Meridian Star

November 20, 2013

MCC basketball returns home Thursday

from school reports
The Meridian Star

— The Meridian Community College basketball teams are set to return to Jim Redgate Court at the Graham Gymnasium Thursday night in hopes of securing its first sweep of the 2013-2014 season. MCC will welcome Itawamba Community College to its home floor Thursday night in a doubleheader with the women’s contest set to begin at 5:30 and the men’s game to follow at 7:30.

     The Lady Eagles opened the 2013-2014 season by winning its first four games, but had its streak snapped on the road at Pensacola State College last Saturday by a final score of 81-69. The MCC women have earned four hard fought wins to open the season which include victories over Alabama Southern (61-56), East Mississippi (57-52), Lawson State (79-65), and Holmes (87-68). MCC had to battle back from a 12-point deficit at halftime against EMCC to secure its second win of the season during its winning streak. The Lady Eagles currently have three players that have averaged double figures in the first five games of the season. Miaya Crowder, Victoria Stewart, and Kristin Sampson each have scored at least 10 points or more in each game to open the season. Crowder led the Lady Eagles in the scoring department in its most recent game against Pensacola with 20 points.

     Itawamba will enter its game with Meridian Thursday night with a 3-1 overall record and the Lady Indians snatched a 68-66 victory away from Jones County Junior College on the road last Thursday night. The Lady Indians also have victories over Three Rivers (89-75) and Snead State (63-48). The only loss of the season for Itawamba came in an 83-66 road loss against 9th ranked Shelton State.

     The Lady Indians are led by freshman guard Jayla Chills who has averaged 13 points a game which is tops on the team, while Latoya Collins brings a 12-point scoring average into the game for ICC.

     The two teams met last season and Itawamba was able to run past the Lady Eagles by a final score of 83-65. The two squads also have a history of meeting in the postseason as MCC defeated ICC in the 2012 Region 23 Championship game by a final score of 71-67.

     The MCC men will look to end its current four-game losing streak against Itawamba in the 7:30 men’s contest Thursday night. MCC had its best performance of the season in a heartbreaking loss to East Mississippi earlier in the season by a final of 82-76. The Eagles have been defeated by at least double figures in its last two times on the floor. MCC is led by Meridian native William Byrd who scored 24 points in a recent loss to Lawson State.

     The Itawamba men will come into the game with a 2-2 overall mark and have lost its last two games in very close fashion to Shelton State (91-90) and Jones (91-87). The Indians are led in scoring by Alex Anderson with 19 points a game and Johnathan McGee with 18 points a game.

     The games will be televised locally on Comcast Channel 12 in the Meridian area and broadcasted on radio by tuning to 106.9 FM.