Lady Indians secure No. 2 seed, Indians pick up division win

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

FULTON – The IAHS basketball squads hosted a pair of division rivals last Monday and Tuesday night and came away with three total wins.
The Lady Indians survived a scare from Shannon on Monday night then routed Amory on Tuesday, while the Indians dropped Monday’s game to the Red Raiders before taking care of the Panthers, in overtime, on Tuesday.

(G) IAHS 52, Shannon 48
The Lady Indians hit the accelerator against the Lady Raiders, it was just a painfully slow

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS's Constance Dunn gets off a shot over a Shannon defender. Dunn scored 15 second-half points and helped the Lady Indians overcome a 9-point fourth quarter deficit and surge past the Lady Raiders for a 4-point win.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
IAHS’s Constance Dunn gets off a shot over a Shannon defender. Dunn scored 15 second-half points and helped the Lady Indians overcome a 9-point fourth quarter deficit and surge past the Lady Raiders for a 4-point win.

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The timing worked out perfectly, however, as IAHS hit their stride at the right time and scooted past Shannon in the final minutes for the important division victory.
Shannon jumped out to a 13-3 lead after one quarter, then built it up to 27-15 at the half.
IAHS scoring machine Tori Mallory was doing more than the lion’s share of work on the offensive end, scoring 13 of the Lady Indians’ 15 points in the first half, but she got plenty of help in the second half.
Mallory and fellow senior Constance Dunn are typically scorers No. 1 and No. 2 (often times more like 1A and 1B) for the Lady Indians.
Dunn was held in check for the first 16 minutes of the game, scoring just 2 points, but she erupted for 15 in the final 16 minutes to lead the IAHS charge.
After three quarters, the Lady Indians trailed 42-31 but finished out the contest with eight straight minutes of absolute domination.
In the first two minutes, Mallory scored 7 points and Dunn 2 to help cut the lead to just 44-40.
Two minutes later, Dunn hit a pair of free throws and executed a 3-point play, following a layup and foul, to pull the Lady Indians to within just one point.
Dunn’s first free throw of that sequence would kick-start a 12-2 run to close out the game and give the Lady Indians a 52-48 victory.
Mallory led the Lady Indians with 29 points, and Dunn poured in 17.

(B) Shannon 71, IAHS 59
IAHS started slow, but came on in the third quarter to make a game out of it with the Raiders.
The Indians trailed by 13 in the third quarter, then pressed forward to get to within just four points, 50-46, after senior Vijay Miller singed the net from beyond half court at the buzzer.
In the fourth quarter, IAHS had to resort to fouling to force trips to the foul line.
Shannon finished the game 11-of-their-last-12 from the stripe to keep the lead out of reach and win, 71-59.
Miller led IAHS with 23 points, followed by Austin King with 10.

(G) IAHS 61, Amory 23
The Lady Indians continued the snowball effect that started in the fourth quarter on the previous night and obliterated the Lady Panthers 61-23.
IAHS bolted out to a huge 26-12 lead at the half and made sure that Amory didn’t get any closer.
Mallory and Dunn led the way, each outscoring the entire Lady Panther team, with 27 and 25 points, respectively.

(B) IAHS 70, Amory 60 – (OT)

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS's Austin King takes the opening tip from Amory's Kamden Parks. The Indians needed overtime to knock off the Panthers, but came away with a 70-60 win.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
IAHS’s Austin King takes the opening tip from Amory’s Kamden Parks. The Indians needed overtime to knock off the Panthers, but came away with a 70-60 win.

IAHS led most of the night by a significant margin, but Amory cut it close toward the end and the Indians needed an extra four minutes of clock to put away the Panthers.
The Panthers used an 18-7 run in the third quarter to tie the game at 36-36, and managed to snatch the lead away from IAHS, briefly, in the fourth.
Miller knocked down a pair of free throws to give IAHS a 60-57 lead with just a few seconds remaining on the clock, but Amory’s Caelin Sanders managed to bank in a three from the wing at the buzzer to tie the game at 60-60 and force overtime.
Unfortunately, for Amory, that would be the peak of their night.
Desmond Shumpert scored the first points of overtime on a backdoor cut layup off a nice feed from point guard Colbe Hodges, then the Panthers were hit with a technical foul when head coach Todd Hutchinson mistakenly substituted in Noah Holcomb, who had fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter.
Miller knocked down three of four free throws, and the event led to an 8-0 run to push the Indians to a 70-60 victory.
Miller led the way with 25, while Shumpert added 17.

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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