For local sports fans, there has been no shortage of places to go and games to see.
The local prep scene boasts basketball, soccer and bowling while the JUCO ranks are on solid basketball footing.
Thursday night at Kossuth the Top-10 ranked Tishomingo County girls paid a visit to Kossuth in what was to have been a close and edge-of-your-seat type of game. More on that one later in this column. Thursday also saw the first of two regular season match-ups on the soccer field between Corinth and Tish County in Iuka. Results of those contests coming up in a few.
All this and more, plus a look ahead, in this edition of “What’s Going On Around Here.”
Biggersville sweeps Jumpertown on opening night for boys
First games can be tricky. In fact, many is the time I have watched a heavily-favored team take it on the chin to a lesser squad that had several games under its belt when they played.
There was a little wondering Friday among Biggersville faithful how their defending 1A State Champion Lions would perform against Jumpertown, a team that has been known to cause them issues.
As it turned out, no need for concern.
The Lions had 13 of their 16 dressed out players score in the contest with the scoring being well-balanced with only two in double figures as the BHS boys rolled past the Cardinals 89-35.
It was never close and the Lions came out with a look of purpose and intensity in their eyes as they begin the road they hope will take them back to Jackson in March for the opportunity at another state title.
“We came out playing hungry,” said BHS head coach Cliff Little, owner of three state titles. “I was especially impressed with our defensive effort and the balance we had on offense as everybody got in the game with all but three scoring.”
Seniors Brooks Brand and Zae Davis led the way with 15 and 14 apiece while Dylan Rowsey, Tre Mayes, Jackson Wamsley and Braxton Tucker each scored eight apiece.
On the strength of three early 3-pointers, two by Brand, Biggersville jumped to an early 13-0 lead before taking a 22-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Thye Lions put the game away – if it wasn’t put away already – by outscoring Jumpertown 49-13 over the middle two frames to take a 71-18 lead into the final frame.
That’s when both coaches cleared their benches.
The Lady Lions actually trailed by a point, 13-12 after the first quarter, but took control, stretching the lead to 31-22 at halftime when Lady Cardinals leading scorer Cheyanna Johnson went to the bench with two fould in the second.
“She never quite recovered and they (BHS) did a good job on us the rest of the game. They are a very talented team,” said Lady Cardinal head coach Jennifer Davis.”
Leileigh Moody led Biggersville with a game high 16 followed by Hannah Seago with 13 and Asia Stafford with 11.
Maddi Burls paced Jumpertown with 16.
The Lady Lions improved to 4-0. Both Biggersville teams will be in action Saturday at the Doc Vandiver Classic at Baldwyn High School. The Lady Lions face Booneville at 12;30 p.m. while the Lions draw top-ranked Tupelo at 2 p.m.
Check out the other scores from around the area from Thursday and Friday, including Friday’s three MHSAA State Championship games, in the Local Prep and JUCO scores on page A 12.
Lady Braves victorious over Lady Aggies
Dandy Dozen player, and UT-Martin signee, Clara Garland of TC led three Lady Braves in double figures with 20 points while coach Brian Middleton’s team reportedly had very little trouble taking the ‘W’ which kept them unbeaten at 11-0.
I was not able to attend the game, However, from different reports I have received from those that were there – on both sides – the game was not as close as the 61-47 final. Like each team before them so far this season, coach Angie Malone’s squad had no answer for the 6-6 Garland. Reese Moore was effective off the dribble with 17 while Madison Bennett was steady with 11.
No scoring stats were turned in by Kossuth.
The Lady Aggies and their male counterparts were back in action (no rest for the weary) Friday with a trip to Saltillo to challenge the Tigers.
Tishomingo County will play Saturday in the South Pontotoc Classic.
Corinth sweeps Tishomingo County in soccer
The Region 1-4A foes squared off for a pair of 40-minute matches with CHS coming away with a pair of wins.
Greeneley Moss and Madison Gates led the Lady Warriors with two goals apiece as coach Cameron Glenn’s club blanked the Lady Braves 6-0. Emma Hall and Cinthia Martinez also added goals for Corinth. America Aguilar, Gates, Moss, Lauren Beech and Belle Mitchell each had one assist apiece.
The Warriors followed that with a 3-0 win over the Braves behind goals from Eli Burciaga, Sam Evans and Drew Williams. Anthony Garcia led in assists with two.
Corinth returns to action Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. with a pair of matches against Booneville at Warrior Stadium.
Northeast men climbing the national polls
The Northeast Tigers are No. 18 in the latest NJCAA Division 1 mens basketball poll.
Coach Cord Wright has assembled another team quite capable of winning a second straight state title and making a deep playoff run … maybe all the way to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kans.
However, if they plan on maintaining that ranking they must bounce back from just their second loss of the season as Northeast dropped an 82-70 decision at Hinds on Thursday. The Eagles collected 42 rebonds in the contest and connected on 48 percent of their three-pointers as well as shots from the field. Needless to say that was just enough to send the Tigers to 7-2 and 0-1 in league play.
Northeast fans have two more chances to see the black and gold play before Christmas break. The first comes next Tuesday when Itawamba visits Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Fans will be forced to travel for the second opportunity as NE visits Motlow State (TN) the following Monday, Dec. 13.