By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
ICC’s Lady Indians begin their quest for a berth in the NJCAA national tournament tonight with a game against Meridian in the Region 23 tournament at Mississippi College in Clinton.
The tipoff is scheduled for 8.
ICC (18-9) lost to previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Co-Lin last week in the semifinals of the MACJC state tournament.
Meridian (24-6) is led by Shardae Johnson, who is averaging 14 points per game for the perimeter-based Lady Eagles.
“Meridian is a very athletic squad that can shoot the 3,” ICC coach Nanci Gray said. “We better bring our defensive intensity and play like we did at the state tourney against Southwest and in the second half of the Co-Lin game.”
Lori Crudup averages 14.5 points per game and Birdie Bowens 10 points for the Lady Indians.
The ICC-Meridian winner would advance to Wednesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal against Co-Lin or Southwest. In the noon opener, Jones plays East Mississippi while at 2, Northwest plays Baton Rouge.
The finals are scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.
Men start Tuesday
ICC (18-9) and Northeast (12-11) will play the opener and nightcap, respectively, in Tuesday’s opening round of the Region 23 men’s tournament at MC.
ICC battles Jones, a team it split with during the regular season, at noon on the floor of A.E. Wood Coliseum. The winner will advance to Wednesday’s 2 p.m. semifinal against the Pearl River-Southern Shreveport winner.
Northeast plays East Mississippi at 8. The winner will advance to Wednesday’s 8 p.m. semifinal against Tuesday’s Hinds-Delgado winner.
The men’s and women’s winners advance to the national tournaments in Kansas.