Division 1-4A: Ford has better idea for unbeatens

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

FULTON – Corinth post player Erin Frazier scored a team-high 20 points Wednesday in her team’s Division 1-4A tournament semifinal against undefeated Pontotoc.
It wasn’t enough, however, to earn an upset. Not when Pontotoc guard Quinndella Ford poured in a game-high 30 points to lead her team to a 67-57 victory at ICC’s Davis Event Center.
“Pontotoc’s definitely a well-rounded team,” Frazier said. “They’re good outside and inside.
“No. 25 (Ford) does all of it.”
Ford and the Lady Warriors (27-0) advanced to Friday’s championship game against Itawamba AHS. The win also earned them a crucial Monday night home game in the North state tournament.
“For Itawamba and us the objective has been met, we both have a home game Monday night,” Pontotoc coach Bill Russell said of his team and IAHS earning top seeds in North state play. “Of course, we want to win the division championship.”
Pontotoc struggled to contain Corinth’s halfcourt game in the first half, but managed to take a 40-31 halftime lead.
The winners took a 16-point lead early in the fourth quarter then fought off a late charge. Corinth cut Pontotoc’s lead to 64-57 late on a 3-pointer by Teosha Boyd.
“We stretched them out and quit playing,” Russell said. “I take the blame for that.”
Kayla Russell connected on five 3-pointers and scored 17 points while Marlee Hatcher added 10 for Pontotoc.
(G) Itawamba AHS 65, Tishomingo County 55: Quay Dunn (16 points), Janisha Adams (15) and Kim Mallory (14) led the Lady Indians into the title game against Pontotoc.
The winner earns a top seed in next week’s North state tournament while the loser goes in as a No. 2 seed.
“We’ve competed with (Pontotoc) this season,” IAHS coach Amanda Morrow said. “They’ve had a great year.”
IAHS (20-7) has lost twice to Pontotoc this season, the last time a 64-58 decision Jan. 31 at Fulton.
Emilee Henderson led Tishomingo County with 18 points.
The Lady Braves will play Corinth in Friday’s consolation game. Both teams advance to the North state tournament as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.
(B) Shannon 79, Pontotoc 48: Five players scored in double figures to lead the Red Raiders into Friday’s championship game against Corinth.
Shannon (25-2) was led in scoring by Jermaine Gilliam with 19 points.
(B) Corinth 67, Amory 61: Deon Weeks scored 17 and Raheem Sorrell 15 to lead Corinth.
Anthony Spratt scored 19 for Amory.
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