Panthers top Indians on their senior night

AMORY – Amory’s starting five seniors ended their careers at home on a good note, topping division rival Itawamba AHS 61-41 on Senior Night on Tuesday.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal Itawamba's Tyler Dossett drives to the basket as Amory's Jailon Lowe defends on Tuesday night.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Itawamba’s Tyler Dossett drives to the basket as Amory’s Jailon Lowe defends on Tuesday night.

The Panthers rode a double-digit halftime lead and led by as many as 22 midway through the third.

“We played better tonight than we did Saturday,” said Amory coach Rob Browning, whose Panthers lost to county rival Aberdeen in their previous game. “We still lose focus at times in my opinion, but maybe I demand too much out of them sometimes. That’s just part of it.”
Amory started out on a 6-0 run to open the game with two baskets from Nick Beeks and one from Dario Robinson before Itawamba put up a 3-pointer to get on the board.
Devin McIntosh dunked after an assist from Robinson, and Jaylon Fair’s three gave Amory a ten-point lead after the first. Five straight points from McIntosh near the beginning of the second stretched Amory’s lead out to 28-9.
Anthony Kennedy and Makel Hamer each added shots in a 6-0 run to end the first half to cut the gap to 11.
The Panthers opened the third on an 11-2 run with just a two-pointer from Hamer for Itawamba. McIntosh added his second dunk of the game to give Amory a 47-25 lead midway through the quarter, and the closest the Indians would come was to close the gap to 16 on a Tyler Dossett basket.
Hamer led the Indians with 12 points, while Kennedy added another 8. Beeks scored a game-high 20 for Amory, while McIntosh (15) and Fair (13) were also in double figures for the Panthers.
Browning said there were still several things he wanted his team to work on with a week to go until the Division 1-4A tournament.
“When you get a lead, you need to extend it. Sometimes when we get a lead, we back off just enough, and that just enough causes teams to make a shot they wouldn’t normally make,” Browning said. “There are little things we need to work on before next week.”

(G) Itawamba AHS 83, Amory 25
The Lady Indians had four scorers in double figures, led by Kim Mallory with 20 points. Quay Dunn scored 19, while Sarah Dial and Neely Grubbs finished with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Kerina Harris led Amory with 9 points, while Ashley Thompson scored 7 in the loss.