Corbin Medley hopes the season can last a while longer just so he can gibe Rogersville assistant coach Matt Powell a little bit.
Medley had a career-night Thursday, breaking the school record for both points and 3-pointers as the Wildcats outlasted West Plains 77-67 in the Class 4 District 11 semifinals.
“I’ll give it to him a little bit,” Medley joked. “But seriously, he’s helped me a ton. My freshman year, my shot was slow and the reason I didn’t play much. We worked hard that summer and it’s paid off.”
The 6-foot-2 senior scored 42 points — including 31 in the first half when he made all nine of his 3-pointers — to help second-seeded Rogersville to Saturday’s championship game. The Wildcats (16-9) will play top-seeded Republic, a 49-21 winner over Reeds Spring, at 7 p.m.
“Corbin’s been very open about doing some things,” said Powell, who held the record for points, at 40. “I have not seen him have that kind of range before tonight. It was awesome to sit there and watch it and I’m really glad that I was here to see it.”
Medley’s 3-point barrage in the first half kept West Plains (15-13) from running away with it early. The Zizzers’ Justin Davis scored 11 points in the first quarter as West Plains took a 22-19 lead, but without Medley’s five 3-pointers it could have been far bigger.
“We thought they were really good on offense and fortunately for us, what a half by Medley,” Rogersville coach Rod Gorman said. “He found the seams and our guys found him.
“We haven’t relied on that kind of performance all year and it was awesome tonight, but we know Saturday is a whole new game.”
“Everybody thinks that they are capable of having that kind of night,” Medley laughed. “I guess I was just feeling tonight. I really couldn’t have done this without my teammates and what they did for me tonight.”
Republic 49, Reeds Spring 21: Most high school kids would admit, albeit privately, that coming off the bench is not that much fun.
Republic’s Canyon Smith has turned it into an art form. The left-handed shooting junior guard has become the king of the big shot, coming off of a strong Tigers bench to give an offensive lift.
Smith scored 13 points Thursday as top-seeded Republic downed Reeds Spring 49-21 to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship game. Cody Geiger led the Tigers with 14 points.
“It was hard to not be starting at first,” Smith admitted after some prodding. “But it has worked out better for the team. And shooters still shoot, so my teammates do a good job setting me screens.”
Smith’s timing is usually uncanny, like against the Wolves. His first of four 3-pointers allowed the Tigers to gain some separation in the first quarter and his second halted a mini-Reeds Spring run in the second quarter.
“He’s a good shooter and when he shoots it, everyone on our team thinks that it is going in,” Republic coach Treyvor Fisher said. “He’s got the green light 99 percent of the time.
“But I was really pleased with his defense tonight because that’s been something that he’s tried to work on every day.”