By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
IUKA – Itawamba AHS survived their first division road test of the week, but another huge road showdown looms for them in two days.
The Lady Indians defeated Tishomingo County 62-55 to remain undefeated in Division 1-4A play. The win also made their game at Pontotoc on Friday for sole possession of first place inside the division.
“It’s a big one as well,” IAHS coach Amanda Morrow said about Friday’s game. “It’s going to be a good game for us.”
As for Tuesday’s game, the Lady Indians broke away in the second quarter after a tight first in which they led 11-10.
Itawamba AHS turned up the defensive pressure with a full court man-to-man press. The change worked as the Lady Braves turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter.
The Lady Indians turned a stretch of four scoreless minutes for Tishomingo County into a 14-0 run. Janisha Adams scored eight of her team-high 17 points in that stretch.
For the quarter, IAHS (13-5, 4-0) outscored the Lady Braves, who have now lost five games in a row, 22-6 to lead 33-16 at halftime.
Adams “is the key to that press,” said Morrow. “She plays her position very well and is a major impact player for us.”
After trailing 43-30 after three, Tishomingo County (11-8, 3-3) made it as close as a six-point game at 61-55 with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth after an Emilee Henderson layup.
On their next possession, though, the Lady Braves turned it over when they had a chance to make it a one-possession game.
“We played great the last three minutes,” losing coach Lauren Ford Whitson said. “We made a few mistakes here and there, but we’re gonna keep on going and get better from here.”
Deidra McCoy led Tish County with 21 points.
(B) Tishomingo County 68, Itawamba AHS 48: Martin Southward scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Braves (9-9, 2-4). Jerome Curry scored 13 for IAHS (4-15, 0-4).