Carey scores 37 to help Lady Bobcats outlast East Central, 99-96

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-12-07 00:26:11

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

DECATUR – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats won a wild one over East Central Community College here Monday night at the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

Tanecka Carey broke a 96-96 tie with a 15-footer with 9.5 seconds left, Tierro Frost added a free throw with 2.6 seconds remaining and the Lady Bobcats held on to a 99-96 victory over the Lady Warriors.

Carey would finish the game with 37 points.

In the men’s game, the Warriors took the lead for good early in the second half and went on to a 76-64 decision over JCJC.

The Bobcats will not return to the court until after the Christmas holiday break. Jones will visit Itawamba Community College on Jan. 5 and Northeast Mississippi Community College on Jan. 6.

The next Bobcat division games will be on Jan. 10 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The next home JCJC home games in A.B. Howard Gymnasium will be on Jan. 13 against Delgado Community College (La.).

East Central goes to Itawamba on Thursday.

Lady Bobcats 99, Lady Warriors 96

Carey, a Southern Mississippi signee, was 15-of-23 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, to spark JCJC, now 6-2 overall and 2-0 in South Division play. She also had six rebounds.

Kianna Harris came off the bench to score 15 points and enjoyed a 7-of-10 shooting night from the floor. Mechel’Le Thomas had 10 points and six rebounds. Lauren Douglas had seven points and led the team in rebounding with eight boards.

Ja’Monica Orton and Deidra Hawkins proved to be a solid, one-two punch for ECCC. Orton had 35 points, while Hawkins finished with 25. The Lady Warriors fall to 3-7 overall, 0-2 in division play.

East Central came out sharp and took a 24-11 lead with 10:34 left in the first half when Orton scored. But JCJC went on a 10-0 run and made it 24-21 with 8:35 left when Tierro Frost scored.

The Lady Bobcats would finally take the lead when Carey hit a 25-footer from the left wing to make it 31-29 with 6:03 left. JCJC would continue the momentum and go up 48-41 with 23 seconds to play when Alondra Rivers scored. But Kurleysha Bell converted a 3-point play with 7.6 seconds left to make it 48-44 at halftime.

ECCC got within 66-64 with 12:19 left in the game when Shana Ward made a layup. But JCJC used a 19-7 run and took its longest lead of the game at 85-71 with 7:50 to play when Thomas hit a 3-pointer from the left corner.

However, ECCC then went on a 13-0 spurt and got within 85-84 with 5:18 left when Hawkins scored off an offensive rebound.

The game would be tied at 92-92, 94-94 and 96-96 before JCJC score the game’s final three points.

After Carey’s jump shot put the Lady Bobcats ahead, ECCC had a chance to tie. But Hawkins missed on a drive to the goal and Tierro Frost grabbed the rebound and was quickly fouled. She missed the first, but made the second to make it 99-96.

After a timeout with 2.6 seconds left, the Lady Warriors had to go the length of the court. They got the ball to Orton, but she misfired on a running effort from midcourt and the Lady Bobcats secured the victory.

Warriors 76, Bobcats 64

JCJC held the upper hand early in the contest.

A Kelvin Nixon basket gave the Bobcats an 18-11 lead with 10:10 left in the first half. ECCC cut the lead to 21-20 when Kenneth Barlow scored at the 7:41 mark, but JCJC responded with seven straight points and went up 28-20 with 5:48 showing when Brandon Givens hit a 15-footer.

JCJC’s Albert Peterson made two free throws with 2:02 left to put Jones up 32-28, but the Warriors would tie the game 32-32 at halftime.

The Bobcats took a 37-35 lead with 17:23 left in the game when Givens connected on an 18-footer, but that would be their final lead of the evening. Chris McClendon’s putback with 16:03 left gave ECCC the lead for good at 39-37.

The Warriors went up 51-44 with 11:12 remaining when Curtis Loving made a layup. A Glen Collins steal and layup made it 51-46 with 10:50 left, but that was as close as JCJC would get.

ECCC went on a 12-4 run, taking a 63-50 lead with 7:34 left when Keondre’ Hodges scored. The Bobcats got as close as 64-58 with 5:48 to play when Kadeem Fleming made two free throws.

The Warriors would then expand the lead to 72-59 with 1:58 to play when Hodges scored.

Derrious Gilmore led JCJC, 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the division, with 19 points. Givens added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Barlow paced five Warriors in double figures with 16 points. Hodges added 12 points, while McClendon added 11. Kegan Houston and Southern Miss signee Anthony Nieves had 10 points each. Loving had 12 rebounds to go with six points, while Nieves added 11 rebounds.

East Central, 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the division, outrebounded JCJC, 49-35.




Jones County 99, East Central 96

JONES COUNTY (7-2, 2-0) – Tanecka Carey 37, Kianna Harris 15, Mechel’Le Thomas 10, Alondra Rivers 9, Tierro Frost 8, Lauren Douglas 7, Elyssa McKenzie 7, Kierro Frost 4, Alecia Autman 2.

EAST CENTRAL (3-7, 0-2) – Ja’Monica Orton 35, Deidra Hawkins 25, Quentinette Odom 9, Shana Ward 7, Kurleysha Bell 6, Shanequa Bufkin 4, Inessa Adams 4, Xenobia Lavender 2, JK McWilliams 2, Annie Brewer 2.

Halftime: 48-44, Jones County.



East Central 76, Jones County 64

JONES COUNTY (4-5, 1-1) – Derrious Gilmore 19, Brandon Givens 11, Kadeem Fleming 9, Albert Peterson 8, Kelvin Nixon 5, Glen Collins 5, Torrey Brown 4, Demetrious Lee 3, Andrew Marshall 0, Rico Rankins 0.

EAST CENTRAL (6-4, 1-1) – Kenneth Barlow 16, Keondre’ Hodges 12, Chris McClendon 11, Kegan Houston 10, Anthony Nieves 10, Jimmie Broomfield 9, Curtis Loving 6, Thomas Straughter 2.

Halftime: 32-32.


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