By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – The Itawamba Community College Lady Indians are trying to play their way into becoming a state championship team.
The Lady Indians get to take their first division step of the calendar year today, hosting the Northwest Lady Rangers in North Division action at 6 p.m. at the Davis Event Center.
“We’ve done a really good job this season,” Lady Indians head coach Nanci Gray said. “We’ve won some games against out-of-state teams, won some road games, and we’ve won two division games.
“I’m generally pleased.”
The Lady Indians (8-5, 2-0) are looking to repeat their state title effort from last season, but are attempting that with a far different roster of players.
Ty-Nita Baker from Houston is leading the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game, with Ayanna Lynn next at 11.4 ppg.
“We’re getting good scoring from Ty-Nita Baker, and good leadership from Ayanna Lynn and Ashley Wiley,” said Gray of three key sophomores. “The rest of the team is trying to grow into their roles.”
With the division schedule upon them, Gray is looking for freshmen LyTia Coleman, Leslie Robinson of Belmont, and Latova Collins to improve their level of contribution. Especially with Lemeisha Gillom of Oxford, Nicole Griffin from Coffeeville, and Presley Pulse from Walnut on the injured list, cutting into the Lady Indians depth.
I just know we have to get more scoring options, and have better rebounding,” Gray said. “You come back after Christmas, you have to make things happen as a team.”
The Indians (8-5, 1-1) under first year head coach Grant Pate also return to action in 2013 today at 8 p.m. versus Northwest.
“Against Northwest, we’ll have to really defend the ball well, and block out because of our size limitations, Pate said.”
Tupelo sophomore Deontaye Ewing leads the Indians at 15.8 ppg, followed by freshman Johnathan McGee at 11.8 ppg. Pate has like the leadership of sophomore guard Quintin Lee, and the impact of Starkville’s Tory Rice in recent games after missing time because of an injury.