IAHS completes season sweep of rival Tishomingo County

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

FULTON – The IAHS boys’ basketball team has played a tough slate and

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Austin King skies over everyone for a rim-rattling third quarter dunk in last week's win over Tishomingo County.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Austin King skies over everyone for a rim-rattling third quarter dunk in last week’s win over Tishomingo County.

hasn’t exactly been rewarded in the win/loss column, but the team is making strides and improving from game to game.
The Indians are in an extremely talented basketball division, which includes Corinth, Shannon and Pontotoc, and managed to pick up a key division win at home over Tishomingo County last week, to remain in the thick of things.
After falling on their homecourt just over a week earlier, the Braves came out swinging out of the gates.
The Indians withstood a barrage from Tishomingo County and found themselves trailing by just one point, 15-14 after the first quarter.
The Indian duo of Vijay Miller and Austin King began to get comfortable, especially on the offensive end, in the second quarter and that spelled trouble for the visiting Braves.
Miller and King combined for 16 points in the second quarter to lead IAHS to a 42-31 advantage at the halftime break.
The Indians came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter, starting on an 11-2 run to extend their lead, highlighted by several easy layups and easy transition buckets, thanks to a swarming defensive effort.
King concluded the third period with a play that made the home crowd go nuts, while the visitors simply dropped their jaws.
With just under a minute to go in the period, the 6’4″ junior beat his man off the dribble on the right wing and attacked the basket. Desmond Shumpert then cut toward the corner along the baseline, drawing his defender out of the paint.
With his man in the dust and no one in a blue jersey occupying the key, King elevated over a defender trying to provide backside help and threw down a one-handed windmill dunk for an exclamation mark heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Holding a 57-40 lead, the Indians gave up a 7-2 run to start the fourth quarter and a 9-2 run to the Braves a bit later.
Despite Tishomingo County threatening to make a game out of it, Miller flexed his muscle to help fend off the Braves.
Miller penetrated the lane and dished out to Jake Smith, who nailed a three from the wing, for a nice assist, then finished the game with 6 of IAHS’s final 10 points to cap a 72-61 victory.
The Indians improve to 2-3 inside division play, with key matchups against Shannon and Corinth looming in the next week.
King, when asked when he knew he was going to slam the ball on what was, definitely, the play of the night, responded “as soon as I saw Swag’s (Shumpert) man follow him out of the paint. There was nobody left in the way, so I figured I’d try to make a statement.”
King and Miller led IAHS to the huge win with 18 points apiece.

(G) IAHS 49, Tishomingo County 18

 

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Constance Dunn displayed all her talents and took over the game in the Lady Indians' 49-18 thumping of division rival Tishomingo County last Tuesday night. Dunn gave her usual hard-nosed defensive effort and also took the offensive spotlight to herself as top scorer Tori Mallory found herself in foul trouble, outscoring the entire Lady Braves squad with a brilliant 27-point effort.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Constance Dunn displayed all her talents and took over the game in the Lady Indians’ 49-18 thumping of division rival Tishomingo County last Tuesday night. Dunn gave her usual hard-nosed defensive effort and also took the offensive spotlight to herself as top scorer Tori Mallory found herself in foul trouble, outscoring the entire Lady Braves squad with a brilliant 27-point effort.

The Lady Indians got 8 of their first 14 points from leading scorer Tori Mallory, but she was soon sidelined with foul trouble.
That was supposed to be a good sign for the visiting Tishomingo County Lady Braves, right?
Wrong. The next 22 minutes of game action turned into “The Constance Dunn Show,” as the senior was more than willing to take the entire offensive load onto her shoulders and went on a rampage for the remainder of the contest to lead the Lady Indians to a convincing 31-point victory over their rivals to the north.
Dunn finished with 27 points, 9 more points than the entire Lady Braves’ team, in the 49-18 win, which included one stretch from mid-second quarter until fourth quarter where she scored 22 consecutive points for the Lady Indians.
IAHS improves to 14-3 overall and a perfect 4-0 inside division play and has home dates with Shannon and Corinth approaching, just before a trip to Amory and a pivotal return trip to Pontotoc for a gigantic game on Feb. 2.

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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