BIGGERSVILLE – Biggersville made a furious second-half comeback, downing Wheeler 39-37 in Division 1-1A play on Friday night.
The Lions move to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in division play.
Dylan Rowsey’s steal and layup with 5:28 to go gave the Lions their first lead since the opening points of the game, though it stayed close throughout the rest of the fourth quarter.
Jathan Hatch added a slam dunk with 1:15 to go, and Rowsey and Tre Gunn each put in a pair of free throws to seal the win. Wheeler’s turnover with eight seconds left halted their comeback effort, despite a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Biggersville trailed by six at the half at 25-19 but had a 6-0 run to start the third and tied the game up twice courtesy of Gunn and Hatch.
Wheeler jumped out to an 18-9 lead after the first quarter, hitting four threes in the period.
Hatch’s 14 points were tops for Biggersville, but Gunn added nine, hitting all four of his free throws in the fourth. Malachi Stafford had eight points off the bench.
(G) Biggersville 50, Wheeler 34
Behind a big night from Leileigh Moody, the Lady Lions stayed perfect in division play, moving to 6-0 in their region and 15-3 overall.
Wheeler got as close as two late in the first after Biggersville jumped out to a big lead, but back-to-back baskets from Moody and Asia Stafford made it 16-10 at the end of the opening quarter.
Biggersville had an 11-0 run with contributions from both Leileigh and Aallyah Moody, Hannah Seago, Stafford and Taylor Mitchell to go up by 14 at 27-13, and Seago put in a pair of free throws to make it 29-16 at the half.
Wheeler outscored Biggersville 8-4 in a low-scoring third and cut it to single digits at 33-25. Three-pointers from both Moodys and Seago early in the fourth put the game away, despite a couple of big shots from Wheeler in the closing minutes.
Leileigh Moody posted a game-high 20 points with Stafford also in double figures with 12 points.
(B) Corinth 54, Mooreville 51
The Warriors led by 10 at the half but held off a furious Trooper charge in the fourth quarter, having to hit key free throws down the stretch to preserve their win.
Jeremiah Baker came off the bench to hit four three-pointers and finish with a team-leading 14 points. Devon Jones added nine points, and Andrew Steward finished with eight, hitting four free throws down the stretch. Broderick Alexander also had a pair of key fourth-quarter free throws.
The win evens up the division record for the Warriors at 3-3.
(B) Kossuth 57, Mantachie 40
Kossuth jumped out to a 20-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, putting four players in double figures.
Jack Hancock paced the Aggies with 15 points with Bryson Jackson close behind with 14 points. Rylan Henry and Jack Johnson added 11 points each.
(G) Kossuth 60, Mantachie 27
The Lady Aggies started off division play with a bang, rolling out to a 41-16 halftime lead and emptying their bench in the fourth quarter.
Anna Greene led the way with 17 points. Aven Mathis posted a career-high 12 points, scoring the first eight points of the game. Dacy Kate Marsh hit a trio of threes and finished with nine points.
(B) Alcorn Central 45, Water Valley 29
The Bears trailed 18-13 at halftime and bounced back on the road to snag their first Division 1-3A win.
They were sparked by an 18-point third quarter that saw baskets from Drake Williams, Andrew Williams, Landon Powers and JT Potts.
Powers led the way with 15 points, closely followed by Andrew Williams with 12 points.
(G) Alcorn Central 68, Water Valley 14
The Lady Bears dominated from start to finish, paced by Branna Quinn with 18 points. Allie Kirkland added another 11 points in the division win.
Other Friday action
(G) Mooreville 60, Corinth 31
Zakiah Gwyn paced the Lady Warriors with 11 points in the loss.
(G) Tishomingo County 64, Caledonia 32
The Lady Braves improved to 19-2 on the season and 4-1 in Division 1-4A play. Reese Moore paced Tish with her 14 points. Lila Sanderson added 12 points, and Zareli Ozuna and Baylon Middleton chipped in 11 points each.
(B) Caledonia 63, Tishomingo County 55
Kayson McNutt and Chase Booker scored 17 points apiece in the division loss for the Braves.
(G) Thrasher 40, Cherokee 23
The Lady Rebels picked up the road win, led by Brooklyn Roberts’ 15 points and Reagan George’s 11 points.
(B) Thrasher 58, Cherokee 34
The Rebels also picked up the win. Joseph Ostrander had a team-leading 15 points, followed by Justin McCoy with 12 points.
(G) Belmont 60, Walnut 32
Still missing leading scorer Madi Kate Vuncannon, the Lady Wildcats dropped their division opener. Henlee Sisco had 12 points, and Jayla Meeks added nine in the loss.
(B) Belmont 74, Walnut 64
The Wildcats also fell in division play, but put three in double figures. Kemarian Gray led with 14 points, with Jack Leak adding 12 and Logan Wilbanks finishing with 11 points.
(G) Corinth 6, Senatobia 0
Corinth improved to 13-4-1 on the year and 7-1 in division play with the road win. Greeneley Moss finished with another hat trick, while Madison Gates added two goals and America Aguilar had the other one. Emma Hall had a pair of assists with Aguilar and Olivia Johnson each adding one. Lucy Smith and Haley Guare combined in the shutout.
(B) Corinth 11, Senatobia 0
The Warriors improved to 14-4 overall and 7-1 in division play with the win. Eli Burciaga scored six goals, with Baker Hall adding two and Sam Evans, Drew Williams, Anthony Garcia and Hadi Saleh having one each.
(G) Thrasher 40, Smithville 32
Brookelyn Roberts notched 21 points to lead the way for the Lady Rebels in the home win.
(B) Smithville 70, Thrasher 55
The Rebels put two in double figures in the loss – Jonathan Grove with 12 points and Joseph Ostrander with 11 points.