FULTON – The flu seems to touch every facet of society this time of year, even college basketball.
ICC head coach Nanci Gray was out sick last Thursday when the Lady Indians took on division foe MS Delta at home, so assistant coach Robin Porter stepped in and led the team to something that they are accustomed to, a win.
Ashley Wiley led the Lady Indians with one of the team’s two double-doubles, 13 points and 10 rebounds, in a contest that saw seven lead changes in the first ten minutes.
The game turned late in the first half when ICC finally got into rhythm and embarked on a 18-3 run that opened the flood gates and eventually resulted in a 71-33 rout.
“We started off slow and came out a little sluggish, but that is what you expect coming off of a big win on Tuesday,” Porter said, referring to ICC’s 65-45 victory at East Mississippi. “But we recovered and came together as a team. We packed the paint and played inside-out.”
ICC (11-6, 5-1) struggled to score to open the game and trailed for the majority of the first seven minutes of play before Wiley knocked down a couple of shots from the charity stripe to give the Lady Indians a 11-10 advantage.
The lead then changed on every possession until two more Wiley free throws kicked off a big run that saw Wiley and Latoya Collins, 12 points and
10 rebounds, shoot consistently from the floor while dominating the boards.
An Ayanna Lynn basket at the buzzer gave that Lady Indians a 33-19 halftime advantage.
“What we want to do (on defense) is contain,” Porter said. “Keep the person in front of you and rebound. Rebounds win ball games, and I think we were big time on the boards, especially with our guard play.”
ICC began the second half by dominating the same way they did the first, with great rebounding and a varied offensive attack.
Wiley continued to be effective from all over the floor as Lynn began to heat up.
The game truly got out of hand when another big ICC run extended its lead to more than 20, allowing the Lady Indians to cruise to the eventual 38-point victory.
“We tried as a team not to underestimate them,” Wiley said. “We tried to make sure that we played solid defense… and use this game to work on our zone defense a little more.”
Lynn rounded out the trio of ICC double digit scorers with 11 points. Delta’s Krystal Nailer scored 10 and was the only Lady Trojan in double figures.
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