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Shannon holds on for win over Itawamba

Jan. 12—SHANNON — Despite a frantic final quarter of play, Shannon held on for a win over Itawamba on the road Friday night.

The two teams combined for 36 points in the fourth quarter, but the Red Raiders withstood an Itawamba offensive surge to score a 58-51 victory. Shannon overcame a 28-point performance from Tim Holliday for the Indians. But before the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders had only given up 32 points.

"I think tonight defensively we played with a lot of intensity," Shannon head coach Cedric Brim said. "I thought that was one of the best defensive games we've had for the season. I was real pleased with our defense."

Shannon (10-7, 3-2 Region 1-4A) led after all four quarters, but the Red Raiders didn't find their groove offensively until the second half. They recorded 17 points in each of the final two quarters to build up a lead after leading just 24-18 at halftime.

"I think we got some opportunities to transition there and we executed on them, we scored on them," Brim said. "First half, we didn't go up in transition and go score like we should have. But second half, we did."

Itawamba (8-9, 2-2 Region 1-4A) turned to Holliday early and often on offense. He scored eight of the Indians' 10 points in the first quarter and had 17 in the second half. His 28 points were more than half of Itawamba's total offensive output.

But Shannon had a standout performance of its own from Marquallen Perkins, who had a team-high 20 points in the win. Perkins was also the only Red Raider to reach double-digit points. He exploded for 10 points in the fourth quarter to help Shannon hold on.

"After the first three, I started missing," Perkins said. "I missed like three in a row, then I had to come back to it. My shot was off, I had to find it."

Itawamba did its best to get back into the game with 19 points in the fourth quarter, but the Indians couldn't quite close the gap.

"When you're down the way we were down and we were scrapping and clawing, you're kind of hoping you can get a steal, you hope they miss shots," Itawamba head coach Darryl Wilson said. "They did a good job tonight... hats off to them."

Three-Pointers

Turning Point: Shannon went on a 7-2 run to open the fourth quarter and take a 48-34 lead with 5:09 left to play.

Point Maker: Holliday scored 28 points in a losing effort for Itawamba, while Perkins had 20 for Shannon.

Talking Point: "This is our first game after break. We haven't played since last year. We're just trying to get better each and every game. Tonight, I think we did." — Brim

brendan.farrell@djournal.com