59

@ Corinth High School

Biggersville 14 16 25 4 – 59

Tupelo 21 24 23 10 – 78



BIGGERSVILLE (59): Daniel Simmons 18, Emmanuel Simmons 15, Darian Barnett 8, Jaylon Gaines 4, Tyran Davis 4, Slater Huggins 3, Bradley Davis 3, Shaun Watson 2, Derrick Gunn 2.

TUPELO (78): Isaiah Traylor 18, J.J. Ashby 17, Antonio Green 17, Malik Douglas 11, Tre Long 6, Duke Stubb 5, Easton Upchurch 4.

3-pointers: (B) D. Simmons, E. Simmons, Huggins, (T) Traylor 3, Ashby, Green.

Records: Biggersville 5-1, Tupelo 3-1.

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