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Corinth, Kossuth and Alcorn Central Win On First Day of 2017 ACT

January 6, 2017 GMT

The 68th annual Alcorn County Tournament tipped off Thursday night with three games on the agenda. Alcorn Central’s JV girls, Kossuth’s varsity girls and Corinth’s varsity boys each took home opening night wins to advance to the championship round in their respective brackets. (JV Girls) Alcorn Central 42 Corinth 17 The Lady Bears JV squad used two big quarters to tuck this one away 42-17 and advance to Saturday evening’s girls JV championship game against Kossuth. Coach Charlette Foster’s team claimed a 9-4 first quarter lead, but outscored the Lady Warrior JV 29-12 over the middle two periods to put the game on ice. ACHS will next face the Lady Aggies JV Saturday at 4 in the championship game. Lauren Young and Brooke McCoy each scored 12 points to pace Alcorn Central, while Amber Rogers finished close behind with nine. Katera Bridges led Corinth with seven. (Varsity Girls) Kossuth 34 Biggersville 12 Biggersville head coach Cliff Little came up with a nifty game plan early in the game to try and stay close to the favored Lady Aggies. The Lady Lions actually forged ahead 8-4 in the first quarter and slowed the game down even more by holding onto the ball with a stall offense and using a box-and-one style defense. And it worked for a while, at least until Kossuth rebounded a couple of misses underneath by BHS and turned them into points at the other end. Still, the halftime score was manageable for Biggersville as KHS led 14-10 after using a 10-0 run to move ahead of their county rivals. The Lady Aggies did a defensive number on the Lady Lions in the second half, allowing them only two points over the final 16 minutes to pull away for a 34-12 win and advance to 14-3 on the season. “We didn’t play exceptionally well in the first half and coach Cliff (Little) did a good job slowing things down and make it kind of ugly there on us,” said KHS coach Chris Byrd.”We’ll need to come out and play our best game Saturday in the championship game if we wanna win.” Kaylee Bonds paced the Lady Aggies with 10, while Morgan Hodum and Madison Starling each scored six. Aunesty Dilworth and Haley Harris scored three points apiece to lead Biggersville, who fell to 1-10. (Varsity Boys) Corinth 91 Alcorn Central 27 The Warriors moved to 11-5 on the season Thursday evening by easily dispatching Alcorn Central 91-27 in a game that got away from the Bears early. Coach Mike Lewis let his Bears run and gun with the Warriors, and they got some good looks early on. But their shots just would not fall and they found themselves trailing 15-0 with less than two minutes to go in the first quarter. That’s when Jay Coln nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to give ACHS their first points of the contest with 1:50 remaining in the period. Corinth went on to lead 30-15 at intermission, but if some of those early shots had fallen for the Bears, it would have been closer. The Tribe fired the afterburners in the second half and showed no mercy on Central, even with their reserves in the game. They outscored the Bears 61-12 in the second half as all systems were go. “I thought we played with a lot of enthusiasm tonight,” said CHS coach Keith Greene.”I’m proud of the guys and proud to advance to the finals again.” Six Warriors scored in double figures, led by Jon D Warren with 15 followed by Tada Stricklen and Mikey McIntosh with 14 each. Shyron Rogers led CHS with seven at the half and finished with 13. Jawson Shields chipped in with 12 and Michael White added 10. Corinth advances to yet another championship game appearance Saturday evening at the Crossroads Arena. (Kent Mohundro is the sports editor for the Daily Corinthian)