Special to the Journal
The Itawamba Community College Indians have played good basketball some of the time this season, and not so good other times.
That has left head coach Grant Pate wanting the Indians to be much more consistent as ICC prepares to begin its 2014 North Division schedule today at Northwest.
“We’ve had some games where we’ve played like we’re capable,” Pate said. “But we haven’t played consistent enough even though we’ve had good wins over good teams.”
Itawamba began its post-Christmas schedule with a 90-89 victory last Monday over then No. 19 Jones County, but fell on Thursday 84-77 to Copiah-Lincoln. That has ICC sporting a 7-5 overall record.
But the record that counts is against North opponents, where the Indians are 2-0 with early wins against Northeast and Coahoma.
“We need to understand it takes hard work every night,” Pate said.
Sophomore Alex Anderson leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game, with freshman Tyrone Wooten at 14.0, and sophomore Johnathan McGee at 13.5. Shannon freshman Lakee Westbrook adds 9.2 ppg, with Starkville sophomore Tory Rice leading the team in rebounds at 7.1 per game.
The defending Region 23 champion Lady Indians also need a healthy dose of consistency with a 6-6 overall mark.
“We have to do some soul searching if we want to do well in division play,” Lady Indians head coach Nanci Gray said. “We need to play together, and play aggressive defense, and we’re not doing that.”
But the Lady Indians already boast a 2-0 North record heading into their contest today at Northwest, which tips at 5 p.m.
Ripley freshman Jayla Chills paces the Itawamba offense at 13.3 ppg, with sophomore Latoya Collins Collins at 12.1.
Sophomore Tia Coleman leads the Lady Indians on the boards, grabbing 8.8 per game.
Both Itawamba squads host Holmes on Thursday in their 2014 home division opener. Games of note in the schedule include hosting rival Northeast Jan. 30, with the regular season concluding Feb. 23 at Mississippi Delta.