Lady Indians gobble up two wins in Thanksgiving tourney

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Writer

NEW ALBANY – After dropping a heart-breaker in the season opener, the Itawamba AHS Lady Indians won their second and third consecutive games in convincing fashion last week with a pair of wins over the North Pontotoc Lady Vikings and the host New Albany Lady Bulldogs at the New Albany Thanksgiving tournament.

 

(11/23) IAHS 46, North Pontotoc 29
In the Lady Indians’ first game of the tournament, the outcome was never really in question as

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Tori Mallory splits a pair of North Pontotoc defenders on her way to a bucket during the New Albany Thanksgiving tournament last week.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Tori Mallory splits a pair of North Pontotoc defenders on her way to a bucket during the New Albany Thanksgiving tournament last week.

the tenacious IAHS defense held North Pontotoc to a single-digit point total in each of the first three quarters, and only allowed 10 points in the final period.
In the meantime, the Lady Vikings were force-fed a heavy dose of Tori Mallory, Constance Dunn and Elisabeth Cleveland on the other end of the floor.
The trio combined for 25 of the Lady Indians’ 27 first-half points and didn’t need much more offensive production than that to put away the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Indians had a slow third quarter, from an offensive perspective, but could easily afford it as they forced North Pontotoc to have an even slower one.
IAHS only scored 6 points in the third quarter, but allowed only 4 on defense to maintain the commanding lead and cruised to a 46-29 win.
Mallory led the charge with 20 points, while Dunn and Cleveland finished with 9 apiece.
Shanail Hughes and Jade Parker had 4 points each in the win.

 

(11/24) IAHS 61, New Albany 35

 

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS's Shanail Hughes gets in the face of a North Pontotoc player while on defense.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
IAHS’s Shanail Hughes gets in the face of a North Pontotoc player while on defense.

The Lady Indians used another phenomenal defensive effort paired with fast-break scoring to make quick work of yet another opponent last Tuesday, as they easily knocked off the host New Albany Lady Bulldogs 61-35.
The offensive prescription, again, was a healthy dose of Mallory, Dunn and Cleveland, as the three combined for 17 more points than the entire New Albany squad totaled in the contest.
The Lady Indians allowed no more than 11 points in any single quarter and never scored less than 12 points, which is a recipe for success 100-percent of the time.
Mallory, who is averaging upwards of 23 points per game after last week’s contests, was the high-scorer with 28 points.
Cleveland scored 14 points, Dunn poured in 10, while Maddie Johnson added 9 points in the rout.

 

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About Scotty Nichols

Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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