Dunn’s 31 helps crush Corinth

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Writer

CORINTH – It seemed possible that IAHS coach Devin Hill could have sent

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Constance Dunn (25) matched Corinth's team total with a game-high 31 points in IAHS's 50-31 rout of the Lady Warriors

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Constance Dunn (25) matched Corinth’s team total with a game-high 31 points in IAHS’s 50-31 rout of the Lady Warriors

senior guard Constance Dunn to Alcorn County last Tuesday night to take on the Corinth Lady Warriors to kick off division 1-4A play.
Obviously, that wouldn’t have been a great idea; the Lady Indians used a great team effort on both ends of the floor to knock off the Lady Warriors 50-31, but Dunn did a little bit of everything in the game, and also a whole lot of scoring.
Dunn is known as an aggressive, lock-down defender on the defensive end of the court and a slashing playmaker on offense. She graded an “A+” on her specialty skills against Corinth, forcing multiple turnovers and turning them into transition baskets on the other end to finish the contest with 31 points – the point total for the entire Lady Warrior roster at the end of the game.
The Lady Indians jumped out to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter, then weathered what would be Corinth’s only push, a 15-point effort, in the second quarter to cruise to the 19-point win.
Tori Mallory added 13 points in the division-opening rout.

(B) Corinth 80, IAHS 48
The boys didn’t have quite as much luck with the insanely-talented and athletic Corinth squad.
The Indians played the Warriors to within 7 points in the opening quarter, 20-13, then the wheels started to come off the bus.
It wasn’t so much the wheels coming off the bus for IAHS, but rather Corinth’s constantly gaining a head of steam.
The Warriors used their swarming defense and athleticism to overpower IAHS, forcing turnovers that led to easy buckets on the offensive end.
When the smoke cleared, Corinth eased to an 80-48 win to open up division play.
Desmond Shumpert was the only Indian to reach double-figures, as he caught fire from beyond the arc in the first quarter and finished with 17 points.
(G) IAHS 48,Alcorn Central 37
The Lady Indians returned home last Friday night to host the Alcorn Central Lady Bears and, apparently, still had some of their Corinth mojo working from earlier in the week.
IAHS stormed out of the gates with 18 points in the first quarter, while missing the defensive shutout in the period ever-so-slightly, allowing just 1 point by the visiting Lady Bears.
The IAHS fire eventually weakened and Alcorn Central played themselves back into the game, forcing the Lady Indians to hang on during a furious comeback attempt.
IAHS clamped down when it mattered and held on for an 11-point, 48-37 decision, which was their seventh-consecutive win since dropping the season opener.
Tori Mallory led the way with 25 points, followed by Shanail Hughes with 8 and Constance Dunn with 7.

(B) IAHS 48, Alcorn Central 37

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Desmond Shumpert goes up for two of his team-high 17 points against Corinth last Tuesday.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Desmond Shumpert goes up for two of his team-high 17 points against Corinth last Tuesday.

In an odd series of events, the IAHS boys finished the night off by defeating Alcorn Central by the exact same score as the girls, 48-37.
The Indians followed a similar script as the girls had earlier, jumping out to a lead and being able to maintain it for the duration of the game.
Austin King led the Indians with 12 points, followed by Jake Smith’s 10.
Colbe Hodges added 9 points and Desmond Shumpert had 8.

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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