Lady Bobcats win by one; JCJC men fall in OT to No. 16 Lions

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-11-29 22:18:47

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

SCOOBA – Two close games were played here Monday night at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats survived a late surge to beat the East Mississippi Community College Lady Lions, 72-71. JCJC improved to 5-2 with the victory.

In the men’s game, the Bobcats overcame a 15-point second half deficit, forced an overtime, but came up short in the extra session 92-86 to the 16th-ranked Lions.

JCJC returns home on Thursday to begin South Division play against Hinds Community College. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m. and the men’s game follows at 8 p.m.

The games will be televised on with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime will be 5:55 p.m.

EMCC begins North Division play at home on Thursday against Holmes Community College.

Lady Bobcats 72, Lady Lions 71

East Mississippi’s RoTasha Windom was fouled with 1.5 seconds remaining and her team trailing, 72-70. After a JCJC timeout, Windom stepped to the line and made the first attempt.

However, her second shot was short and JCJC’s Tanecka Carey pulled down the rebound to secure the victory.

Jones trailed early at 8-4, but went on an 8-0 run to take a 12-8 lead with 12:11 showing when Alondra Rivers scored off a long assist from Carey. EMCC came back and took its final lead of the night when Chadity Hickman scored on a 12-footer with 6:56 left to make it 20-19.

JCJC would then go on a 20-6 run and take a 39-26 lead with 1:20 left when Elyssa McKenzie scored off an offensive rebound. But the Lady Lions ended the half on a 6-0 run and cut the lead to 39-32 at halftime.

The Lady Bobcats would then come out and extend the lead again. They would take a 57-44 advantage with 10:30 remaining when Kianna Harris hit an 18-footer from the left wing.

JCJC went up 70-60 with 1:45 to play when Carey hit two foul shots. But the Lady Lions would score eight straight and trim the lead to 70-68 with 16.2 seconds to play when Natalie Tate hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Rivers would then hit a free throw with 14.9 seconds left to put JCJC up by three. But Raven Howard’s layup with 8.5 seconds showing made it 71-70.

Carey was then fouled with 6.9 seconds left. She made the first, but missed the second and EMCC got the rebound.

After a timeout, the Lady Lions had to go the length of the court. They got the ball under the goal to Windom, who was fouled. But she could only convert one free throw and the Lady Bobcats got the win.

Carey, a Southern Miss signee, led a very balanced JCJC attack with 13 points. McKenzie added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Rivers and Lauren Douglas had 9 points each. Douglas scored all of her points on three 3-pointers in the first half.

Hickman had 24 points to lead EMCC, 5-3. Windom had eight points and nine rebounds.

JCJC outrebounded the Lady Lions, 33-31.

Lions 92, Bobcats 86 (OT)

The Lions took a 10-5 lead just over four minutes into the game when Jonathan King hit a 3-pointer from the left wing. The Bobcats tied it at 10-10 when Brandon Givens converted a 3-point play with 15:08 showing.

EMCC then went up 16-10 with 11:32 left when D.J. Evans scored. The Bobcats cut the lead to 25-23 with 6:00 showing when Kenyada Wallace hit an 18-footer.

The Lions took their longest lead of the first half at 32-24 with 4:46 to play when Deonte Alexander hit two free throws.

But the Bobcats went on a 12-2 run and took a 36-34 lead with 29 seconds left when Kadeem Fleming scored off an assist by Derrious Gilmore. However, Deon Bedford’s long 3-pointer with 2 seconds showing gave the Lions a 37-36 halftime lead.

EMCC went up 55-40 with 13:10 left when Evans hit a 3-pointer.

But JCJC fought back and took a 78-76 lead with 53 seconds to play when Gilmore scored on a drive. An Albert Peterson free throw put JCJC up 79-76 with 28.5 seconds to play.

However, the Lions tied it when Evans converted a 3-point play with 18.7 seconds showing.

EMCC outscored the Bobcats 13-7 in overtime to post the win.

Kelvin Nixon led JCJC, 3-4, with 18 points. Gilmore added 15 and Kadeem Fleming had 14. Peterson had eight points and nine rebounds.

King led six Lions in double figures with 18 points. Joe McCoy had 15, Alexander had 14 and Evans followed with 13. Deon Bedford and Donovan Walker had 11 each.

King also had 15 rebounds for the Lions, who outrebounded JCJC, 50-44.

EMCC improves to 7-1.






Jones County 72, East Mississippi 71

JONES COUNTY (5-2) – Tanecka Carey 13, Elyssa McKenzie 11, Lauren Douglas 9, Alondra Rivers 9, Alecia Autman 8, Kianna Harris 8, Mechel’Le Thomas 7, Kierro Frost 5, Tierro Frost 2.

EAST MISSISSIPPI  (5-3) – Chadisty Hickman 24, Raven Howard 9, Natalie Tate 7, RoTasha Windom 8, Nashedra Berry 6, Shateria Tate 4, Kala Williams 5, Kierra Jones 5, Jamie Gunter 0, Shaika Turner 3.

Halftime: 39-32, JCJC.


East Mississippi 92, Jones County 82 (OT)

JONES COUNTY (3-4) – Kelvin Nixon 18, Derrious Gilmore 15, Kadeem Fleming 14, Brandon Givens 9, Rico Rankins 9, Albert Peterson 8, Andrew Marshall 7, Torrey Brown 3, Kenyada Wallace 2, Demetrious Lee 1.

EAST MISSISSIPPI (7-1) – Jonathan King 18, Joe McCoy 15, Deonte Alexander 14, D.J. Evans 13, Deon Bedford 11, Donovan Walker 11, Curtis Hall 4, Sidy Sall 4, Millaun Brown 2, Dardrailous Kemp 0.

Halftime: 37-37, EMCC. Regulation: 79-79.


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