Crawford pours in 23 for Corinth

Corinth senior point guard Will Crawford watches the flight of the ball as it leaves his hands during the Warriors heartbreaking 65-60 overtime home loss to Tupelo Friday. Crawford scored a game high 23 as CHS finishes the regular season at 13-5 overall and as Division 1-4A champions. They will receive a first round bye in next week’s division tournament in Ripley and will play the winner of Tuesday’s play-in game between Tishomingo County and North Pontotoc.

Corinth hosted long-time rival Tupelo Friday as the regular season ends for local hoops teams while Biggersville paid a visit to Tishomingo County.

And Kossuth hosted, and defeated, Nettleton Thursday to officially capture the Division 1-3A regular season title.

Following are summaries of those games, as well as selected others, played the past two nights.

(Girls) Tupelo 61 Corinth 41

The Lady Warriors stayed with the Division 1-6A champion Lady Wave for the first eight minutes before Tupelo began to force some separation with their outside shooting and defensive rebounding for second chance points.

The contest was tied at 9 after the first period.

That’s when Lady Wave forward Mikayla Riley buried a pair of three-pointers as teammate Peyton Hearvey added another and the Lady Wave built a 27-16 halftime lead.

Tupelo outscored Corinth 22-10 in the third, building as much as a 26-point second half lead before the Lady Warriors fought back.

Halle Traylor paced Tupelo with 18 while Riley added 17. Lazoya Howard led Corinth with 12 while Zakiah Gwyn and Kennadi Walker finished with 10 apiece.

(Boys) Tupelo 65 Corinth 60 (OT)The Golden Wave rallied from eight and nine point deficits in the second half and held Corinth to seven points through the fourth quarter and overtime periods to claim the road win and make it a clean sweep for the Wave.

The Warriors went on a 10-0 run in the second, turning Tupelo’s 20-14 lead into a 24-20 Corinth lead before settling for a 31-23 halftime advantage.

It didn’t take long for that lead to evaporate as the Wave scored the first eight points of the third to tie the contest at 31, aided by a pair of three-pointers by Dayveun Anderson.

Tupelo connected on 10 from long-range in the contest while the Warriors had six, five coming from high scorer Will Crawford who finished with 23. Crawford had a big third quarter when he drilled three straight 3’s, turning two of them into 4-point plays after being fouled and punching the free throws through.

After building a nine point third quarter lead CHS went stone cold and Tupelo was on fire.

Andre Adams scored 11 for Corinth (13-5) while Chevon Windom added 10. David Harbour led Tupelo (11-6) with 12 while Braxton Bishop added 11.

(Girls) Kossuth 59 Nettleton 32

Ava Meeks led three Kossuth players in double figures Thursday with 15 as the Lady Aggies wrapped the Division 1-3A regular season championship in maroon-and-white with a 59-32 home victory over Nettleton.

Kossuth will be the No. 1 seed in the Division 1-3A Tournament next week at Northeast Community College’s Bonner Arnold Coliseum.

Zoe Essary added 14 and Katie Meeks had 12 for coach Angie Malone’s squad.

(Boys) Nettleton 71 Kossuth 45

Clayton Jacobs scored 15 to lead the Aggies but powerful Nettleton was too much in the boys contest, building a 45-27 halftime lead and coasting from there to earn the No. 3 seed in next weeks Division 1-3A Tournament.

In all, eight KHS players scored with Jacobs the only one reaching double figures.

Anterion Vinson was high scorer for the Tigers, pouring in a game high 17.

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