IAHS splits at Mooreville, picks up division wins at Tishomingo County

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

MOOREVILLE – The IAHS basketball squads hit the road last week for a pair of

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Vijay Miller scored 46 total points in games at Mooreville and Tishomingo County last week, and flushed a crowd-pleasing one-handed dunk late in the third quarter to help the Indians pull away from the Braves for an important division 1-4A win.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Vijay Miller scored 46 total points in games at Mooreville and Tishomingo County last week, and flushed a crowd-pleasing one-handed dunk late in the third quarter to help the Indians pull away from the Braves for an important division 1-4A win.

contests, one in neighboring Lee county against Mooreville and one in Iuka for an always-important division 1-4A matchup with rival Tishomingo County.
On Tuesday, the Indians and Lady Indians traveled to Mooreville and weren’t exactly met with southern hospitality during the games.

(G) IAHS 54, Mooreville 25
In the scene of high school basketball in Mississippi, officiating has often been less than stellar, to say the least, but very seldom has it been one-sided. Unfortunately, for the visitors in black and gold, the latter was very much the case and it was obvious from early on.
While both teams struggled to get things going in the first quarter -the score was 2-2 until the 2:32 mark- Mooreville took a 6-2 lead with a pair of jumpers off consecutive possessions, before the Lady Indians would finish on an 11-2 run to take a 13-8 lead.
All of a sudden, literally everything on the IAHS defensive end became a foul.
Mallory continued to take over on the offensive end, scoring 17 points in the second quarter to total 28 points in the first half, but the only thing that kept Mooreville relatively close was the volume of free throw attempts that they received.
Clear IAHS steals were whistled as fouls, and the Lady Troopers visited the charity stripe 14 times in the second quarter alone.
Mooreville converted only 50-percent of those attempts into points and managed just one field goal in the second quarter to find themselves down 37-17 at the half.
When all was said and done after the first half, the Lady Troopers had visited the free throw line 18 total times, compared to just one attempt by IAHS -a converted and-one by Tori Mallory late in the second quarter, when she was mauled on a layup.
Despite the ridiculously large free throw advantage, the Lady Indians led by 20 at halftime and would only extend that lead throughout the rest of the game.
IAHS would only surrender 8 points in the second half, completely shutting the Lady Troopers out in the fourth quarter, while 10 of the Lady Indians’ 17 second half points would come off the fingertips of Constance Dunn.
Dunn would finish with 14 points, while Mallory would add 7 to her 28 first half points to lead all scorers with 35 on the night.

(B) Mooreville 67,IAHS 57
After much verbal criticism of the partiality in officiating during the girls’ game, and even one instance that resulted in the questionable ejection of a fan, the three-man crew decided to lean even heavier toward the home team during the boys’ game.
The first quarter was back-and-forth throughout, and the Indians found themselves down by just one point, 10-9, on the strength of Vijay Miller’s 7 early points.
No free throws were attempted by either squad in the opening quarter, but it was noticeable that IAHS was picking up fouls on the floor at an alarming rate. Those fouls would lead to the Troopers reaching the bonus and heading to the free throw line early in the second quarter.
The Indians did their part to hang around, but found themselves down by 6 at the half.
IAHS was 3-of-5 from the free throw line in the first half, while Mooreville shot 5-of-9, but that gap would widen significantly in the second half.
Desmond Shumpert opened up the second half with a three from the corner to cut the Trooper lead to 32-29, but Mooreville would answer with 5 straight points to stretch their lead back to 8.
IAHS would then go on a 14-3 run behind 5 points by Miller and consecutive threes from Shumpert, one which tied the game at 40-40 and the latter that gave IAHS its first lead of the night, 43-40.
A free throw and a layup would tie the game back up for the Troopers, but Shumpert then knocked down his third consecutive three from the corner to put IAHS back on top, 46-43, with around a minute to go in the quarter.
The Troopers would knock down a three and a baseline jumper to retake a 48-46 lead heading into the fourth.
Following the same script as the first half, the Indians picked up several, at best questionable, fouls in the third quarter and it would pay dividends for the Troopers down the stretch.
Mooreville shot seven free throws in less than :50 seconds to start the fourth quarter, hitting four of them to push their lead back out to 6 points, but IAHS battled and refused to go away quietly.
A jump hook by Austin King was sandwiched around a pair of layups off steals by Miller to keep the Indians within striking distance, but IAHS could not make up a ton of ground due to the fact that Mooreville made a trip to the free throw line virtually any time a player in black and gold sneezed.
Visibly frustrated and doing his best to hold his tongue, IAHS coach Devin Hill was hit with a technical foul for questioning a call late in the quarter, which appeared to be an even easier opportunity for an official to send a Trooper to the line.
“I just asked, ‘if you’re [the official] gonna call that, why don’t you call it on both ends,'” Hill said of the foul. “I don’t guess he wanted to hear it.”
The Trooper free throw party would continue throughout the remainder of the game, and Mooreville would pull away for a 67-57 win.
The Troopers out-shot IAHS 30-10 from the free throw line on the night, hitting on 16 of their opportunities to help in their 10-point win.
“I’m proud of how our guys kept playing hard throughout that kind of adversity,” Hill said. “It’s hard to do much when that kind of stuff is going on. I don’t criticize officiating, but we were in a tough spot from the beginning tonight. I do know that our guys played their tails off through it all, though.”
Miller led the way with 21 points for IAHS, while Shumpert added 14 and King pitched in 11.

(G) IAHS 67, Tishomingo County 24

 

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Tori Mallory drives the baseline against a Tishomingo County defender. Mallory scored 35 points earlier in the week against Mooreville before dropping 24 against the Lady Braves, both of which were blowout wins for IAHS.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Tori Mallory drives the baseline against a Tishomingo County defender. Mallory scored 35 points earlier in the week against Mooreville before dropping 24 against the Lady Braves, both of which were blowout wins for IAHS.

IUKA – The Lady Indians overcame a slow start to rout the Lady Braves by 43 points and improve to 3-0 in division 1-4A play.
IAHS led 29-16 at the half, but closed the game out on a 38-8 run in the final two quarters to cruise to the victory.
The Lady Indians would do what would ultimately be all the damage they needed to do at all in the third quarter, scoring 30 points, led by Constance Dunn’s 14.
Coach Hill called the dogs off in the final quarter to claim a 67-24 victory over their rivals to north.
Dunn led IAHS with 27, followed by Tori Mallory’s 24.

(B) IAHS 73,Tishomingo County 54
The Indians battled the Braves tightly for the entire first half and part of the third quarter, despite controlling the lead for the majority of the game.
IAHS managed to pull out to a convincing lead after holding a slim 35-31 lead at the break, thanks to a 23-9 run in the third quarter which was capped off by a thunderous breakaway one-handed jam by Vijay Miller.
Miller led the way with 25 points, followed by Austin King’s 20, to help the Indians improve to 1-2 in division 1-4A play.

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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