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NWCC Lady Rangers struggle in second in loss to Itawamba

Northwest Mississippi Community College guard Lanita Futrell of Coldwater goes over a player from Itawamba to score two of her 10 points in the Lady Rangers’ 70-54 loss Dec. 7 in Fulton.

De’Kisha Fondon of Water Valley made a couple of three-pointers to get the Northwest Mississippi Community College Lady Rangers off to a good start against the Itawamba Lady Indians.

However, a poor overall shooting performance in the second half proved to be too much for the Lady Rangers to overcome in their 70-54 loss Dec. 7 in Fulton.

Northwest, 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the MACJC north division, made just six of 34 attempts from the field in the second half for 17.6 percent. The Lady Rangers also committed 25 turnovers to help Itawamba, which improved to 6-4 and 2-0.

Things went well for Northwest at first as the Ladys jumped to a 21-9 lead after the first 11 minutes thanks to Fondon. Itawamba recovered from its slow start and went on a 25-11 run to trim the Lady Rangers’ lead to 35-34 at halftime.

The Lady Indians kept the momentum at the opening of the second period and claimed a 62-47 advantage with 7:08 left. Northwest guard Lanita Futrell of Coldwater drained a three-pointer with 5:45 left to trim the margin to 12, but that’s as close as the Lady Rangers could get.

Fondon led Northwest with 14 points, while Futrell added 10. DeQuashia Simpson of Milan, Tenn., led the Lady Rangers with 10 rebounds, while Hope Adams of Oxford grabbed eight.

Northwest will return to the court Thursday, Jan. 7 by traveling to Little Rock, Ark., to battle Arkansas Baptist College.

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