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Warriors roll into 4A quarterfinals
by H. Lee Smith II
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Corinth broke open its Class 4A Boys North State Tournament opener with Lafayette County with a 20-2 run in the second quarter and earned their sixth straight quarterfinal berth with an 81-50 win over Lafayette County on Tuesday.

Corinth (23-5) will play Greenwood (23-4) at 4 p.m. on Thursday as the remainder of the state qualifier moves to Pontotoc High School.

The Warriors, seeking their fourth straight appearance in the State Tournament, beat the Bulldogs 69-65 during semifinal action at Shannon in 2012. Then-sophomore Desmin Harris tallied 16 points that night, tied for second on the team.

Corinth jumped out to a 10-1 lead before Lafayette (7-16) cut one point off the deficit by the first horn.

The Warriors slowly put the game away in the second, outscoring the Commodores 33-8 for a 52-19 advantage at the break.

Kendrick Williams began a 20-2 run with his own personal four-point trip, getting two buckets in mere seconds after Corinth maintained possession out of bounds after the senior missed an and-one attempt.

Raheem Sorrell, who had 20 points and eight rebounds, scored six points in the run. Corinth upped its lead to 43-17 with six quick points of turnovers, a 3-pointer by Harris and an old-fashioned three-point play by Antares Gwyn.

Sorrell’s 17th point of the half pushed the advantage out to 49-17. After Lafayette ended the 20-2 run, Kendall Stafford’s and-one with 5.2 seconds left in the half gave Corinth a 52-19 lead at the break.

Sorrell’s final bucket of the night gave Corinth its largest lead at 35 -- 54-19 -- early in the third. Lafayette used a 17-13 advantage in the third to get to within 65-36 with eight minutes left.

Trae Burcham, who scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting -- 3-for-3 from distance -- in 10:55 of action scored 10 of Corinth’s 16 points in the fourth.

Sorrell led all scorer with 20 points in just 17:31 of action. Harris followed with 15, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Gwyn was next behind Burcham with an even 10 points.

Notes: Corinth’s scoring among its top three was nearly perfectly balanced heading into the 28th game of the season. Stafford and Gwyn came in with 326 (12.1) each, with Harris three points of the pace. The trio played musical chairs on Tuesday, with Harris jumping to the top -- three points ahead of Gwyn, who’s now three points ahead of Stafford. ... In its current confines, Corinth improved to 26-5 in the postseason, including 12-2 in first-round games and 19-2 in must-win contests. The Warriors ended their 22nd season in the Teepee at 8-3, running their overall mark to 192-64 -- a 75-percent clip. ... Corinth leads the series with Lafayette Co. 13-5 following the school’s first playoff meeting on the hardwood.

(B) Corinth 81, Lafayette Co. 50

Lafayette Co. 11 8 17 14 -- 50

Corinth 19 33 13 16 -- 81

LAFAYETTE CO. (50): Montreal Nabors 9, Cam Pettis 9, Dillon Helm 7, Kewaun Owens 6, Trey Shaw 5, Rashun Rockette 5, Jawuan Harden 4, Quin Jones 3, Derek White 2.

CORINTH (81): Raheem Sorrell 20, Desmin Harris 15, Trae Burcham 13, Antares Gwyn 10, Kendall Stafford 7, Darius Herman 4, Kendrick Williams 4, Hack Smith 2, Quentin Patterson 2, Quavon Hughey 2, Tairek Johnson 2.

3-Pointers: (LC) Nabors, Pettis, Rockette, Helm, Owens. (C) Harris 3, Burcham 3.

Records: Lafayette County 7-16, Corinth 23-5
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