In quarterfinal action on Tuesday at the MACJC State Tournament, Ty'Nita Baker of Houston was the star of the group, smoothly draining six 3-pointers to help the Lady Indians to a 73-55 victory over East Central.
"Give Ty'Nita Baker credit for coming off the bench," ICC coach Nanci Gray said. "She did a great job."
The Lady Indians (22-2) still have work to do after advancing to today's semifinal. ICC will play Pearl River at 6 p.m.
The athletic East Central women were staying with ICC early, but by the time Baker had hit her fourth 3-pointer of the half, the Lady Indians led 24-18.
Itawamba pushed that margin as big as 36-23 on a LaPrecious Naylon steal and basket, and maintained the lead at 38-32 at the half.
After Central cut the margin to four to open the second half, Baker stoked another 3-pointer. In the next six minutes, Shay Bonner (Starkville) added two from long-range, and Naylon one, with Baker bagging her last 3-pointer with 12 minutes, 15 seconds to play for a 57-42 lead.
"Our guards have brought it all year," Gray said. "Our defensive effort was great."
Baker led ICC with 20 points; Naylon and Jamekia Hoskins added 16 each.
(W) Co-Lin 76, Northeast 63: Co-Lin led 37-29 at the half, and will face Jones in the other semifinal at 1 p.m. today. Anna Brooke Page of Belmont led the Lady Tigers with 23 points.