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Lions rally from 13-point deficit
by H. Lee Smith II
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Biggersville limited Corinth to one field goal the first six minutes of the fourth quarter in rallying past the host Warriors 55-53 in a make-up contest on Monday.

Corinth (10-2) led by 12 at the break and by 13 with three minutes left in the third quarter.

The defending Class 1A champion Lions (9-2) outscored the Warriors 26-11 from that point on, nearly matching the 29 points the Lions had posted over the game’s first 21 minutes.

Desmin Harris, who paced the Warriors with 14, converted a four-point play and Kendall Stafford’s tip-in with three minutes left in the third gave CHS its biggest lead at 42-29

Tyran Davis keyed Biggersville’s 38-point second half, scoring all 12 of his points over the final two quarters. He scored eight of 12 at one point in the third as BHS trimmed a 29-17 halftime deficit to seven behind a 22-point third quarter.

Four straight by Davis to begin the fourth pulled the Lions to within a point. Daniel Simmons nailed four straight from the line over a 38-second stretch to give the Lions their first lead since the opening minutes.

Corinth tied the game twice over the final 4:03, but the Lions never relinquished the lead.

After Jose Contreras made it a 53-53 game with 55 seconds remaining, the Lions worked for a good shot and Darian Barnett hit a driving bucket with 23 seconds left.

Kendall Stafford got to the line via an offensive rebound with 2.4 ticks left. The junior missed the first, then intentionally missed the second, but Gaines secured the rebound.

The Lions limited Corinth’s post players to 12 points, seven off the bench by Kendrick Williams. Corinth big man Raheem Sorrell managed just one point in 7:47 of action, sitting out the final 22 minutes complaining of knee pain.

Gaines led the Lions with a game-high 18, 10 in the final half. Simmons was next with 17, with 10 of those also coming after intermission.

• In the opener, the Lady Warriors were held scoreless in the final eight minutes, but still cruised to a 50-27 win. Che Curlee led the way to Corinth’s second straight win with 11 points.

Jada Tubbs paced BHS with 11, including 10 of the Lady Lions’ 17 first-half points.

(G) Corinth 50, Biggersville 27

Biggersville 9 8 5 5 -- 27

Corinth 11 15 24 0 -- 50

BIGGERSVILLE (27): Jada Tubbs 11, Savannah Davis 5, Audrey Crump 3, Taylor Durham 2, Malaika Stovall 2, Callie Estes 2, Maddie Grace Essary 2.

CORINTH (50): Che Curlee 11, Aundrea Adams 9, Jamia Kirk 8, Teosha Boyd 6, Aspen Strickland 6, Nakia Strickland 5, Tamia Clark 3, Jourdana Jourdan 2.

3-Pointers: (B) None. (C) Curlee.

Records: Biggersville 2-6, Corinth 3-6

(B) Biggersville 55, Corinth 53

Biggersville 9 8 22 16 -- 55

Corinth 14 15 17 7 -- 53

BIGGERSVILLE (55): Jaylon Gaines 18, Daniel Simmons 17, Tyran Davis 12, Darian Barnett 6, Shaun Watson 2.

CORINTH (53): Desmin Harris 14, Jose Contreras 12, Kendall Stafford 7, Kendrick Williams 7, Quavon Hughey 5, Antares Gwyn 4, Dee Herman 3, Raheem Sorrell 1.

3-Pointers: (B) Gaines 2, Simmons. (C) Harris 3, Contreras 2, Herman.

Records: Biggersville 9-2, Corinth 10-2
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