Lady Bobcats whip Hinds; JCJC men fall

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-01-28 08:50:04

UTICA  – The Jones County Junior College Bobcat basketball teams opened the second half of the MACJC South Division here Thursday night at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium by splitting a pair of games.

In the women’s game, JCJC outscored Hinds Community College 28-5 over the final 8:54 of the first half and went on to whip the Lady Bulldogs, 85-60.

In the men’s game, Hinds took the lead for good early in the second half and held on for a 78-71 victory.

The Bobcat teams return to A.B. Howard Gymnasium on Monday, starting a three-game homestand. JCJC will host East Central Community College on Monday with the women’s game tipping off at 6 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

JCJC will host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Feb. 3 and Meridian Community College on Feb. 7.

Fans can watch all of those games live on with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime for Monday’s contests will be 5:55 p.m.

Hinds will entertain Co-Lin Community College at 1 p.m. on Saturday in a game that was postponed earlier this season because of inclement weather.

Lady Bobcats 85, Lady Bulldogs 60

The game was close through the first part of the first half, but a strange play seemed to spark the Lady Bobcats.

Trailing 20-15, Hinds’s Kenya Wright drove to the basket and was fouled. The ball did not go into the basket, but the officials ruled it did. Wright was awarded a free throw, made it and trimmed the lead to 20-18 with 8:54 showing.

But from that point on, it was all Lady Bobcats.

Alondra Rivers would hit a 3-pointer to start a 17-0 run. Alecia Autman hit two free throws with 5:49 showing to give JCJC a 37-18 lead.

An Aultman layup off a Rivers’ assist gave the Lady Bobcats their longest lead of the half at 46-20 with 2:28 left. JCJC led 48-23 at halftime.

The Lady Bobcats would take a 59-31 lead with 15:12 left when Tanecka Carey scored. Hinds would fight back and close the gap to 62-44 with 10:16 left when Sharalyn McClain scored. But that would be as close as the Lady Bulldogs would get.

JCJC would then outscore Hinds 21-8 over the next seven minutes of play. Autman’s turnaround 8-footer gave the Lady Bobcats an 83-52 lead with 3:11 remaining.

Autman paced JCJC, 13-4 overall and 6-1 in division play, with 19 points. Carey had another ‘double double’ with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Rivers had 15 points and six rebounds. Tierro Frost added 11 points.

Hinds, 5-11 overall and 1-5 in division play, received 13 points from Raven Hubbard. Wright added 12 and Lashondra Dunson added 10.

Bulldogs 78, Bobcats 71

The Bobcats took an 11-5 lead with 16:15 to play when Brandon Givens scored.

But Hinds responded with a 15-0 run and went up 20-11 with 12:54 to play when Erik Burks scored on a layup.

The Bobcats then outscored the Bulldogs 13-2 over the next four-plus minutes. Andrew Marshall scored on a drive in the lane and gave JCJC a 24-22 lead with 8:13 remaining.

Hinds came back and took a 32-27 lead with 6:35 to play on a Derek Burks’ slam. The Bobcats would come back and tie it up at 37-37 with 37 seconds to play when Albert Peterson scored on a 10-footer in the lane.

Derek Burks hit a layup with seven seconds to play in the half to put the Bulldogs up, 39-37. JCJC’s Kelvin Nixon was fouled with no time left in the half and made one free throw to trim the lead to 39-38 at halftime.

The Bobcats took their last lead of the game when Nixon scored on a drive in the lane to start the second half and make it 40-39 with 19:00 left.

The Bulldogs would then use a 13-2 spurt and went up 52-43 with 12:39 left when Derek Burks hit a 3-pointer from the right wing. JCJC would get within one point on three occasions – the final one being at 62-61 with 5:12 left when Marshall made a free throw – but they could never tie or regain the lead.

A Givens’ 3-pointer cut the Hinds’ lead to 68-66 with 1:14 left, but the Bulldogs would then score six straight points and put the game away. Ruscell Williams hit a pair of free throws with 39.5 seconds left to give Hinds a comfortable, 74-66 lead.

Kadeem Fleming led the Bobcats, 8-9 overall and 4-3 in the division, with 21 points. He had 17 in the first half, including five 3-pointers. Givens had 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Derek Burks had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, 5-1 overall and 1-5 in the division. Erik Burks added 16, Trevis Thomas had 15, Williams added 14 and Adam Smith had 10.




Jones County 85, Hinds 60

JONES COUNTY (13-4 overall, 6-1 South Division) – Alecia Autman 19, Tanecka Carey 16, Alondra Rivers 15, Tierro Frost 11, Elyssa McKenzie 7, Lauren Douglas 6, Kierro Frost 4, Mechel’Le Thomas 3, Kianna Harris 2, Sharnay Mills 2, Kacie McCurdy 0.

HINDS (5-11 overall, 1-5 South Division) – Raven Hubbard 13, Kenya Wright 12, Lashondra Dunson 10, Kalandra Willis 9, Crystal Brown 8, Carmen Smith 3, Kenosha Graham 3, Sharalyn McClain 2, Tyeshia Kidd 0, Deondre Simpson 0, Kemeika Bullock 0.

Halftime: 48-23, Jones County.



Hinds 78, Jones County 71

JONES COUNTY (8-9 overall, 4-3 South Division) – Kadeem Fleming 21, Brandon Givens 19, Glen Collins 8, Kelvin Nixon 8, Andrew Marshall 4, Albert Peterson 4, Rico Rankins 4, Derrious Gilmore 3, Torrey Brown 0, Kenyada Wallace 0.

HINDS (5-11 overall, 1-5 South Division) – Derek Burks 21, Erik Burks 16, Trevis Thomas 15, Ruscell Williams 14, Adam Smith 10, Malculm Harper 2, Cornelius Harris 0, Howard Greer 0, Obarcus Taylor 0, Tim Lindsey 0.

Halftime: 39-38, Hinds.



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