Hernando native Aaliyaha Thornton is among a trio of Itawamba Community College women’s basketball sophomores who will continue playing at a four-year level of play. 

Thornton will play at Belhaven University as a junior next season, after signing a letter of intent, according to Itawamba women’s basketball coach Nanci Gray.

The five-foot-three-inch starting point guard averaged 6.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and a team-high 3.4 assists in her final season with the Lady Indians.

As a freshman, she averaged 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in a back-up role.

Thornton now goes to a Belhaven program that is an NCAA Division III program and a member of the American Southwest Conference.

Teammates Asia Partlow and Marlee Hatcher have also signed letters of intent. Patrols will play at Dillard University of New Orleans, La. and Hatcher becomes part of the Ole Miss program in Oxford.

The trio helped lead the Lady Indians to its second-straight NJCAA Region 23 Championship and its third NJCAA Division I Women’s National Tournament in four years as freshmen. They also won back-to-back MACJC North Division titles.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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