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Late Wave sends Tupelo past Corinth
by H. Lee Smith II
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TUPELO -- The Golden Wave returned the Senior Night favor and ended a two-game skid in the renewed rivalry.

Tupelo (16-9) outscored Corinth (20-5) 13-2 over the final 2:55 to claim a 60-52 win in its final regular-season home game.

In the opener, the Lady Wave (24-2) rebounded from Thursday’s home loss to Horn Lake with a 60-52 win in the opener. Tupelo outscored Corinth 35-14 over the final two periods.

Aspen Stricklen led Corinth (10-13) with a game-high tying 16.

• The Warriors, which enter postseason play Thursday on a two-game slide, beat Tupelo on its Senior Night last season and added a 63-58 win in the Doc Vandiver Classic on Dec. 7.

The Warriors fought from an early eight-point deficit to take a 29-28 lead at the break, with Desmin Harris scoring 16 of his team-high 20 in the first 16 minutes.

Raheem Sorrell and Antares Gwyn evenly combined for 12 points in the third, with Tupelo getting 12 of its own to keep it a one-point game heading into the fourth.

Sorrell picked up his fourth foul with 3:29 left in the third and didn’t score again after racking up 13 points in just over 14 minutes of action.

A 7-2 spurt midway of what began as a see-saw fourth with a handful of ties a lead changes capped by a Kendall Stafford bucket, gave Corinth a 50-47 lead with 2:55 remaining.

Tupelo, which won 12 of 14 after a 4-7 start, reeled off nine straight points, with Corinth not ending the run until a Harris bucket with just under one minute remaining.

The Wave hit 6-of-7 free throws over the final two minutes and finished 17-of-20 overall. Corinth, which outscored the Wave 48-43 from the floor, was its own worst enemy at the line, missing 13 of their 17 attempts, including a 1-for-8 showing in the fourth.

Corinth’s third loss in a three-game span -- an 87-79 setback at Pontotoc -- saw the Warriors outscore the host club 70-62 from the floor. Pontotoc more than made up the difference by missing just three of its 28 attempts, while Corinth missed 10 of 19.

Corinth finished 22-of-62 overall, 4-of-20 from deep. After missing 10 of its first 11 conventional buckets, the Warriors were 0-of-9 from distance in the second half.

Tupelo ended the night 19-of-51 overall. The Wave held a 42-38 advantage on the boards, although Corinth won the second-chance points battle 14-13.

(G) Tupelo 60, Corinth 36

Corinth 12 10 7 7 -- 36

Tupelo 15 10 18 17 -- 60

CORINTH (36): Aspen Stricklen 16, Teosha Boyd 5, Che Curlee 4, Jourdana Jourdan 4, Aundrea Adams 4, Jamia Kirk 3.

TUPELO (60): Jaleigha Polk 16, Marquesha Hastings 15, Bre Jernigan 10, Alayjah Sherer 10, Asia Partlow 6, Braxton Thomas 3

3-Pointers: (C) Kirk. (T) Polk 2.

Records: Corinth 10-13, Tupelo 24-2

(B) Tupelo 60, Corinth 52

Corinth 10 19 12 11 -- 52

Tupelo 17 11 12 20 -- 60

CORINTH (52): Desmin Harris 20, Raheem Sorrell 13, Antares Gwyn 10, Kendall Stafford 7, Tairek Johnson 2.

TUPELO (60): Antonio Green 22, Malik Douglas 14, Isaiah Traylor 14, Alex Norwood 2, Trey Jenkins 2, J.J. Ashby 2, E.J. Fuller 2, Tristan Upchurch 2.

3-Pointers: (C) Harris 3, Stafford. (T) Green 3, Traylor 2.

Records: Corinth 20-5, Tupelo 16-9
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