By Gene Phelps
SHANNON – Quin Agnew picked a great night to have a breakout game.
Shannon’s determined junior guard scored 24 points Monday to lead her Lady Red Raiders to a gritty 57-52 Division 1-4A win against once-beaten Itawamba AHS.
“I haven’t been playing my best lately,” Agnew said. “I wanted to come out strong because it was a division game.”
Shannon coach Warren Jennings was obviously pleased with Agnew’s performance. “This is the kind of game we’ve been expecting from her,” he said. “She produced tonight.”
Shannon (7-3, 2-0) took a 52-47 lead with 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining on an Agnew layup. It would be a crucial field goal for the Lady Raiders as IAHS cut the lead to 52-50 on a 3-pointer by Jamyia Hill on its next possession.
The Lady Raiders connected on 6-of-8 free throws in the final 1:05 and sealed the win with back-to-back steals from Zakiyyah McMorris and Asisianna Anderson.
Alexandria Metcalf, a senior forward who has been recovering from non-basketball surgery, scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter for Shannon.
Shannon led 24-17 at the half, then watched the Lady Indians rally with a strong start to the third quarter to tie the score at 28-28.
The Lady Raiders responded with a 10-2 run, fueled by three Agnew field goals, to build a 38-30 lead.
“That was typical play for us,” Jennings said. “We play aggressive at all times. I thought we kind of slowed (IAHS) down.”
The Lady Indians (9-2, 1-1) saw their big gun, Kim Mallory, score 16 points. Constance Dunn led the team with 17 while Tori Mallory added 10.
(B) Shannon 62, IAHS 56: Shannon rallied from a 28-10 deficit in the first quarter to claim the division victory.
“We didn’t play very well coming out of the gate,” Shannon coach Cedric Brim said. “I just told them to keep playing … and play defense.”
Two layups in the final two minutes by guard Jalen Brim – one off a steal – helped the Red Raiders break a 54-54 tie.
Sean Watkins, who led Shannon (7-2, 2-0) with 21 points, capped the win with a dunk.