Basketball Bobcats split season openers

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-11-01 22:54:20

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats were a bit slow getting started in the their season opener here Monday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

But once they got rolling, they could not be stopped.

Guard Tanecka Carey scored 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead JCJC to an 85-73 victory over the East Mississippi Community College Lady Lions.

In the men’s game, EMCC never trailed in outlasting the Bobcats, 98-92.

The JCJC basketball teams will travel to New Orleans to take on the Delgado Community College (La.) Dolphins on Thursday. The women’s game tips off at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.

The next home game will be on Nov. 15 vs. Northeast Mississippi Community College. The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m. and both contests will be televised on

Lady Bobcats 85, Lady Lions 73

Carey, a Southern Miss commitment, is used to scoring plenty of points.  But she had the best rebounding night of her juco career to spark Jones.

EMCC jumped out to a 15-8 lead with 13:55 left in the first half when Natalie Tate hit a 3-pointer from the left wing. JCJC fought back and took its first lead of the game with 10:59 left in the half when Carey canned a pair of free throws.

The Lady Lions would take their final lead of the night at 26-25 with 8:48 left when Nashedra Barry hit an 18-footer. Carey then hit two foul shots at the 8:40 mark to put JCJC ahead, 27-26.

EMCC’s Kiara Quinones Noa hit a 3-pointer with 5:36 left to tie the game at 32-32, but JCJC went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Mechel’le Thomas 3-pointer from the corner, to take the lead for good at 39-32.

The Lady Bobcats would lead 45-40 at halftime.

JCJC went up 63-52 with 10:47 left when Tierro Frost made two free throws. The Lady Bobcats’ longest lead of the night came when Carey hit a 10-footer in the lane to make it 76-63 with 5:16 to play.

EMCC pulled to within 77-71 with 2:29 remaining when RoTasha Windom made two foul shots, but that would be as close as they would get.

Thomas added 15 points for the Lady Bobcats, while Kierro Frost and Kiana Harris had 8 points each. Tierro Frost had 7 points and 6 rebounds, while Alondra Rivers had 7 points.

Chadisty Hickman led EMCC with 19 points. Noa added 13, while Natalie Tate and Kierra Jones had 11 each.

JCJC outrebounded EMCC, 40-32.

Both teams shot the ball from the free throw line. EMCC was 23-of-25, while JCJC was 18-of-23.

Lions 98, Bobcats 92

EMCC’s Deonte Alexander hit a 3-pointer to start the game and the Lions would never relinquish the lead.

A layup by JCJC’s Derrious Gilmore cut the Lion lead to 13-9 with 11:57 left in the first half. EMCC then went on a 15-3 run, capped by a Jonathan King layup, and went ahead 28-12 with 11:48 left in the first half.

The Bobcats then countered with a 13-2 run and cut the lead to 30-25 with 8:58 showing when Glen Collins hit a 3-pointer.

But EMCC would stretch the lead back to double digits and take a 50-38 lead at halftime.

JCJC would cut the lead to 64-60 with 12:26 left in the game when Kadeem Fleming hit a 3-pointer. But the Lions came back and pushed the margin to 83-71 with 5:44 left when Donovan Walker made a layup.

The Bobcats came back and got to within 94-90 with :30.4 left when Gilmore hit a 25-footer from the top of the key extended. JCJC then got a steal, but missed a layup inside.

The Lions got the rebound and got the ball to Walker, who was fouled hard by Gilmore. Walker was hit with a technical foul with :20.4 left.

Gilmore went to the line and made the two technical shots to make it 94-92. But Walker hit both of his free throw attempts to put the Lions up 96-92. Walker added two more free throws with :05.7 left to close the scoring.

The Lions were whistled for 31 fouls in the game, compared to JCJC’s 29. EMCC was 23-of-34 from the free throw line, while Jones was 22-of-41.

Brandon Givens paced JCJC with 26 points, while Gilmore added 15 and Albert Peterson had 14.

Walker led the Lions with 20, while Alexander had 19, D.J. Evans had 17 and Millaun Brown finished with 12.



Jones County 85, East Mississippi 73

EAST MISSISSIPPI (0-1) – Chadisty Hickman 19, Kiara Noa Quinones 13, Natalie Tate 11, Kierra Jones 11, Shateria Tate 8, RoTasha Windom 5, Kala Williams 4, Nashedra Berry 2, Raven Howard 0.

JONES COUNTY (1-0) – Tanecka Carey 31, Mechel’le Thomas 15, Kierro Frost 8, Kiana Harris 8, Tierro Frost 7, Alondra Rivers 7, Elyssa McKenzie 5, Candice Little 2, Monte Brewer 2, Lauren Douglas 0, Alecia Autman 0.

Halftime: 45-40, JCJC.



East Mississippi 98, Jones County 92

EAST MISSISSIPPI (1-0) – Donovan Walker 20, Deonte Alexander 19, D.J. Evans 17, Millaun Brown 12, Deon Bedford 8, Joe McCoy 8, Jonathan King 9, Sidy Sall 2, Kardrailous Kemp 2, Tradarrius McPhearson 1.

JONES COUNTY (0-1) – Brandon Givens 26, Derrious Gilmore 15, Albert Peterson 14, Kadeem Fleming 8, Tiaj Kelly 7, Torrey Brown 6, Rico Rankins 5, Kelvin Nixon 4, Andrew Marshall 3, Glen Collins 3, Demetrious Lee 1.

Halftime: 50-38, East Mississippi.


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