JCJC's Carey signs with Southern Miss

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2010-11-10 14:58:29

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – A Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcat basketball star will soon be reunited with her former assistant coach.

JCJC standout Tanecka Carey signed a scholarship with the University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday morning in the Media Room of the C.L. Neill Student Center.

She was recruited to Southern Miss by former Lady Bobcat assistant coach Cara Hyatt, who joined the staff of Lady Eagle head coach Joye Lee-McNelis this past July.

“Coach Hyatt does a great job and Tanecka will do great over there,” said JCJC Lady Bobcat head coach Sandra Sumrall. “Tanecka is a great kid. A lot of times, you get athletes who are temperamental, but she is all about doing what she is supposed to do.”

Carey, a 5-foot-9 guard from Jackson Murrah, is excited about playing for the Lady Eagles.

“I have been waiting on this day since high school,” she said. “I am ready to go over and do some of the things that I’ve done here. I want to finish school and, hopefully, go further with my basketball career.”

Carey has been a standout for Jones. She was a first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23 performer as a freshman.

Last year, she averaged 21.3 points per game, which led the MACJC. She also averaged 4.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in leading the Lady Bobcats to a 22-6 record and their second consecutive state championship.

She said capturing another state crown is a major goal of this year’s team.

“We want to win another championship,” said Carey, who scored 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a season-opening, 85-73 victory over East Mississippi Community College on Nov. 1. “We have been working very hard in practice. We are 2-1 right now and we plan on not losing any more games. Coach has been pushing us and helping us move past that loss.”

Carey, who made 64-of-195 3-point attempts last year, successfully made the adjustment to the junior college level from high school, both on and off the court.

“You have to do your work in class,” she said. “Basketball is a stronger and quicker game at this level. You just have to keep working hard.”

Sumrall said having someone of Carey’s caliber on the court is a blessing.

“Tanecka is the kind of player every coach dreams about,” she said. “She can bring everybody else on the team up to another level. She is all over the court with her leadership, defense and offense. She directs the team and does a great job.”

The Lady Bobcats will be at home twice next week – Monday against Northeast Mississippi Community College and on Nov. 18 vs. Itawamba Community College. Both games tip off at 5 p.m. and will air on www.jcjc.tv.


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