TREMONT – Some say the best coaches keep their intensity no matter the score. They look for mistakes and correct them, and through those teachable moments the entire team gets better.
Itawamba AHS’ Amanda Morrow watched her team jump out to a 32-2 first quarter lead at Tremont Thursday night, but she never quit coaching. Instead, she patiently looked for teachable moments in a team that looked nearly flawless early against the Eagles.
IAHS hit 75 percent of its shots in the first period, including four 3-pointers, to jump out to a huge lead and, eventually, a 72-23 victory.
The starters only played into the early part of the second, but in that short time junior Kim Mallory totaled a game-high 10 points to lead the Lady Indians to their third-straight win after postponing the season due to football playoffs.
“They were ready to play,” Morrow said of her team after the game. “We have been waiting an extended period of time to play, and when the season got here this week, they have been fired up. We kind of got off to a slow start earlier in the week, but we are slowly getting back into our routine.”
IAHS (3-0) scored on eight-straight possessions without a miss to begin the game as Mallory and Quay Dunn each notched a couple of buckets, while Haley Gates buried two 3-pointers.
The first miss came with 4:57 in the first when Laura Coker banged a 3-pointer off the rim that was immediately put back by Dunn.
The Lady Indians were leading 26-0 when Tremont’s Lezlie Holland got her team on the board with a couple of free throws late in the quarter.
Most of IAHS’ starters came out early in the second, but the depth of their bench was on display as Jamiya Hill, Constance Dunn and others came in and helped propel the Lady Indians to a 50-9 halftime lead.
Led by an 8-point effort by Taylor Ladewig, Tremont had trouble getting shots off all night as the Lady Eagles didn’t have the firepower to keep up with what might be the most talented team they will face all season.
Gotta keep improving
With last season’s close losses to eventual state champion and fellow Division 1-4A power Pontotoc and a playoff loss to Greenwood sure to still be fresh on their minds, the Lady Indians are not content with their current level of play.
“We are never going to be satisfied with where we are because there is always room for improvement,” Morrow said. “We have some things to work on and to get better at. This is a process, and we are taking it one game at a time. We don’t look forward, we just focus on the next task at hand and we are going to do the best we can and see where it leads us down the road.”
Zach Adams can be reached at 862-3141 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.