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Warriors Win In Kentucky: Biggersville Splits in Booneville

December 31, 2016 GMT

The holiday tournament season wrapped up Friday with several local schools hoping to end 2016 on a winning note. •Biggersville traveled south to Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College to play in the annual Kiwanis Classic Tournament. (G) Oxford 62 Biggersville 13 The Lady Lions were quite simply overwhelmed in facing the larger, faster, and much more experienced Lady Chargers as they lost their final game of the year 62-13. Jordan Freeze, the daughter of Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, had 20 points at the break and the reserves did the rest, holding Biggersville scoreless in the third and to just two points in the fourth quarter. Lisa Friar led BHS with four as the Lady Lions fell to 0-9 and get set to face Thrasher next Tuesday in a Division 1-1A matchup at the Lions Den. (B) Biggersville 70 Nettleton 55 Whatever Biggersville coach Cliff Little said to his team before their game against the Tigers, it worked like a charm. The Lions were all over Nettleton from the get-go, scoring off the opening tip and immediately scoring easy buckets after two quick turnovers. The end result was a 70-55 win for Biggersville. And it could have been worse for Nettleton: BHS missed 16 free throws. After falling behind 6-0 coach Grant Gardner’s Tigers fought back and tied the contest once, but when the Lions converted a bucket just before the first quarter horn they had a lead that they never gave up. Biggersville won every quarter and was never seriously threatened, although Nettleton gave the crowd reason to believe they were about to make a couple of big runs that never happened. Another positive for the Lions is how they were able to play their reserves and get some quality minutes out of them. They never allowed the Tigers to get within arms length while the starters were resting. Devonte Spears paced Biggersville with a game-high 24, while Greg Robinson totalled 21 with three slam dunks. The Lions now stand at 8-4 and will face Division 1-1A foe Thrasher next Tuesday at the Lions Den. Booneville also played a pair of games Friday evening in the Kiwanis Classic but no information was submitted to the Daily Corinthian. •Corinth wrapped up their trip to Kentucky on Friday in the Caldwell (KY) Classic. (G) Corinth 72 Livingston (KY) 56 The Lady Warriors won for the fourth time this season, and the second time in as many days, in the Caldwell Classic by defeating Livingston (KY) 72-56. Coach Fred Stafford’s squad built an insurmountable 45-25 halftime advantage and handed the game over to the reserves late. Kristen Herman once again led CHS with 23, followed by Sarah Kate Burns and Allison Greene with 16 apiece. Tiara Selmon added 10. The Lady Warriors return to their home court next Tuesday as they host Shannon. (C) Caldwell Co. (KY) 56 Corinth 53 (OT) The Lady Warriors lost a tight 56-53 overtime decision to the host school in their second game of the Friday session. Although Caldwell County raced to a 12-2 first quarter lead, CHS fought valiantly and tied the game at 51-51 at the end of regulation. CCHS outscored the Lady Tribe 5-2 in the overtime period but Corinth still left Kentucky with a good showing and plenty of confidence as they head home to kick off the 2017 portion of their schedule. Kristen Herman scored 15 to lead CHS, while Cheyenne Hendrix added eight. (B) Corinth 54 Caldwell Co. (KY) 32 The Warriors registered a win in the nightcap against the home team, defeating Caldwell County (KY) 54-32. The Warriors managed the 22-point win despite sub-par nights from Tada Stricklen and Jon D Warren, who was held to only three points. Corinth used their stifling defense to create turnovers and managed to build on a 29-13 halftime lead. Warren and Shyron Rodgers both had double-digit games Thursday but each was held to three in this one. Will Gardner paced CHS with 15, while Stricklen had a workmanlike game with 12. The Warriors are now 9-5 on the season and will be back on their home court next Tuesday night as they host Division 1-1A rival Shannon at Warrior gym. •Northeast will be glad to get back to Prentiss County after running into some nationally-ranked competition in the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic that concluded Friday. (W) Tallahassee 109 Northeast 69 The Lady Tigers will chalk this trip up to a learning experience as they faced and lost to another highly-ranked team, losing 109-69 to host Tallahassee Community College. Leading by just three points after a quarter, Talahassee scored 34 second quarter points as they simply crushed coach Brenda Mayes’ team. Lakeiya Lane poured in 20 to lead Northeast, followed by Corinth’s Aundrea Adams with 15, Timaya Stewart with 14 and Walnut’s Shelby Wilbanks with 10. The Lady Tigers enter 2017 with a 5-5 ledger. They will next play Tuesday, January 3 at Shelton (AL) State. (B) Tallahassee 85 Northeast 49 Tallahassee made it a clean sweep by simply running away from the Tigers 85-49 in the tournament finale. Northeast never was in the game against the explosive home team. NEMCC has usually been the high-scoring team in most of their games so far, but the roles were reversed in this one. They trailed 41-23 at halftime and never got any closer. Leroy Buchanan paced NE with 16, while Kendarius Smith pumped in 11. The Tigers now sit at 8-3 with their next game scheduled for Tuesday, January 10 at home against Arkansas State Mid-South. (Kent Mohundro is the sports editor for the Daily Corinthian)