Panthers top Braves in division play

AMORY – The Panthers rolled out to a quick lead against Tishomingo County on their way to a 73-49 division win on Tuesday night, thanks in part to a big first half by seniors Devin McIntosh and Nick Beeks.
McIntosh led the way on the night for Amory with 20 points, 17 of those in the first half, while Beeks scored 14 of his 15 points on the night before the break.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalAmory's Devin McIntosh directs a teammate before passing the ball on Tuesday against Tishomingo County. McIntosh led the way for the Panthers in the win with 20 points, 17 of them in the first half.

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Amory’s Devin McIntosh directs a teammate before passing the ball on Tuesday against Tishomingo County. McIntosh led the way for the Panthers in the win with 20 points, 17 of them in the first half.

“We finally moved the ball well tonight. We had a good practice yesterday,” Amory coach Rob Browning said. “Once the ball moves, everything else opened up. I think offensively we played really well tonight.”
Amory jumped out to a 6-0 lead quickly to open the game after three straight Panther baskets from Jaylon Fair, Dario Robinson and Beeks. The Braves found the basket twice on back-to-back possessions to bring the gap to 6-4, but Beeks and McIntosh combined to go on a 15-0 run before Tishomingo added a two-point shot at the end of the quarter.
The Panthers rolled out to a 51-17 halftime lead as Robinson and McIntosh each hit a layup before the break.
The Braves put up a 30-point third quarter but were unable to get any closer than 59-23 early in the second half.
Robinson and Fair also each put up double-digits in the win, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.
The win gave the Panthers their eighth-straight win to open the season and second to begin division play and came off the heels of another win over a 5A school after beating Oxford 67-56 on Friday night.
“We came from behind and really fought back in that game, and I’m hoping the confidence from those kind of wins can carry over in some of these really tough division games,” Browning said.
With tough division games ahead after Christmas break, Browning said there are still a few things the Panthers need to work on defensively.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalAmory's Ashley Thompson heads back down court after a steal against Tishomingo County.

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Amory’s Ashley Thompson heads back down court after a steal against Tishomingo County.

“We’re pretty good defensively when we want to be, but there are still some little things we need to work on. There are a couple of things here and there that we need to fix. Overall I’m pretty pleased with the effort,” Browning said.

(G) Tishomingo County 67, Amory 31
Ashley Thompson scored 12 points to lead the Lady Panthers who were down 44-22 at the half.
Kerina Harris opened the game with back-to-back two-point shots for Amory for a 4-0 lead, but that would be the Lady Panthers’ sole lead of the game as the Lady Braves went on a 24-12 run to finish the period.
Anna Claire Griffin finished with a game-high 24 points for Tishomingo County.