By Gene Phelps / NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – Itawamba shot just 39 percent from the field in Monday’s state community college women’s game against rival Northeast.
However, the Lady Indians were 100 percent on target when it counted in their 77-75 overtime victory against the Lady Tigers at the Davis Event Center.
Ebony Williams nailed a running 10-footer in the final ticks of regulation to send the game into OT at 65-65.
In the extra five minutes, Jameika Hoskins scored eight of her team-high 21 points to lead ICC (10-3, 3-0), which remains unbeaten in MACJC North Division play.
“We couldn’t get anything going offensively, but credit Northeast,” ICC coach Nanci Gray said. “We didn’t have anybody on tonight, so we never had any rhythm.”
Northeast (7-7, 2-2) led 55-47 with 7 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in regulation before the Lady Indians started their rally.
“When we were down eight, I don’t know how we got back in it,” Gray said, shaking her head. “We did play well in our 1-2-2 (zone) and we stopped some of the things they were doing with our defense.
“Offensively, we finally scored on some penetration, which gave us a little bit of momentum. Then Ebony (Williams) hit a key basket with clock running out.”
Northeast coach Ricky Ford said poor decisions on passing the ball helped lead to the Lady Tigers’ failure down the stretch and in the OT.
ICC forced 25 turnovers and collected nine steals.
“We had opportunities to put the game away, but we missed free throws,” Ford added, referring to Northeast shooting 1 of 5 from the free throw line in the final 5 minutes of regulation. “ICC plays hard. They’re very athletic. It was hard for us to matchup.”
Patra Hubbard, who scored 23 points to lead the Lady Tigers, scored on a driving layup with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to give Northeast a 65-63 lead.
In the OT, it was just about all Hoskins for ICC. She scored on a layup, two putbacks and sank two clutch free throws with 7.2 seconds left.
“I’m more comfortable driving to the basket,” said the freshman from Aberdeen. “In the end, everybody stepped it up. We had to beat Northeast … it’s a rivalry game.”
Hoskins was one of two Lady Indians who recorded a double-double. She recorded 10 rebounds while steady Anna Dill scored 15 points and grabbed 10 boards.
Williams finished with 14 points for ICC. Anna Brooke Page scored 17 and Amber Johnson 13 for Northeast.
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