Carey nets 40, but Lady Wolves down JCJC for state title
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-25 00:01:59
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
WESSON – The 13th-ranked Co-Lin Community College Lady Wolves outscored the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats 10-2 over the game’s final 2:08 and posted an 85-77 victory in the championship game of the MACJC Tournament here Thursday night before a packed house at Mullen Gymnasium.
The Lady Bobcats got a 40-point performance from guard Tanecka Carey, but it was not enough to overcome the Lady Wolves. JCJC was going for its third straight state championship, all in games against Co-Lin.
The Lady Bobcats, 19-7, will now play in the Region 23 Tournament next Monday-Thursday in the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton. A tournament bracket will be announced Friday afternoon.
The JCJC men’s team will also be in the regional tournament.
All games in the regional tournament involving JCJC teams will be televised live on www.jcjc.tv.
Lady Wolves 85, Lady Bobcats 77
The first half featured nine ties and 13 lead changes.
JCJC’s longest lead was 29-25 at 9:35 when Carey hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Co-Lin’s longest lead of the opening half was at 43-38 with 27 seconds showing when Kiara Etienne hit a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner.
The Lady Wolves led 43-41 at halftime.
Co-Lin started out quickly in the second half, scoring the first seven points to take a 50-41 lead with 18:15 left when Etienne scored. The Lady Bobcats pulled to within 54-50 with 13:56 left when Carey hit an 18-footer.
The Lady Wolves would then match their longest lead of the game at 61-52 when Paige Webster converted a 3-point play with 12:13 left.
But JCJC would then go on a 17-8 run and tie the game at 69-69 with 5:46 remaining when Alecia Autman scored off an assist by Carey. The Lady Bobcats would take a 73-71 lead with 4:27 remaining when Carey hit two free throws, but that would be her final points of the game.
Co-Lin would go ahead 75-73 with 3:14 left when Webster scored, but Jones would tie it at 75-75 with 3:00 showing on an Autman layup off an assist by Sharnay Mills.
Then came a huge play in the game.
Co-Lin’s Brandi Simmons was fouled and hit her first free throw with 2:08 left to give the home team a 76-75 lead. She missed the second attempt, but Co-Lin got the rebound. Etienne then followed with a 3-pointer to put the Lady Wolves up 79-75 with 1:58 left.
Autman then scored on a putback with 1:44 left to make it 79-77, but that would be the final points for the Lady Bobcats. Keosha Bradley hit a layup to make it 81-77 with 1:26 to play.
After a JCJC miss, Simmons hit another inside shot to put Co-Lin ahead 83-77 with 54.5 seconds to play. Etienne hit two free throws with 19.8 seconds to play to end the scoring.
Carey was 15-of-30 from the floor, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range, and was 2-of-2 from the free throw line. She also had seven rebounds and four assists.
Autman added 10 points. Kianna Harris had nine rebounds, while Elyssa McKenzie had seven rebounds to go with eight points.
Etienne led Co-Lin, 22-2, with 19 points. JaQuandra Williams added 15, while Simmons had 14 and Webster finished with 11.
JCJC was 31-of-68 from the field (9-of-21 from 3-point range) for 45.6 percent and just 6-of-10 from the foul line.
The Lady Wolves made 32-of-65 shots from the floor (5-of-12 from 3-point range) for 49.2 percent and made 16-of-25 foul shots.
Both teams grabbed 35 rebounds.
Co-Lin 85, Jones County 77
JONES COUNTY (19-7) – Tanecka Carey 40, Alecia Autman 10, Alondra Rivers 9, Elyssa McKenzie 8, Kianna Harris 4, Kierro Frost 4, Tierro Frost 2, Sharnay Mills 0.
CO-LIN (22-2) – Kiara Etienne 19, JaQuandra Williams 15, Brandi Simmons 14, Paige Webster 11, Keosha Bradley 8, Shelby Ann Davis 8, Kristin Newsome 6, Sedreka Plummer 4, Alexus Stirgus 0, Chantell Miller 0.
Jones County 41 36 – 77
Co-Lin 43 42 – 85