Lady Indians win division opener, Indians suffer season’s first loss

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

FULTON – The Itawamba AHS basketball teams have experienced different seasons thus far in 2016-2017.

The Indians have been red-hot, vaulting out to a perfect 7-0

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Alondra Gordon's ball-handling and phenomenal defensive play helped push the Lady Indians to a 1-0 division 1-4A record with a win over Corinth.

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Alondra Gordon’s ball-handling and phenomenal defensive play helped push the Lady Indians to a 1-0 division 1-4A record with a win over Corinth.

record on the young season, while the Lady Indians have struggled to find their identity.

Last Tuesday, the Lady Indians put together their finest performance of 2016, and came up with a big win over defending division 1-4A tournament champion Corinth.

(G) Itawamba AHS 48, Corinth 25
The Lady Indians jumped all over the Lady Warriors early on and cruised to a convincing 23-point victory.

Amber Kelton caught fire after the opening tipoff, scoring 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half.

Kelton hit a pair of big threes in the first quarter that struck the achilles heel of the Lady Warriors, while the relentless on-ball pressure of frontcourt duo Alondra Gordon and Jada Ashby led to multiple turnovers and easy fastbreak buckets.

The return of post presence Maddie Johnson proved vital to IAHS’s success, as the junior dominated the paint and corraled many rebounds and gave the Lady Indians multiple chances on the offensive end.

Jade Parker added 10 points to contribute to the victory, while IAHS didn’t allow a single Corinth player to reach double-figures.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Austin King puts up a jumper over a Corinth defender. King's 23 points led IAHS's valiant effort against the defending class 4A state champs, but the Indians fell just short of a victory.

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Austin King puts up a jumper over a Corinth defender. King’s 23 points led IAHS’s valiant effort against the defending class 4A state champs, but the Indians fell just short of a victory.

(B) Corinth 65, Itawamba AHS 52
In the nightcap, the boys’ squad put up a respectable effort but fell just short of upsetting the defending class 4A state champion Corinth Warriors at home, and suffered their first defeat of the season.

The Indians came out of the gates strong, jumping out to a 9-point, 20-11 first quarter lead, but found themselves down 31-28 at the halftime break.

IAHS went toe-to-toe with the 4A juggernaut for the entire game but the Warriors managed to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 13-point win.

Austin King led the Indians with a 23-point effort, while Tristan Crowder finished with 14.

Colbe Hodges added 9 points and Russell Bunch contributed six to round out the IAHS scoring.

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About Scotty Nichols

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

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