Hoskins finishes strong to push Itawamba women past rival Northeast CC

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – ICC coach Nanci Gray will tell you Jameika Hoskins’ game is a work in progress.
Saturday afternoon, the freshman guard from Aberdeen had enough game to work over rival Northeast and lead the Lady Indians to a 78-74 road win at Bonner Arnold Colisuem.
Hoskins scored eight of her game-high 25 points in the final three minutes to keep her team (16-4, 8-1) in first place in the MACJC North Division.
“She does a good job getting to the rim; she just has to learn to finish,” Gray said. “Nobody can stop her.”
Northeast coach Ricky Ford, whose club entered the game’s final three minutes tied with the Lady Indians, 72-72, agrees with Gray.
“Hoskins is tough; she’s hard to defend,” he said.
Northeast (10-11, 5-6) began the day in fourth place in the division standings behind ICC, East Mississippi and Holmes. The top four teams advance to the state tournament Feb. 21-24 at Co-Lin.
The Lady Tigers were led by another freshman standout, Belmont forward Anna Brooke Page. She scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Page had an opportunity to tie the game with 5.1 seconds remaining, but was whistled for a travel after grabbing a rebound and going to the hoop for a layup.
“We were fortunate to be that close with them,” Ford said. “They’re such an athletic team. I was pleased with our kids’ effort andf intensity.”
n (M) ICC 77, Northeast 66: ICC, trailing 54-50 following a 3-pointer by Northeast’s Robert Wade, went on a 16-3 run to charge to the front and eventually win.
The Indians (12-8, 6-3) were led by Melvin Morgan with 19 points and Tod Nelson with 17. Nelson sank two of his three 3-pointers in ICC’s spurt.
Wade scored 23 points to pace Northeast (10-12, 6-5).
n Game summaries, Page 2B