Bobcat cagers take pair from Southwest

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 23:23:53

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – It was a successful night for the Jones County Junior College basketball teams here Thursday at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The Lady Bobcats placed five players in double figures and whipped the Southwest Mississippi Community College Lady Bears, 87-66.

In the men’s game, JCJC led by only three midway through the second half, but pulled away for a 91-72 victory.

JCJC will hit the road for more South Division action on Monday when they visit Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. The games can be heard on with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 5:55 p.m. and the women’s game tips off at 6 p.m.

Southwest hosts Hinds on Monday.

Lady Bobcats 87, Lady Bears 66

Alecia Autman came off the bench and paced the balanced JCJC attack with 14 points, on a 7-of-10 shooting night from the floor. Mechel’Le Thomas, another sub, scored 13, as did Kianna Harris. Alondra Rivers added 12 and Tierro Frost also came off the bench to score 10. Lauren Douglas had 8 points and led the team in rebounds with 8 and assists with 5.

The Lady Bobcats outrebounded Southwest, 45-34.

The victory sets up a showdown for first place in the division on Monday at 8th-ranked Co-Lin.

The Lady Bobcats are 12-3 overall, 5-0 in league play. Co-Lin hammered East Central, 84-59, on Thursday to improve to 12-1 overall, 4-0 in the division.

The Lady Bobcats and Southwest swapped the lead eight times in the first six-plus minutes. JCJC took the lead for good with 13:14 left in the half when Thomas hit a 3-pointer to make it 16-14.

Leading 24-18, the Lady Bobcats went on an 8-0 run, capped by a pair of Douglas free throws, to make it 32-18 with 7:29 showing. That was JCJC’s largest lead of the first half.

Southwest fought back and pulled within 39-31 with 1:29 left on a Kierra Addison basket. JCJC would lead 43-32 at halftime.

The Lady Bobcats extended the lead to 55-37 with 13:46 to play when Tanecka Carey scored. The Lady Bears closed the gap to 60-48 with 10:04 remaining when Aunjanique Miller hit a 3-pointer, but that would be as close as they would get.

JCJC’s biggest lead of the game would be 25 points on two occasions – the final one being 85-60 with 2:53 left when Kierro Frost made a free throw.

The Lady Bears were led by Addison’s 19 points. Brittany Patterson added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Southwest, coached by former JCJC men’s assistant coach Casey Carter, falls to 6-6 overall and 1-4 in division play.

Bobcats 91, Bears 72

JCJC took the lead for good with 18:04 left in the first half when Derrious Gilmore hit two free throws to make it 5-4.

Leading 13-8 almost six minutes into the game, the Bobcats went on a 17-5 run to take control. Albert Peterson’s basket off an offensive rebound gave JCJC a 30-13 lead with 9:04 showing.

But the Bears had an 18-10 spurt of their own and pulled to within 40-31 with 1:09 showing when Parker Moore hit a layup. But Kadeem Fleming nailed a pair of 3-pointers for JCJC and the Bobcats took a 46-33 halftime lead.

Southwest came out in the second half and made things interesting.

After Kelvin Nixon’s putback gave Jones a 60-51 lead with 14:09 left, the Bears scored six straight points. Cory Lacy’s steal and layup cut the margin to 60-57 with 11:19 left. He was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw.

The Bobcats would then regain the momentum and use a 14-0 run to take control of the game one more time. Another Fleming 3-pointer put JCJC up 74-57 with 7:47 remaining.

JCJC’s longest lead of the game would be when Rico Rankins hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key extended to make it 89-67 with 1:32 left.

Brandon Givens led the Bobcats, 7-8 overall and 3-2 in the division, with 22 points. He also had 8 rebounds. Fleming had 15 points, including four 3-pointers. Gilmore, Peterson and Nixon added 11 points each. Peterson had a game-high 10 rebounds, while Gilmore led the team with 5 assists.

Lacy had 22 points to pace Southwest, 1-11 overall and 0-5 in league play. PJ McCray added 20 and Phillip Morris had 11.





Jones County 87, Southwest 66

SOUTHWEST (6-6 overall, 1-4 South Division ) – Kierra Addison 19, Brittany Patterson 14, Shanekqua Bibbs 9, Jasmine Harbor 9, Valerie Eubanks 5, Candice Wiltz 4, Aunjanique Miller 3, Julencia Brown 2, Megan Calcote 1, Monica Huggins 0.

JONES COUNTY (12-3 overall, 5-0 South Division) –  Alecia Autman 14, Mechel’Le Thomas 13, Kianna Harris 13, Alondra Rivers 12, Tierro Frost 10, Lauren Douglas 8, Tanecka Carey 7, Kierro Frost 7, Elyssa McKenzie 3, Kaci McCurdy 0.

Halftime: 43-32, JCJC.



Jones County 91, Southwest 72

SOUTHWEST (1-11 overall, 0-5 South Division) – Cory Lacy 22, PJ McCray 20, Phillip Morris 11, Micheal Hall 8, George Thomas 4, Jacob Morgan 3, Parker Moore 2, Blake Rhodus 2, Darien Stewart 0.

JONES COUNTY (7-8 overall, 3-2 South Division) – Brandon Givens 22, Kadeem Fleming 15, Albert Peterson 11, Derrious Gilmore 11, Kelvin Nixon 11, Rico Rankins 9, Glen Collins 6, Kenyada Wallace 4, Torrey Brown 2, Andrew Marshall 0.

Halftime: 46-33, Jones County.


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