Carey continues torrid shooting as JCJC beats Holmes, 89-66
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-21 17:52:15
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
WESSON – Most basketball experts thought there was no way Tanecka Carey could continue her hot shooting.
Those experts would be wrong.
Carey scored 36 points, including 25 in the first 16:16 of the game, to lead Jones County Junior College to an 89-66 thrashing of Holmes Community College here Monday afternoon at Mullen Gymnasium in the opening round of the MACJC State Tournament.
This outburst comes on the heels of a school-record, 53-point effort by Carey in her last outing, which helped the Lady Bobcats upset No. 8-rated Co-Lin, 90-80.
Monday’s win advances JCJC to the semifinals against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Lady Bulldogs, the No. 4 seed from the South Division, surprised the North Division’s top seed, East Mississippi, 67-60, on Monday.
JCJC, 18-6, will face Gulf Coast, 16-8, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
On the men’s side, the Bobcats open tournament play at 1 p.m. on Tuesday against Mississippi Delta Community College.
All games involving JCJC teams will be televised live on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call.
Lady Bobcats 89, Lady Bulldogs 66
Holmes scored the game’s first four points, but JCJC came back and went up 5-4 when Alondra Rivers made a layup with 18:05 left. The Lady Bulldogs would have leads of 7-5 and 10-7, but JCJC took the lead for good at 11-10 with 16:08 left when Rivers hit another layup.
The Lady Bobcats would extend the margin to 29-18 with 8:03 left when Carey hit a 3-pointer. Holmes got within 29-22 with 7:05 remaining on a Brittany Henry basket, but that would be the closest they would get the remainder of the game.
JCJC went ahead 39-26 with 3:44 left when Carey hit another 3-pointer. That would give her 25 points in the game up to that point.
The Lady Bobcats would hold a 48-32 halftime lead.
In the first half, Carey was 9-of-14 from the floor, including a 7-of-8 effort from 3-point range.
The Lady Bulldogs would not get closer than the halftime margin for the rest of the game. A Tiffany Williams basket with 14:15 left made it 58-42. JCJC then went on a 10-1 run and took a 68-43 lead with 10:55 left on a Carey layup.
JCJC’s largest lead would be 26 points on two occasions – the last time being at 87-61 with 1:42 left when Elyssa McKenzie scored.
Carey, a Southern Miss signee, ended the game making 14-of-22 shots from the floor, including 8-of-11 from 3-point range. She did not attempt a free throw. Carey also had a game-high nine rebounds and dished out six assists.
Rivers added 20 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 performance at the charity stripe. She had five assists. Kianna Harris had 12 points. Alecia Autman and Tierro Frost both had eight rebounds.
The Lady Bobcats were 33-of-61 from the field (54.1 percent) and 8-of-13 from 3-point range. They finished 15-of-19 from the foul line and had 34 rebounds.
Williams led Holmes, 13-8, with 13 points and eight rebounds. Amber Clay added 11 points and Louise Collins had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Holmes, which also had 34 rebounds, was 23-of-62 from the field (5-of-13 on 3-pointers) for 37.1 percent. They were 15-of-24 from the foul line.
At Co-Lin Community College
Jones County 89, Holmes 66
HOLMES (13-8) – Tiffany Williams 13, Amber Clay 11, Louise Collins 10, Dierra Gilmore 9, Cierra Anderson 9, Kierra Gilmore 7, Marquisha Pointer 5, Brittany Henry 2, Latara Archie 0, Ashley Jackson 0, Kierra Anderson 0, Kia Funchess 0.
JONES COUNTY (18-6) – Tanecka Carey 36, Alondra Rivers 20, Kianna Harris 12, Alecia Autman 7, Tierro Frost 6, Elyssa McKenzie 4, Kierro Frost 4, Kaci McCurdy 0, Sharnay Mills 0.
Holmes 32 34 – 66
Jones County 48 41 – 89