Lady Bobcats whip MGCCC; Bulldogs nip JCJC, 99-97

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-05 19:00:48

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats looked to their sophomore leader here Saturday afternoon in a big game vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

And Jackson Murrah product Tanecka Carey came through at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

Carey, a 5-foot-9 guard who has already signed with the University of Southern Mississippi, had a ‘triple-double’ to lead JCJC to a 90-77 victory over the Lady Bulldogs. Carey had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to spark the victory.

In the men’s game, JCJC rallied from a 17-point, first half deficit, but the Bulldogs held on for a 99-97 decision.

Saturday’s games had been postponed from Thursday because of inclement weather.

The Bobcats will return home on Monday to face Meridian Community College in a non-division battle. The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 7 p.m.

Both games will be televised live on with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 4:55 p.m.

Mississippi Gulf Coast will host Co-Lin on Monday.

Lady Bobcats 90, Lady Bulldogs 77

The victory keeps JCJC one game behind Co-Lin in the South Division standings. The Lady Wolves whipped Hinds 87-54 on Saturday to improve to 9-0, while JCJC is now 8-1. The women’s division winner will host the MACJC State Tournament Feb. 21-24.

The Lady Bobcats, who have clinched a playoff spot, are now 15-4 overall. Miss. Gulf Coast falls to 14-6 overall, 5-4 in the division.

In addition to Carey’s numbers, JCJC got a standout performance from Jackson Provine sophomore Kianna Harris, who scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Mechel’Le Thomas had 14 points, while Alecia Autman added 10 points and six rebounds.

Deonica McCormick paced MGCCC with 22 points. Brianna Blunt added 18 and Cara Beverin had 10.

The Lady Bobcats were solid from the start and never trailed in posting the victory.

JCJC led 43-34 at halftime, but MGCCC got within 47-40 with 16:44 left when Beverin scored.

But JCJC went on a 10-0 run and took a 57-40 lead with 14:21 left when Carey hit a layup. The Lady Bobcats took their longest lead of the game at 67-44 with 12:15 remaining when Harris scored off an offensive rebound to end a 20-4 run.

The Lady Bulldogs steadily chipped away at the lead and got within 75-64 with 6:06 left when Beverin scored. But JCJC extended the margin to 85-69 with 1:43 left on another Harris bucket.

The closest the Lady Bulldogs got after that point was 88-77 with 31.7 seconds left on a Brianne Collins 3-pointer.

JCJC would never trail in the game. Leading 16-13 almost seven minutes into play, the Lady Bobcats went on a 9-0 run and took a 25-13 lead on a Thomas 3-pointer from the left wing with 10:39 left. MGCCC came back and trimmed the margin to 29-27 with 7:27 left on a 10-footer by McCormick.

However, JCJC would then use a 12-0 spurt and take a 41-27 lead with 3:30 left in the half on two Thomas free throws.

The Lady Bobcats had beaten MGCCC 87-81 at Perkinston on Jan. 10.

Bulldogs 99, Bobcats 97

JCJC trailed for almost the entire game, but had a chance at the end against the first-place team in the division.

The Bulldogs led 90-80 with 1:23 left and still led 96-90 with 23.9 seconds to play when Marlon Williams made a free throw.

But Kadeem Fleming’s 3-pointer made it 96-93 with 13.2 seconds to play. Williams then made one free throw with 11.7 seconds remaining to make it 97-93.

But Fleming answered with another 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds left to make it 97-96.

The Bulldogs got the ball inbounds to guard Raymond Cintron, who was immediately fouled with 4.7 seconds showing. He canned both shots to make it 99-96.

After a timeout, JCJC got the ball inbounds to Fleming, who was fouled at midcourt with 2.1 seconds left. He made the first shot, but deliberately missed the second, hoping the Bobcats could come up with the ball.

However, Cintron grabbed the rebound to secure the win.

The Bulldogs got off to a 7-0 start and took a 24-12 lead at the 10:03 mark of the first half on an Ice Asortse basket inside. JCJC closed to within 24-21 on a Kelvin Nixon driving layup with 7:21 left.

But MGCCC extended the lead out to 45-28 with 2:43 showing when Williams hit a 3-pointer. The Bobcats closed the lead to 49-39 at the halftime buzzer when Brandon Givens slammed home a dunk off an offensive rebound.

JCJC continued the momentum into the second half and took its only lead of the night at 59-57 with 14:35 left when Rico Rankins scored off an assist by Albert Peterson.

But the Bulldogs would take the lead for good at 63-61 with 13:08 left on a Justin Childs’ basket. MGCCC would stretch the margin to 81-72 with 7:15 left on a steal and slam by Williams.

JCJC would come back and get within 82-80 with 4:02 remaining when Givens converted a 3-point play. But the Bulldogs would score eight straight points after that and take a 90-80 lead with 1:23 left on a 10-footer by Guy Payne.

That’s when the Bobcats furiously tried to come back, but came up just short.

Givens paced JCJC, 9-10 overall and 5-4 in division play, with 31 points. Derrious Gilmore and Nixon added 13 points each, while Fleming and Rankins had 12 each. Givens had eight rebounds and Gilmore dished out seven assists.

The Bulldogs, 15-5 overall and 8-1 in the division, placed six players in double figures led by Cintron’s 26 points. Williams added 23, while Payne had 13. Jeffrey Simmons and Childs had 12 each, while Asortse had 11.

JCJC handed the Bulldogs their only division loss with a 98-93 road victory last month.




Jones County 90, Miss. Gulf Coast 77

MISS. GULF COAST (14-6 overall, 5-4 South Division) – Deonica McCormick 22, Brianna Blunt 18, Cara Beverin 10, Nicole Edwards 9, Ricille Harris 6, Brianne Collins 5, Delainna Lyons 3, Tatyana Haywood 2, Roxyali Munoz 2, Katie Shephard 0.

JONES COUNTY (15-4 overall, 8-1 South Division) – Tanecka Carey 31, Kianna Harris 23, Mechel’Le Thomas 14, Alecia Autman 10, Elyssa McKenzie 6, Alondra Rivers 2, Tierro Frost 2, Sharnay Mills 2, Kierro Frost 0.

Halftime: 43-34, Jones County.



Miss. Gulf Coast 99, Jones County 97

MISS. GULF COAST (15-5 overall, 8-1 South Division) – Raymond Cintron 26, Marlon Williams 23, Guy Payne 13, Jeffrey Simmons 12, Justin Childs 12, Ice Asortse 11, Jeremiah Dunnings 2, Francis Obumneme 0, Cameron Bradley 0.

JONES COUNTY (9-10 overall, 5-4 South Division) – Brandon Givens 31, Derrious Gilmore 13, Kelvin Nixon 13, Kadeem Fleming 12, Rico Rankins 12, Albert Peterson 5, Glen Collins 5, Torrey Brown 2, Andrew Marshall 2, Kenyada Wallace 2.

Halftime: 49-39, Miss. Gulf Coast.


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