The Pontotoc Lady Warriors remained unbeaten with an easy 73-36 win over Corinth in the first half of a Division 1-4A twinbill Friday at Corinth High School Academic and Performing Arts Center.
Pontotoc ran its mark to 9-0 and 2-0 in league play, while Corinth fell to 1-6, 1-2.
Corinth returned the favor in the nightcap, erasing a very early deficit and cruising to a 79-40 win.
The host club ran its mark to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The Warriors return to action today, facing Horn Lake in the sixth of seven games at the BIGG Christmas Classic.
• In the boys’ contest, Pontotoc -- which came in 7-1 overall -- jumped out to a 2-0 lead and forced Corinth into a handful of turnovers in the early going. The host club reeled off 10 straight -- including four second-chance points -- and scored 15 of the game’s next 16 points by the 4:20 mark of the first.
Corinth got 13 of its 24 first-quarter points via second chance. Sophomore Antares Gwyn nearly had a double-double in the period, posting 11 points (all off putbacks) and seven rebounds, five on the offensive end.
Kendall Stafford added five of his career-high 19 in the frame, including one of the team’s nine extra-point buckets. CHS was 9-of-20 in the period, but 3-of-6 from distance while rebounding seven of the 11 misses.
Up 24-13 after one, Corinth posted 29 points in the second to take a 53-23 lead at the break. The host Warriors were 9-of-10 at one point from the floor in building a 45-19 lead with 2:20 left until recess.
Stafford added 11 markers in the second and took 16 points to the dressing room. Raheem Sorrell tallied six in the frame and Desmin Harris chipped in five.
Corinth upped the count to 68-32 after three. CHS tallied 11 points in the final period with Trae Burcham’s nine and Hack Smith’s two accounting for 11 of the Warriors’ 15 points off the bench.
Corinth finished 31-of-65 from the floor, including 8-of-17 from deep, and a perfect 9-of-9 from the stripe. CHS held a 41-32 advantage on the boards and forced 26 turnovers, including 16 steals.
(B) Corinth 79, Pontotoc 40
Pontotoc 13 10 9 8 -- 40
Corinth 24 29 15 11 -- 79
PONTOTOC (40): Jacques Townsend 12, Anothony Townsend 9, Jabrin Pegues 4, Cody Patterson 4, Kaleb Barnes 4, Devin Zinn 3, Cory Williams 2, Donte Freeman 2.
CORINTH (79): Kendall Stafford 19, Antares Gwyn 17, Raheem Sorrell 10, Jose Contreras 10, Trae Burcham 9, Desmin Harris 8, Hack Smith 4, Kendrick Williams 2.
3-Pointers: (P) Zinn. (C) Stafford 3, Harris 2, Contreras 2, Burcham.
Records: Pontotoc 7-2, 1-1 Division 1-4A, Corinth 8-1, 3-0