Tishomingo County won their first game as the newly-christened No. 1 class 4A girls team in Mississippi Tuesday before Corinth rolled in the boys contest, although it wasn’t the complete blowout many expected.
Following are summaries of that all-area pairing along with selected other games played Tuesday.
(Girls) Tishomingo County 76, Corinth 41
After spotting Corinth an early 2-0 lead, the Lady Braves (also ranked No. 6 overall in the state regardless of classification) exploded on a 25-2 run to end the first period and cruised from that point, subbing early and often as they defeated the Lady Warriors 76-41 behind a game-high 18 from Maura Nunley.
During the contest, Nunley also became a member of the Lady Braves 1,000-point club and is in position to break the schools all-time scoring record if she continues her current pace.
As expected Tishomingo County’s size and experience made the difference as they out-rebounded Corinth and converted on several second chance points.
However, the Lady Warriors, under second-year head coach Domonique Allen, never quit or seceded as they continued to play hard even though they found themselves down by 30-plus points a majority of the game.
Lady Braves head coach Brian Middleton said after the game, “we were able to get good playing time for all our reserves and they performed ver well. I thought overall our starters did their job and we picked up a good win over a worthy opponent. Coach Allen has done a great job coaching her team up and they played us hard.”
Grayson Brown and Madison Bennett, who became an instant celebrity when her 3-pointer to take down then top-ranked Choctaw Central last week was featured on ESPN’s Top-10 Plays, both added 10 each while Clara Garland and Adnee Floyd posted nine apiece.
Zakiah Gwyn led Corinth with a well-earned 16 as Autumn Stricklin had nine, including a long-range three-pointer.
Tishomingo County improves to 14-1 overall (the best start in school history for the program) and 1-0 in Division 1-4A. The Lady Warriors are now 6-4 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Corinth will next participate in the Alcorn County Tournament as they face Alcorn Central in the semifinals Thursday at 6:30. The Lady Braves will travel to face New Albany on Friday.
(Boys) Corinth 67, Tishomingo County 43
The Warriors earned the split in the nightcap, winning 67-43 as they held off a determined Braves team that played and fought hard and wouldn’t go away easily.
Chris Rodgers led three CHS players in double figures with 14, followed by Cayden Betts with 13 and Chevon Windom with 12.
Tishomingo County forced Corinth into several uncharacteristic turnovers and crashed the boards hard but the athleticism and experience of the defending North Half runner-up Warriors began to force some space between the two teams as the game wore on.
The Warriors led 33-22 at halftime thanks to a last-second three-pointer and expanded the lead to 15 before the Braves sliced the lead to nine. But in the blink of an eye Corinth went on a 12-0 run and took a 22-point lead before eventually winning by 24.
Corinth improves to 7-3 overall and 3-0 inside Division 1-4A while the Braves fall to 3-8 and 0-1.
The Warriors will next face Alcorn Central in a semifinal game Thursday at 8 p.m. in the 2021 Alcorn County Tournament while Tishomingo County will play at New Albany Friday night in a regular season division contest.
(Girls) Blue Mountain 55, Biggersville 47
After two impressive wins in the Peggy Bain Classic last week the Lady Lions returned to regular season action and ran into a buzz-saw named Yeauna Foote, who scored a game-high 25 to lead the home-standing Lady Cougars to a 55-47 win in a Division 1-1A contest.
Her sister Keyuana Foote was also in double digits with 12.
Blue Mountain established control from the beginning leading 15-8 after one and 34-20 at intermission.
To their credit, Biggersville responded in kind and slowly chipped away at the Lady Cougars lead before succumbing by eight.
Asia Stafford and Goldee Butler paced the Lady Lions once again as they scored 14 and 12 respectively while Leileigh Moody added 12.
Up next, Biggersville (6-4, 2-2) will play Kossuth in a semifinal game of the 2021 Alcorn County tournament Thursday at 6:30.
(Boys) Biggersville 63, Blue Mountain 43
The Lions continue to roar as they established early control, taking a 23-7 lead after the first quarter on their way to a 63-43 Division 1-1A win Tuesday evening.
Biggersville point guard Zae Davis led three BHS players in double figures with 16. Cam Smith and Jathan Hatch each scored 12.
Jaden Hall was the lone Cougar to reach double figures as he scored a game-high 18.
Coach Cliff Little’s squad, which improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in division play, will face Kossuth Thursday at 8 p.m. in a semifinal game of the 2021 Alcorn County Tournament at Alcorn Central High School.
The Lions are the defending ACT champions.
In other area scores from Tuesday night the Alcorn Central Lady Bears eased past Nettleton 37-32, the Belmont Lady Cardinals rallied from a 21-13 halftime deficit to defeat Kossuth 49-46 and the Nettleton Tigers outscored the Alcorn Central Golden Bears 75-64.