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Lady Bears, Lions make returns
by H. Lee Smith II
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Familiar faces back in familiar places.

The seeding held in Day Two as play in the 10th installment of the Alcorn County Tournament at the Crossroads Arena wrapped up on Friday.

The Alcorn Central Lady Bears, whose three double-figure scorers bested Biggersville by 12 points alone, earned a return trip to the title contest with a 66-36 win over the Lady Lions.

It’s the Lady Bears 37th championship appearance since 1950. Central, which last won via consecutive titles in 2008-09, lost to Kossuth in last year’s title bout and to Corinth -- tonight’s opponent -- in 2012.

Biggersville earned a third straight title bid with a 78-66 win over Alcorn Central in the nightcap. The Lions (13-2) will face off against seven-time defending champion Corinth for a third straight year in tonight’s finale.

Cliff Little’s club -- which eliminated his alma mater in the semifinal round for a third straight season -- is seeking its first title since winning two straight in 1997 and 98.

The Lions beat the Warriors 55-53 on Dec. 23. It’s believed to be Biggersville’s first win at Corinth since the 1999-2000 season.

The Alcorn Central junior-varsity boys punched their ticket to the final with a 56-50 win over Kossuth in the first of three games. Blake McIntyre threw down a game-high 17 points and Joe Harbor and Tyler Moore added 12, with Moore doing all his damage in the second half.

Four title games are on tap beginning at 4 p.m. with the junior-varsity girls’ contest. Varsity play is scheduled to begin at 6:30.

(G) Central 66, Biggersville 36

Lauren McCreless scored a game-high-tying 19 points and Alexis Harmon and Briley Talley added 18 and 11, respectively, as the Lady Bears (10-5) rolled into a third straight title match.

Central jumped out to a 26-8 lead after one period and never looked back. Harmon had 13 -- including a pair of 3-pointers -- and McCreless had seven in the big quarter.

The Lady Bears, which one every quarter, led 36-15 at the break.

Jada Tubbs had 19 points for the 2-10 Lady Lions.

(B) Biggersville 78, Central 66

John Wiley Works led all scorers with 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as Central fell short in returning to the title game. The Bears last hoisted the trophy in 1996, when the Lions coach was on the team.

Daniel Simmons scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the first as Biggersville quickly opened up a 10-0 lead. Behind a pair of and-ones by Works, Central got to within five before trailing 23-18 after the first horn.

Slater Huggins and Darian Barnett scored six each in the second as the Lions increased their advantage to 47-28 at the break. Barnett’s two putbacks in the final 41 seconds gave the Lions their biggest lead to that point.

Huggins third 3-pointer of the night gave the Lions’ one of a handful of 22-point leads in the third. With Jaylon Gaines nursing a sore leg and Simmons resting much of the second half, Central (8-8) got to within 10 with 3:08 remaining.

(JV-B) Central 56, Kossuth 50

Central 18 11 12 15 -- 56

Kossuth 13 15 12 10 -- 50

CENTRAL (56): Blake McIntyre 17, Joe Harbor 12, Tyler Moore 12, Trevor Godwin 8, Landon Baswell 7.

KOSSUTH (50): Nick Wilcher 13, Beau Lee 12, T.J. Essary 9, Jordan Mills 8, Dusty Roberts 4, Charlie Bonee 4.

3-Pointers: (C) Moore, McIntyre, Godwin. (K) Wilcher 3, Mills 2.

(G) Central 66, Biggersville 36

Biggersville 8 7 12 9 -- 36

Central 26 10 14 16 -- 66

BIGGERSVILLE (36): Jada Tubbs 19, Savannah Davis 9, Callie Estes 2, Alexis Shumpert 2, Blakie Mitchell 1, Maddie Grace Essary 1, Malayka Stovall 1, Elly Nash 1.

CENTRAL (66): Lauren McCreless 19, Alexis Harmon 18, Briley Talley 11, Callie Buntin 8, Jordan Whitten 6, Courtney Ekiss 4.

3-Pointers: (B) Davis. (C) Harmon 2, Talley.

Records: Biggersville 2-10, Central 10-5

(B) Biggersville 78, Central 66

Central 18 9 19 20 -- 66

Biggersville 23 22 17 16 -- 78

CENTRAL (66): John Wiley Works 27, Chandler Young 14, Devin Hicks 8, Tyler Moore 6, Garrett Works 6, Connor Lewis 5.

BIGGERSVILLE (78): Daniel Simmons 20, Darian Barnett 13, Slater Huggins 11, Tyran Davis 9, Emmanuel Simmons 9, Clint Young 8, Jaylon Gaines 7, Derrick Gunn 1.

3-Pointers: (C) Moore 2, Hicks. (B) Huggins 3, D. Simmons, Gaines.

Records: Central 8-8, Biggersville 13-2
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