By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – The quality and balance of guard play all season by the Itawamba Community College Lady Indians has been almost perfect.
In quarterfinal action on Tuesday at the MACJC State Tournament, Ty’Nita Baker of Houston was the star of the group, smoothly draining six 3-pointers to help the Lady Indians to a 73-55 victory over East Central.
“Give Ty’Nita Baker credit for coming off the bench,” ICC coach Nanci Gray said. “She did a great job.”
The Lady Indians (22-2) still have work to do after advancing to today’s semifinal. ICC will play Pearl River at 6 p.m.
The athletic East Central women were staying with ICC early, but by the time Baker had hit her fourth 3-pointer of the half, the Lady Indians led 24-18.
Itawamba pushed that margin as big as 36-23 on a LaPrecious Naylon steal and basket, and maintained the lead at 38-32 at the half.
After Central cut the margin to four to open the second half, Baker stoked another 3-pointer. In the next six minutes, Shay Bonner (Starkville) added two from long-range, and Naylon one, with Baker bagging her last 3-pointer with 12 minutes, 15 seconds to play for a 57-42 lead.
“Our guards have brought it all year,” Gray said. “Our defensive effort was great.”
Baker led ICC with 20 points; Naylon and Jamekia Hoskins added 16 each.
(W) Co-Lin 76, Northeast 63: Co-Lin led 37-29 at the half, and will face Jones in the other semifinal at 1 p.m. today. Anna Brooke Page of Belmont led the Lady Tigers with 23 points.