GLEN — After two near wins at Amory on Dec. 21, Alcorn Central was hoping for better results Tuesday as they hosted the Panthers in a pair of return games.
However, the Panthers would have nothing of it and exited Glen with two more victories on their Division 1-3A resumes. Following are summaries of each contest along with selected other prep games played Tuesday.
(G) Amory 63 Alcorn Central 42The first time around the Lady Bears led a majority of the game before Amory rallied to win by four late in the contest.
Hosting this time, AC was able to stay close in the first half, trailing 27-23 at intermission. That’s when Lady Panthers guard Jatavia Smith caught fire, scoring 14 of her game-high 29 in the third to help Amory build a comfortable 51-34 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Lady Bears, led by 21 from Jessica Hughes, never got closer than 14 the rest of the way as a 3-pointer by Smith as time was running out provided the final margin.
Hughes was the only Central player in double figures. Ella Mask was next with nine.
Central falls to 10-12.
(B) Amory 63 Alcorn Central 62In their earlier matchup the week of Christmas, the Golden Bears led the Panthers a majority of the game before Amory finally caught up and won 80-73.
Central seniors Justin Hernandez and Jacob Tucker combined for 13 first quarter points and three 3-pointers as the Bears found themselves leading 23-22. Amory sharp-shooter Malik White had six in the opening period.
However, Central went cold in the second while the Panthers stayed hot and pulled ahead 36-28 at intermission.
Amory maintained a comfortable single digit lead for most of the second half, taking their largest lead of 11 midway thru the third quarter.
Trailing 50-42 entering the fourth, AC stiffened defensively inside the paint, forcing several one-and-done trips by AHS. The Golden Bears trimmed the Panthers lead to two twice late in the game before settling for a layup with less than two seconds remaining instead of a three-point attempt that would have tied the game.
“That was supposed to be a drive in the lane to draw the defense in, followed by a kick-out three-pointer, but our guy ended up laying it in,” said Central head coach Josh Harrison.
A Bear defender almost intercepted the ensuing inbounds pass as the clock went to under a second to play. The Panthers then successfully inbounded as the clock ran out to hold on.
Alex Moore had a big second half, scoring 12 of his team-high 14 over the final 16 minutes, followed by Tucker and Keegan Hicks with 13 apiece while Hernandez finished with 12. White led all scorers with 22.
Alcorn Central falls to 11-6 overall and 2-3 inside Division 1-3A with a trip to Booneville looming on Friday.
(G) Biggersville 61 Jumpertown 33The Lady Lions made sure there would be no rally or overtime win by the Lady Cardinals this time as they cruised past their Division 1-1A rivals 61-33 led by 17 from Asia Stafford.
Biggersville blew a 10-point third quarter lead in the first meeting as Jumpertown rallied to win 64-59 in OT behind 27 from Cheyanna Johnson.
Biggersville had little issue with Jumpertown this time around as they led 16-5 after one and 28-9 at halftime. Head coach Cliff Little watched his team maintain their comfortable advantage while holding Johnson scoreless.
Hannah Seago and Aaliyah Moody were also in double figures for the Lady Lions (7-5, 3-2) with 15 and 11 respectively while Leileigh Moody added eight. Alonnah Doggett paced the Lady Cards (7-6, 3-2) with 11 followed by Alyse Goodwin with 10.
(B) Biggersville 69 Jumpertown 42The Lions won the first meeting between the two teams by 27 (77-50) at BHS on Dec. 10 and followed that with another 27-point win on the road, 69-42, meaning they’re halfway home to yet another possible 10-0 division record and league title.
The Cardinals usually tend to stay close to BHS in the first half, then watch Biggersville pile it on in the second half, and that trend continued Tuesday. Biggersville led 12-11 after one and 29-24 at intermission. Upon returning from the locker room, Little’s squad erupted for a 20-4 third-quarter run to take command at 49-28.
From that point it was a simple matter of what the final score would be.
Cam Smith was high scorer for the Lions (10-2, 5-0) with 17 while Zyonn Mayes had 10 and Dylan Rowsey had eight. Riley Geno led Jumpertown (5-8, 2-3) with a game-high 18.
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The Kossuth Lady Aggies, led by 20 from Alcorn County Tournament MVP Katelyn Bonds, held off a valiant effort by Booneville as they won 58-51 in a contest many thought would be one-sided. Hallie Burns paced the Lady Blue Devils with 17. The Blue Devils ran roughshod in the boy’s contest, winning 90-36 as Josh Dukes led three BHS players in double figures with 16. Trey McKinney added 15 and Alec Nunley had 12.
Corinth traveled to New Albany and left empty-handed as the Bulldogs swept them, a little payback from being swept at CHS before the Christmas break.
The Lady Bulldogs won the opener 44-37 before the Bulldogs rallied from a first half, and third-quarter, deficit to win 60-55. Cayden Betts was high scorer for the Warriors (8-4, 3-1) with 17 followed by Q. Wimsatt and Will Crawford with 12 each. Michael Smith poured in a game-high 19 for New Albany.
The Tishomingo County Lady Braves (15-1) kept on winning by disposing of Saltillo for the second time this season, earning a 69-48 home win behind a game-high 15 from Madison Bennett. She was aided by 14 from Jayla Brown and 12 from Clara Garland.
New Site swept a pair of Division 1-2A contests from Mantachie. The Lady Royals (19-1) won 77-26 while the Royals (17-1) got past the Mustangs 72-55. The Walnut Lady Wildcats defeated Potts Camp 53-52 on the road while the Cardinals eased by the Wildcats 60-58. Jackson South Side swept a pair from McNairy Central, winning 71-18 in the girl’s contests and 64-40 in boys.
In soccer action, Corinth swept North Pontotoc 2-0 and 6-1 in girls and boys matches at CHS.