Lady Bobcats to play for third straight state championship

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-23 20:33:56

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

WESSON – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are one victory away from a ‘3-peat.’

JCJC used a 14-0 run early in the second half to overcome a six-point halftime deficit and went on to a 72-59 decision over the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Lady Bulldogs here Wednesday afternoon at Mullen Gymnasium in the semifinals of the MACJC State Tournament.

The Lady Bobcats, who will be seeking their third consecutive state crown, will face 13th-ranked and tournament host Co-Lin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the championship game. The Lady Wolves defeated Itawamba 85-76 in the other semifinal game.

Alondra Rivers led the Lady Bobcats, 19-6, with a 29-point effort, keyed by seven steals. She also had six rebounds and four assists. Tanecka Carey, this week’s NJCAA Women’s Division I Player of the Week, had 21 points, with 15 of those coming in the second half. Alecia Autman had a ‘double-double’ with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s game, the Lady Bobcats will compete in the Region 23 Tournament in Clinton on the campus of Mississippi College next week. The tournament bracket will be announced Friday afternoon.

Lady Bobcats 72, Gulf Coast 59

The game was close throughout the first half.                                                     

The Lady Bobcats went up 8-4 with 16:11 showing when Kianna Harris scored off an offensive rebound. But Gulf Coast scored eight straight points and went ahead 12-8 when Deonica McCormick hit a 10-footer.

A Rivers’ layup would knot the game at 12-12 with 12:59 left, but Gulf Coast would then take a 22-16 lead with 9:06 showing when McCormick scored. The Lady Bulldogs would remain in control and took a 30-22 lead with 5:04 left when Tatyana Haywood scored. They matched their longest lead of the game at 32-24 when Delaina Lyons made two free throws with 3:59 to play.

JCJC would trail 36-30 at the break, but it would not take long for the Lady Bobcats to take the lead for good in the second half.

Keyed by a defense that forced 28 Lady Bulldog turnovers, JCJC would rally and take the lead for good at 46-44 on a Carey 3-pointer with 14:10 left. That started the decisive run and Autman ended it when she scored on a layup off an assist by Carey to make it 57-44 with 9:52 left in the game.

The Lady Bulldogs would get back to within 59-50 at the 7:20 mark on a 15-footer by Haywood, but that would be as close as they would come.

JCJC’s longest lead of the game came with 1:44 left at 70-56 when – fittingly – Rivers stole the ball and converted a layup.

Carey would have six assists, while Kianna Harris had six rebounds to go with six points.

JCJC was 29-of-70 (2-of-8 from 3-point range) from the field for 41.4 percent. They were 12-of-19 from the free throw line.

The Lady Bulldogs, 16-9, got 19 points from McCormick, 12 from Lyons and 10 from Haywood. Nicole Edwards pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Gulf Coast was 27-of-67 (0-of-5 from 3-point range) for 40.3 percent. They were 5-of-11 from the foul line.

The Lady Bobcats outrebounded Gulf Coast, 36-33.



Jones County 72, Miss. Gulf Coast 59

MISS. GULF COAST (16-9) – Deonica McCormick 19, Delainna Lyons 12, Tatyana Haywood 10, Cara Beverin 6, Brianna Blunt 6, Nicole Edwards 4, Roxyali Munoz 2, Brianne Collins 0, Ricille Davis 0.

JONES COUNTY (19-6) – Alondra Rivers 29, Tanecka Carey 21, Alecia Autman 11, Kianna Harris 6, Kierro Frost 3, Tierro Frost 2, Elyssa McKenzie 0, Sharnay Mills 0.

Miss. Gulf Coast                        36 23 – 59

Jones County                            30 42 – 72


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