FULTON – The Itawamba Community College women’s basketball team clinched the MACJC North Division title Monday night by defeating Mississippi Delta 83-44.
In the process, the team earned the right to host the MACJC state tournament next week.
The North Division champion Lady Indians (18-5, 10-2) will advance to the MACJC tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Men’s teams will open play on Monday and the women on Tuesday.
ICC came out with the hot hand, jumping out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. By halftime, the Lady Indians had extended their lead to 37-23 as Alontra Tucker (Lamar), Jabria Pounds (Nettleton) and Erika Toney (Horn Lake) scored nine points each in the first half.
Pounds paced the Lady Indians with 16 points, followed by Marlee Hatcher (Pontotoc) who chipped in 14 points and Tucker who finished with 13.
Toney and Ieysha Mays (Mound Bayou) rounded out the Lady Indians’ scoring with 11 points each.
(M) Itawamba 70, Mississippi Delta 67: The Indians (13-10, 6-6)closed their season with a victory.
Barry Hill and Quentin Taylor led the Indians with 12 points each.
(W) Northeast 59, Coahoma 49: Shelby Wilbanks scored 17 points to lead the Lady Tigers (11-1, 5-6).
(M) Coahoma 76, Northeast 72: Leroy Buchanan scored 16 in the loss for the Tigers (15-7, 7-4).