Indians, Lady Indians claim Tishowamba Bi-County Tournament titles

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Writer

FULTON – The IAHS Indians and Lady Indians played host to the annual “Tishowamba” Bi-County basketball tournament last weekend, and each came up with a pair of big wins to clinch championship trophies.

(G) IAHS 72, Tremont 25
The Lady Indians kicked off the tournament by hitting the accelerator and not easing off

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Constance Dunn elevates for a layup as the Lady Indians defeated Belmont to win the Tishowamba tournament.

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Constance Dunn elevates for a layup as the Lady Indians defeated Belmont to win the Tishowamba tournament.

throughout the duration of the contest against the Tremont Lady Eagles.
IAHS came out with a flurry of offense led by senior Tori Mallory and junior Elisabeth Cleveland, who had 9 and 7 points in the first quarter.
Cleveland kept her hot hand smoldering in the second quarter, scoring 10 points in that period to total 17 before halftime, as the Lady Indians surged out to a 38-15 halftime lead.
The Lady Indians poured it on again in the third quarter, but it was senior Constance Dunn who took over the reins on offense, as she scored 14 of IAHS’s 20 total points in the quarter.
While the Lady Indians were rolling in the game, the victory did not come without a price.
Cleveland, who lit it up offensively in the first half, hustled to chase down a play on defense and tried to contest a shot in the third quarter, but came down wrong on her knee and exited the game in the third quarter.
With most starters removed in the fourth quarter, the Lady Indians cruised to a big 72-25 win to secure their berth in the championship game.
Mallory led the Lady Indians with 19 points, followed by Cleveland with 17 and Dunn with 16.
Taylor Lentz and Katie Graham scored six points each to lead Tremont.

(G) IAHS 47, Belmont 36
In the championship game, the Belmont Lady Cardinals figured out something important:
If the other team has a Tori Mallory, you’re in trouble.
The IAHS senior gashed Belmont from start to finish, almost scoring at will, and made a huge impact on the game defensively, as well.
Mallory scored 11 of the Lady Indians’ 14 first-quarter points, and showed no signs of slacking up.
Chloe Watson presented the main scoring threat for the visiting Lady Cardinals, leading her team with 19 points on the night, but the Lady Indians clamped down enough to keep Belmont at arm’s-length on the scoreboard to clinch the 47-36 win, and also the tournament title for the second consecutive year.
Mallory scored a season-high 32 points to lead IAHS, and was also named tournament MVP.
Constance Dunn followed with 11 points.

(B) IAHS 64, Tremont 44

 

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Jake Smith attacks the basket for two of his game-high 19 points in IAHS's win over Tremont in the Tishowamba Tournament.

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Jake Smith attacks the basket for two of his game-high 19 points in IAHS’s win over Tremont in the Tishowamba Tournament.

When the IAHS Indians ran into the Tremont Eagles last Thursday, they found themselves in a slugfest until a big fourth quarter helped them pull away for a 20-point win.
The Indians got a brilliant performance from junior guard Jake Smith, who hit several clutch shots and dropped some key assists to keep IAHS in front throughout the game.
Walker Adams was the consistent offensive threat for Tremont, scoring in all four quarters to help keep the Eagles close.
The Indians held a slim 31-22 lead at the halftime break, but used a 21-11 run in the fourth quarter to pick up the 64-24 win and move into the championship game.
Smith led IAHS with a game-high 19 points, followed by Cameron Orr with 11 and Vijay Miller with 10.
Adams led Tremont with 18, followed by Zack Sheffield with 7 and Logan South with 6.
(B) IAHS 61, Belmont 47
In a rematch of last year’s championship contest, the Indians extracted some revenge on their rivals to the north.
IAHS jumped out to a 27-19 first half lead, and rode a 23-point third quarter to propel them to the 14-point win.
Senior Vijay Miller used his size, athleticism and soft shooting touch to torch the Cardinals from, virtually, everywhere on the floor.
Miller sank threes, hit mid-range jumpers and finished around the rim on his way to 22 points, along with a plethora of rebounds and assists, and was also named the tournament MVP.
Austin King started strong on the offensive end and finished with 12 points to follow Miller, and Desmond Shumpert was right behind with 11.

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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