By Zach Adams
FULTON – Itawamba AHS clearly wasn’t comfortable in the confines of ICC’s Davis Event Center in the first half of its first round Division 1-4A tournament matchup, but it really didn’t matter.
The Lady Indians were too much for the Lady Braves of Tishomingo County, rolling to a 79-26 victory.
Kim Mallory led IAHS with 16 points, while Constance Dunn and Tori Mallory followed with 12 and 11 points respectively.
“We started out sluggish and I think that a lot of it had to do with format of the gym,” IAHS coach Devin Hill said. “We haven’t been in an open gym all year … That had an affect as well as the fact that the game was held at four in the afternoon. After we got out of the first quarter, we were fine.”
IAHS (21-7) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held a 12-5 advantage after the first period despite missing several shots around the basket. Tori Mallory scored inside, while Tishomingo’s Tara Hutcheson and Annsley McRae countered for the Lady Braves.
After being held scoreless for more than eight minutes, Kim Mallory began to come alive for the Lady Indians in the second.
The senior dominated the paint and, combined with improved shooting from the perimeter, quickly put the game out of reach. Aniyah Marshall, who finished with 10 points, drained a 3-pointer to end the half with the Lady Indians leading 38-7.
Jamyia Hill opened the second half for IAHS with two consecutive shots from behind the arc as the Lady Indians cruised to the 53-point victory.
McRae led Tishomingo County with 10 points.
Defense is key
The bracket gets much tougher for the Lady Indians tomorrow night when they face Shannon in a 7 p.m. semifinal matchup and possibly Pontotoc down the road. They are 1-3 against the top of 1-4A, but the three losses were all close.
“It is going to start on the defensive end for us,” Hill said. “We have a very strong girls field in our division, but if we play solid defense we are always going to have a shot.”