Alcorn Central turned 19 Corinth fouls into a 17-of-22 showing at the line, but in the end 36 turnovers -- 16 via Corinth steals -- helped propel the Lady Warriors to their second Alcorn County Tournament title in three years.
Corinth (6-8) outscored Central (10-6) 14-6 over the final 3:12 to claim their third total ACT championship since the program was revived in 1974-75 season.
Central, seeking its 21st championship since 1950, led a handful of times, but could never muster more than a 2-point lead since very early in the contest.
The Lady Bears, which trailed by nine with 6:22 left in the first half, put together a quick 4-0 run to turn a four-point deficit into a one-point lead with 3:22 left. Lauren McCreless, who led all scorers with 29 points, scored nine of her team’s 12 fourth-quarter points including all the 4-0 spurt.
Aundrea Adams turned an offensive board into two makes at the line and Teosha Boyd’s and-one -- courtesy Central’s 28th turnover of the night -- began the game-ending 14-6 run.
After Briley Talley pulled AC to within a deuce with 2:35 remaining, Corinth scored seven unanswered over a 1:40 stretch of the fourth. Adams, who converted on two of her offense rebounds in the final period, had four in the 7-0 spurt.
Five Corinth players scored in the first 16 minutes as Corinth ended a back-and-forth final minutes of the half with a 27-25 lead. Boyd led a balanced attack with eight, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Jamia Kirk, who led the Lady Warriors with 19 points, scored 10 in the third. McCreless had six and Talley four for Central as a 14-13 advantage made it a 40-39 game heading into the final period.
Corinth got balanced scoring, with four players accounting for 56 of their 58 points. Boyd followed Kirk with 15, Strickland had 11 to go along with 10 boards and Adams also got 11.
The Lady Warriors were 22-of-55 overall and 4-of-16 from deep. Corinth turned the ball over 20 times, split evenly amongst halves.
McCreless was 13-of-16 from the stripe in posting her game-high total. Talley was the only other Lady Bear in twin digits with 10.
Central was 17-of-41 overall and missed its only four attempts from distance. Twenty-one of their turnovers came in the second half.
(JV-G) Kossuth 46, Biggersville 32
Biggersville 2 12 10 8 -- 32
Kossuth 11 13 15 10 -- 49
BIGGERSVILLE (32): Alexis Shempert 12, Elly Nash 10, Blakelie Mitchell 4, Callie Estes 4, Maddie Grace Essary 2.
KOSSUTH (49): Darbie Coleman 14, Abby Gray 10, Kasey McKee 9, Cheyenne Daniel 6, Bailey Mitchell 4, Katelyn Johnson 4, Anna Tyson 2.
3-Pointers: (B) Mitchell, Shempert. (K) Coleman 2, Gray, McKee, Daniel.
(G) Corinth 58, Central 51
Corinth 13 14 13 18 -- 58
Central 10 15 14 12 -- 51
CORINTH (58) Jamia Kirk 19, Teosha Boyd 15, Aspen Strickland 11, Aundrea Adams 11, Tamia Clark 2.
CENTRAL (51): Lauren McCreless 29, Brilley Talley 10, Courtney Ekiss 6, Alexis Harmon 2, Allie Hughes 2, Callie Buntin 1, Olivia Wilson 1.
3-Pointers: (C) Kirk 2, Boyd 2. (Ce) None.
RecordsL: Corinth 6-8, Central 10-6