Carey scores 53 to lead Lady Bobcats to upset of No. 8 Co-Lin

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-18 00:33:08

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Tanecka Carey made her final game in A.B. Howard Gymnasium one that fans will remember for a long time.

Carey scored 53 points to lead the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats to a 90-80 upset of No. 8 ranked Co-Lin Community College on “Sophomore Night” and “Pink Zone Night” on Thursday.

Carey, a Southern Miss signee, was 17-of-24 from the floor, including 8-of-10 from 3-point range. She made 11-of-12 foul shots. She also pulled down eight rebounds and dished out five assists. Carey scored 30 points in the first half.

In the men’s game, the Bobcats placed seven players in double figures – led by Derrious Gilmore’s 19 points – as they rolled to a 107-74 victory over the Wolves.

Both Bobcat teams will head to Co-Lin next week for the MACJC State Tournament. The tournament is held this year at the site of the South Division women’s champion.

Co-Lin officials will announce potential matchups and game times on Friday afternoon.

The Lady Bobcats are now 17-6 overall and end division play at 10-2. The Lady Wolves are 19-2 overall and 11-1 in the league.

The Lady Bobcats finished second in the division behind Co-Lin and will play Monday vs. the No. 3 team from the North, which is still to be determined.

The Bobcat men are now 13-10 overall and finished division play at 8-4. Co-Lin concludes the season at 9-12 and failed to make the tournament with a 5-7 league record.

The JCJC men’s team finished third in the division and will face the No. 2 team from the North on Tuesday. That team is still to be determined. The tournament semifinals will be held Wednesday and the championship games will be on Thursday.

The Bobcat teams will also be competing in the Region 23 Tournament the following week in the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton. That tournament will be Feb. 28-March 4.

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Lady Bobcats 90, Lady Wolves 80

Carey, a 5-foot-9 sophomore from Jackson Murrah, started off hot and never cooled off, as she scored what is believed to be a school record for points.

Carey hit her first four 3-point attempts and scored 14 of JCJC’s first 15 points. Her layup gave the Lady Bobcats a 15-10 lead with 14:43 left in the first half.

Co-Lin came back and took a 20-17 lead when Kristin Newsome scored with 11:31 left. JCJC responded and went ahead 27-22 with 9:26 left when Carey hit a 3-pointer.

The Lady Wolves then scored 11 straight points and took their longest lead of the game at 33-27 with 7:11 left when Newsome scored on a putback. JCJC then rallied and took the lead for good at 37-36 on an Alondra Rivers’ 3-pointer with 3:50 left. Carey’s two free throws capped a 13-3 run and put JCJC up 40-36 with 3:00 showing.

The Lady Bobcats would take their longest lead of the half on a Kianna Harris free throw with 20.2 seconds left, which gave them a 51-42 lead at the break.

The Lady Wolves came out quickly to start the second half and got within 55-54 with 16:31 left when Sedreka Plummer hit two free throws. But that was as close as they would get.

Leading 59-56, JCJC went on a 15-3 run and matched their longest lead of the evening when Carey scored to make it 74-59 with 9:11 remaining. But Co-Lin scored nine straight points and pulled to within 74-68 with 6:39 left when Paige Webster hit a layup. That was the closest the Lady Wolves would get down the stretch.

A Rivers’ 3-pointer with 5:21 left made it 80-68. Carey would then leave the game at the 4:21 mark when she had leg cramps. She ended up missing around 2 ½ minutes of playing time.

Webster’s rebound putback with 2:01 remaining made it 85-78, but that was the final threat for the Lady Wolves.

JCJC’s victory avenged a 77-56 loss at Wesson on Jan. 24.

Carey entered the game as the leading scorer in the state and the third-leading scorer in the nation. She is now averaging 24.0 points per game.

Rivers added 14 points and four assists for JCJC. Alecia Autman also had eight rebounds.

Keosha Bradley paced Co-Lin with 22 points. Kiara Etienne added 17 and Plummer had 15.

The Lady Bobcats recognized their three sophomore players after the game – Carey, Harris and Mechel’Le Thomas, along with sophomore statistician Lyndie Lyon.

The Lady Bobcats played the game in pink jerseys to raise awareness of breast cancer. Pink t-shirts, pink cotton candy, pink cakes and pink cookies were sold to raise money to donate to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s charity of choice, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

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Bobcats 107, Wolves 74

The Bobcats scored the game’s first nine points, led 15-1 just over four minutes into the contest and were never headed.

They took an 18-3 lead with 15:33 showing in the first half when Brandon Givens, the current NJCAA Player of the Week, converted a 3-point play. An Albert Peterson 18-footer gave the Bobcats a 28-11 lead at the 10:10 mark.

The Wolves closed the gap to 31-23 with 7:26 left when Marcus Hooten scored, but that would be the final time they closed the gap to single digits. The Bobcats went on a 15-4 run and went ahead 46-27 with 3:04 showing when Glen Collins converted a 3-point play.

A Rico Rankins basket with 29 seconds left gave JCJC its biggest lead of the half at 53-33. The Bobcats were up 53-35 at halftime.

The onslaught continued in the second half. Torrey Brown’s 3-pointer gave Jones a 66-43 lead at the 14:56 mark. Andrew Marshall’s free throw made it 80-51 with 9:20 left.

The Bobcats’ biggest lead came at the 4:52 mark when Kadeem Fleming scored to make it 97-59.

Gilmore paced the Bobcats with 19 points, while Givens had 18. Kelvin Nixon added 11, while Marshall, Kenyada Wallace, Rankins and Collins added 10 each. Givens ended the game with seven rebounds and six assists. Marshall added six boards and four assists, while Gilmore and Collins each had five assists.

The Bobcats were 39-of-71 from the floor – including a 14-of-32 night from 3-point range – for 54.9 percent.

Hooten led the Wolves with 23 points. Ernest Wafer added 19 and Chris Miller had 11.

The Bobcats recognized eight sophomores on the night – Collins, Brown, Fleming, Gilmore, Givens, Marshall, Peterson and Rankins.




Jones County 90, Co-Lin 80

CO-LIN (19-2 overall, 11-1 South Division) – Keosha Bradley 22, Kiara Etienne 17, Sedreka Plummer 15, Paige Webster 9, Kristin Newsome 7, JaQuandra Williams 5, Alexus Stirgus 3, Brandi Simmons 2, Shelby Ann Davis 0, Jasmine Belton 0.

JONES COUNTY (17-6 overall, 10-2 South Division) – Tanecka Carey 53, Alondra Rivers 14, Kianna Harris 6, Alecia Autman 6, Elyssa McKenzie 4, Kierro Frost 3, Tierro Frost 2, Sharnay Mills 2, Mechel’Le Thomas 0.

Halftime: 51-42, Jones County.



Jones County 107, Co-Lin 74

CO-LIN (9-12 overall, 5-7 South Division) – Marcus Hooten 23, Ernest Wafer 19, Chris Miller 11, Antonio Holmes 9, Jake Reed 5, Maurice Williams 4, Kelli Puckett 3.

JONES COUNTY (13-10 overall, 8-4 South Division) – Derrious Gilmore 19, Brandon Givens 18, Kelvin Nixon 11, Andrew Marshall 10, Kenyada Wallace 10, Rico Rankins 10, Glen Collins 10, Kadeem Fleming 8, Albert Peterson 6, Torrey Brown 5.

Halftime: 53-35, Jones County.


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