EMCC women 55
Mississippi Delta 52
Savannah Kimmons posted a career-best 18 points and her inside presence helped the Lions rally in the second half to their first MACJC North Division win of the season.
Kimmons, a 6-foot freshman, hit 9 of 12 shots and kept EMCC close in the first half with 10 points. Even with that big start from the post, the Lions still trailed visiting Delta 25-24 at the break. However, with her presence inside drawing attention, EMCC started getting, and making, open looks in the second half.
“When you have a big game, your teammates feed of of it,” EMCC coach Sharon Thompson said. “If she starts knocking shots down, it picks your teammates up and soon they start knocking shots down.”
After hitting just one 3-pointer in the first half, the Lions hit two in a row within a minute as Wilma Davis and Charmane Tims each connected to tie the game. Following Tims’ 3 that knotted the game at 30 with 17:58 left, the Lions never trailed. EMCC, which took the lead for good on a Kimmons putback at the 15;36 mark, later had three straight 3s from Leah Isabelle, Davis and Takera Mitchell to help keep Delta at arm’s length. The final of those pushed the lead to 47-40 with 6:29 remaining, the largest lead of the game.
“Our big girl played tough today and when she does that, it opens the outside game up,” Thompson said. “If she doesn’t have a good game, they are able to crowd her some more.”
Davis added 10 points for the Lions, who improved to 3-11 and 1-3. Delta was led by Suzzette Suggs’ 12.