There is hopefully a good week of basketball ahead for the Indianola Academy Lady Colonels.
That optimism is fueled by the upcoming string of three consecutive home basketball dates which begins tonight.
Returning to their home court after claiming one win in their three games played last week, these upcoming nights of action also include a pair of District 2-3A contests for the now 6-9, 0-2 IA girls.
With all three games scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m., tonight’s contest brings 5A member Bayou Academy of Cleveland to the IA gym for a non-district clash.
Exactly 24 hours later, the Lady Colonels will step onto their court again to take on district foe Central Holmes Christian School of Lexington.
This current run of home dates will then conclude next Tuesday when Winona Christian School comes to town for another district match-up.
It was the Winona Christian School team which served as IA’s most recent opponent and Tuesday night’s road trip yielded a 42-37 loss for the Lady Colonels.
In other action played last weekend in the Kirk Academy Tournament in Grenada, the Lady Colonels closed out their participation in the tournament last Saturday with a 33-29 overtime victory over Washington School of Greenville.
One day prior, the IA squad opened the tournament action with a 41-28 loss to Magnolia Heights School of Senatobia.
Against Winona Christian School, the Lady Colonels initially earned a 20-19 halftime lead over the Lady Stars.
However, the second half ended with IA being outscored 23-17; which resulted in the Lady Colonels suffering their six point loss.
Mattie Beth Williamson led IA’s offensive efforts with her strong 15 point game.
In their victory over Washington School, a nip and tuck game could not be settled in regulation time as both the Lady Colonels and the Lady Generals posted 28 points apiece on the scoreboard.
Responding to the challenge, it was the IA squad which took control of the overtime period by outscoring the Greenville squad 5-1 to claim the game.
Leading the scoring for IA in this day’s play was Mallory Price as the senior dropped eight points through the basket.
Following close behind was Lizzy Smith, who completed the game with another seven points scored.
In last Friday’s loss to the No. 5 ranked Magnolia Heights School squad, Williamson paced the IA team’s scoring with her 13 point outing.