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Huge rivalry game draws early tip
by H. Lee Smith II
Feb 08, 2014 | 83 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The third, final and rubber match of the 2013-14 season between the Biggersville and Corinth boys will get an early start on Tuesday.

Due to what is expected to be an overflow crowd in the Lions’ Den, and the opportunity for WXRZ to cover the boys’ matchup between the defending Class 1A state champions and the eight-time defending Alcorn County Tournament champions, the schedule has been flip-flopped according to third-year Lion head coach Cliff Little.

The boys’ game will start at 6, with the girls’ contest -- normally the lid-lifter in regular-season doubleheaders -- will follow.

The Lions will enter play at 21-4 on the heels of their 41st straight regular-season 1-1A win. Corinth, which was idle Friday, stands at 20-4 having lost two of four -- both to 1-1A foes.

Those not being able to have a seat in the tight, but great atmosphere the Lions’ gymnasium, can tune in for the play-by-play provided by veteran commentator Jimmy Anderson. The girls’ contest will not be aired due to the station’s obligation to the Ole Miss basketball network.

The Rebels travel to Alabama for an 8 p.m. tip, and the CHS-BHS doubleheader was moved up to allow local coverage for the contest.

Biggersville won the first meeting 55-53 at Corinth, defeating the Warriors’ on their home court for the first time since late in the 1999-2000 season.

Corinth countered with a 40-38 overtime win en route to their record eighth straight, and 15 in 16 years, Alcorn County Tournament championship.

The Lions last win at home against Corinth came in the 1998-99 season when they split two games, with CHS winning the first of a then-record seven straight County Tournament.

Both schools, who have qualified for the first round of the North Half Tournament on Feb. 25, close out regular-season play Friday. The Lions host Tishomingo County for senior night, while Corinth travels to Tupelo to continue its long-time rivalry with the Golden Wave.
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