By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – Amanda Morrow’s Itawamba AHS team needed a confidence boost heading into the new year.
The coach’s Lady Indians earned it Tuesday, avenging an earlier loss this season by taking a convincing 77-45 victory over the visiting Nettleton Lady Tigers in a non-division game.
“This win was important for our confidence, especially after coming off a game like last week,” Morrow said, referring to her team’s 43-36 loss Dec. 29 to New Albany. “We played like we can play.
“It was good to get back in a routine. We’ve got some tough games coming up. Starting next week, it’s pretty much division games from here on out.”
IAHS (11-4) countered Nettleton’s full-court pressure (11-5) by racing to a 22-6 first-quarter lead, then pushed that margin to 39-20 at halftime. These same Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Indians 50-39 Dec. 4 in the Nettleton Tournament.
The Indians’ one-two punch of Quay Dunn and Janisha Adams scored 13 points apiece in the first half. Dunn finished with 21 points and six rebounds while Adams scored 15 and grabbed 10 boards.
Kim Mallory added 16 points and five rebounds for the winners.
“We made too many turnovers,” Nettleton coach Derrick Sharp said. “The first time we turned them over. This time they turned us over.
“We didn’t some out to play early. It was one of our worst efforts all year.”
Nettleton scored the first four points of the second half, but IAHS made its final statement with a 12-0 run to take a 51-24 lead midway in the third quarter.
Haley Gates came off the bench for the Indians in the fourth quarter to sink three 3-pointers and finish with 11 points.
LaVontra Hall scored 16 and Shauntina Collier added 11 for the Lady Tigers.
“Everybody stepped up tonight,” Morrow said. “We had everybody working together and playing as a team. Whenever we do that, we see great things.”
Nettleton returns to action Friday with a non-division road trip to New Site while Nettleton plays Shannon on Thursday in the opening round of the Lee County Tournament in Mooreville.
(B) Nettleton 73, IAHS 67: Zach Ross scored 24 points to lead the Tigers to their overtime victory.