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High School Hoops Insider, Jan. 9

Jan. 9—GAME TO WATCH

Alcorn Central at Booneville girls

(6 p.m. today)

—Breakdown: No. 2-ranked Booneville (12-1) opens its Region 1-3A slate against No. 10 Alcorn Central (16-3, 1-0). The Bears haven't beaten the Blue Devils since the 2020-21 season.

—Leaders — Alcorn Central: F Allie Kirkland 10.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg. ... F Branna Quinn 9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.1 spg. ... F Emma Barnett 8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg. Booneville: F Saniyah Cook 16.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.0 bpg. ... G Kaylee Johnson 11.6 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.3 spg. ... G Ava Kate Smith 7.7 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.8 spg.

—Coach Speak: "They are very good defensively and can create on offense, which makes defending them a real challenge." — Alcorn Central's Alan Wood, on Booneville

WHAT ELSE TO WATCH

In a top-10 boys showdown, No. 4 South Pontotoc (12-5) will host No. 8 Ingomar (16-6). ... The Prentiss County Tournament tips off today at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. Four games are on tap, starting with Wheeler-Jumpertown girls at 4 p.m.

Brad Locke

brad.locke@journalinc.com