IAHS comes up winless at Pontotoc

Vijay Miller slices through the lane for a layup against Pontotoc. Miller scored 21 points, but it wasn't enough to stop the high-powered Warriors. (Photo by Scotty Nichols)

Vijay Miller slices through the lane for a layup against Pontotoc. Miller scored 21 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the high-powered Warriors. (Photo by Scotty Nichols)

PONTOTOC – The IAHS basketball teams paid a return visit to division rival Pontotoc, last week, after the Lady Indians knocked off the Lady Warriors with a Tori Mallory buzzer-beater in Fulton just a couple of weeks before.

Jade Parker launches a three during action at Pontotoc last week. (Photo by Scotty Nichols)

Jade Parker launches a three during action at Pontotoc last week. (Photo by Scotty Nichols)

(G) Pontotoc 45, IAHS 36

The Lady Indians started off on the right foot, but an ice-cold second half resulted in a 45-36 loss to the hands of their bitter rival to the west.

The two powerhouse programs exchanged blows throughout the first half, and IAHS held leads of 7-5 after the first quarter and 21-20 at the half, thanks to a 10-point outburst by Constance Dunn.

Pontotoc’s Jatyjia Jones kept the Lady Warriors right in the thick of things, accounting for 11 of Pontotoc’s 20 points at the break.

In the third quarter, IAHS went ice-cold from the floor, and Pontotoc used their misfortune to benefit from an 11-3 run and take a 31-24 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

Mallory and Dunn did their best to keep the Lady Indians within striking distance but, for the most part, IAHS simply couldn’t buy a bucket on the offensive end, and Pontotoc couldn’t miss.

Jones led her Lady Warriors down the homestretch to the 9-point victory, and pull into a tie for first place at the top of the division 1-4A standings with IAHS, for the time being.

Jones led all scorers with 21 points, while Dunn led IAHS with 18 points, followed by Mallory’s 12.

(B) Pontotoc 82, IAHS 50

In the boys’ contest, Pontotoc poured it on early and didn’t take their foot off the gas.

The Warriors jumped out to a 15-0 lead before the Indians could score their first points with under 2:30 to go in the first quarter.

Pontotoc held a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter, which grew to a 26-point lead after three quarters thanks to a 13-2 run to start the period.

The fourth quarter was much of the same: The Warriors answered a Desmond Shumpert three to open the frame with another crushing 15-0 run, highlighted by a Ty Jones one-handed breakaway flush.

The Warriors rode the huge runs to a big 82-50 win to improve their standing in division 1-4A.

Pontotoc’s Jones led all scorers with 25 points.

IAHS senior Vijay Miller, playing with a heavy heart, recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a terrific effort.

Shumpert finished the game with 16 points on some solid outside shooting.

scotty.nichols@journalinc.com
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Adam Armour has been writing and taking photographs for "The Itawamba County Times" since 2005. His words and pictures have earned 18 Mississippi Press Association Awards, including several "Best of" category recognitions. He has written and independently published one novel and is currently working on a second.