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County boys clubs split in LTC finale
by H. Lee Smith II
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The Corinth Warriors could only hope for their third overtime game in five starts.

Chris McNeal drained a long 3-point with six seconds remaining, sending Jackson South Side to a 61-58 win in fifth of seven games Saturday at the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic.

In other Alcorn County action, the Lady Warriors fell 51-43 to Hardin County (Tenn.) while the Biggersville Lions got a huge fourth quarter to rally past Mt. Pleasant (Tenn.) 73-67.

The first-year, two-day event featured 13 games, including many close battles and outstanding individual performances.

McNeal scored a game-high 25 points while being named game MVP. The junior scored South Side’s final five points in the final 59 seconds of play after the Tennessee club went 3:15 without scoring.

Corinth had tied the game at 58-58 after Raheem Sorrell, who scored a team-high 18 points, drained a pair of free throws with 36 seconds remaining.

South Side called timeout, then milked the clock to under 10 seconds before McNeal tickled the twine.

“We had a hand in his face, the kid just knocked down a big shot,” said Corinth Head Coach Keith Greene. “Obviously, you don’t want to foul on a three-point shot.”

Corinth had the ball length of the floor with 4.8 seconds remaining, but couldn’t get off a potential game-tying shot.

Corinth (4-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and expanded the advantage to 15-8 at the 3:30 mark on the second of consecutive three-pointers by Desmin Harris.

South Side began forcing turnovers and closed the gap to 17-15 at the horn after fighting back to knot the game in the closing seconds.

After maintaining possession the first 5:12 of the contest, Corinth turned the ball over six times the final 2:48 of the first. Ten more miscues in the second allowed South Side a 15-8 advantage and a 30-25 lead at the break.

“We didn’t change our trap or press offense, it just came down to decisions,” said Greene. “When it came time to attack, pass fake or penetrate, we made bad decisions.”

Corinth was much better at ball security in the second half with only eight turnovers, but the final and 24th came while holding the ball for a final shot in a tied game and led to a McNeal layup.

Jaylen Barford added 13 and Malik Hicks chipped in 12 for Jackson.

Harris followed Sorrell with 16 and Antares Gwyn added 11, nine in a 22-point third trimmed the deficit to one.

• Game MVP Daniel Simmons scored 11 of his game-high 27 points in the Lions’ 24-point fourth as Biggersville outscored Mt. Pleasant by 10 over the final eight minutes.

Brother Emmanuel added six of his eight points in the final quarter as the Lions split their two games at the first-year event.

BHS trailed after each of the first three periods -- by five after one, by seven at half and by four heading into last call.

Jaylon Gaines, who finished with 24, kept the Lions in the game heading into the fourth with 19 of the Lions’ 49 markers.

Mt. Pleasant, which lost both its Classic games by a combined nine points, got balanced scoring with four players in double figures at either 12 or 15 points.

Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic

Friday’s Games

Tupelo 78, Biggersville 59

(MVP: Antonio Green)

Shannon 72, Hardin Co. (Tn.) 66

(MVP: Zay Jones)

Alcorn Central 57, Nettleton 49

(MVP: John Wiley Works)

Middleton (Tn.) 61, Mt. Pleasant (Tn.) 58

(MVP: Traderius Gurley)

Corinth 63, Moss Point 56, OT

(MVP: Kendall Stafford)

DeSoto (Tx.) 49, Madison Prep (La.) 30

Saturday’s Scores

(G) Hardin Co. (Tn.) 51, Corinth 43

(MVP: Jackie McGee)

Middleton (Tn.) 59, Marshall Aca. 38

(MVP: Deshun Thomas)

Biggersville 73, Mt. Pleasant (Tn.) 67

(MVP: Daniel Simmons)

Southwind (Tn.) 58, Moss Point 48

(MVP: Donte Dorsey)

Jackson South Side 61, Corinth 58

(MVP: Chris McNeal)

Wenonah (Al.) 68, Madison Prep (La.) 55

(MVP: Justin Coleman)

White Station 64, DeSoto (Tx.) 33

(MVP: Leron Black)

(G) Hardin Co. 51, Corinth 43

Hardin 14 10 15 12 -- 51

Corinth 4 10 12 17 -- 43

HARDIN CO. (51): Jackie McGee 17, Brooke Cossey 16, Emily Gray 12, Kelsey McAfee 2, Shelby Martin 2, Delancy Timberman 2.

CORINTH (43): Jamia Kirk 11, Aundrea Adams 11, Teosha Boyd 10, Aspen Stricklen 9, Nakia Strickland 2.

3-Pointers: (HC) McGee, Cossey. (C) Kirk 2.

Middleton 59, Marshall Aca. 38

Middleton 16 14 16 13 -- 59

Marshall 7 13 8 10 -- 38

MIDDLETON (59): Deshun Thomas 17, Trdarius Girley 14, Rodreco Britteman 9, Ronterrious Allen 6, Steven Wright 5, Latavuis Golden 4, Justin Morman 2. Montrez Jones 2.

MARSHALL ACA. (38): Johnny Crnogorac 15, Christian Compton 8, Cortez Love 6, Tobe West 5, Zach Mahan 4.

3-Pointers: (Mi) Girley 2, Thomas. (Ma) Crnogorac 3, Compton, West.

Biggersville 73, Mt. Pleasant 67

Mt. Pleasant 19 20 14 14 -- 67

Biggersville 14 18 17 24 -- 73

BIGGERSVILLE (73): Daniel Simmons 27, Jaylon Gaines 24, Emmanuel Simmons 8, Darian Barnett 7, Tyran Davis 5, Clint Young 2.

MT. PLEASANT (67): Walter Crawford 15, Jeshawn Miller 12, Kenyores Smith 12, Dakota Brown 12, Joudan Woodson 9, Tez Rogers 6, Braden Isabell 1.

3-Pointers: (B) Simmons 3, Gaines. (MP) Brown 3, Crawford 2.

Southwind 58, Moss Point 48

Moss Point 9 21 14 4 -- 48

Southwind 14 10 17 17 -- 58

MOSS POINT (48): Devin Booker 23, Marcus Watson 10, Terrance Trussell 6, Derrick McMillian 4, Aristotle Rush 3, Laterric Brown 2.

SOUTHWIND (58): Donte Dorsey 11, Julian Richardson 8, Eric Turner 6, Terrance Daughtery 6, David Garrett 6, Richard Mazique 5, Ty Banks 5, Thomas Bryson 5, Mike Sorrell 3, Jacob Patton 3.

3-Pointers: (MP) Booker 3, Trussell 2. (S) Garrett 2, Mazique, Bryson

South Side 61, Corinth 58

South Side 15 15 18 13 -- 61

Corinth 17 8 22 11 -- 58

SOUTH SIDE (61): Chris McNeal 25, Jaylen Barford 13, Malik Hicks 12, Terrickous Smith 6, Tyler Henning 2, Collin Heavener 2.

CORINTH (58): Raheem Sorrell 18, Desmin Harris 16, Antares Gwyn 11, Kendall Stafford 7, Dee Herman 3, Quavon Hughey 3.

3-Pointers: (SS) McNeal 3. (C) Harris 4, Stafford, Herman, Hughey.
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