FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- High school and college basketball is nearing or past the midway point of the season. JuCo ball for Northeast Mississippi, East Mississippi and Itawamba tipped-off Thursday. Nearly three months later than usual.
"It was kind of rough," ICC sophomore TJ Wallace said. "Once you practice for so long, you’re kind of ready to play."
The men’s team returned a good portion of last year’s team, the women’s team on the other hand, had eight freshman to bring up to speed. According to sophomore point guard Shomaria Overton, the delay was a blessing in disguise.
"It actually, you know, it helps us out because we’re growing as a team," Overton said. "We’re getting to know each other due to the fact we’ve got a lot of freshman, so I think its actually a good thing."
One of those freshman is former Pontotoc Warrior Demetria Shephard, who is thankful for the extra prep time, but she’s ready to go.
"It’s been a long time coming," Shephard said. "Everybody is super excited just to be able to be out and do the thing that we love, which is basketball."
In addition to the delayed start, ICC implemented a 10-percent capacity rule at the Davis Center, a bit of a change for Shephard, who is accustomed to the packed gyms of Pontotoc.
"Coming from where I come from, the atmosphere that I come from with the fans being around you, it’s going to be drastic," Shephard said. "But we’re going to play hard knowing that people are going to be at home watching us instead of in the actual stadium."
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