Meridian Star

February 12, 2014

MCC women fall to Co-Lin, EMCC sweeps

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles entered its MACJC South Division game with Co-Lin riding a very high wave of momentum, but things were much different for the green and white on Monday night.

 The Lady Wolves defeated MCC in a hard fought 75-64 decision on the road in Wesson Monday evening.

Felishia Walters led the way in the scoring department for the Lady Eagles with 19 points, while sophomore guard Kristin Sampson finished the night with 15 points.

The Lady Eagles entered the game in first place in the South Division, but the picture for the top spot in the South has changed after the night concluded. Pearl River defeated Southwest by a final score of 60-56 to secure a one-game lead over the Lady Eagles for the top spot. The two teams will meet Thursday night at Pearl River in what could decide the top spot in the South Division.

The women’s game is slated to begin at 5 p.m. MCC dropped its overall record to 16-4 and 8-3 in division play.

The MCC men didn’t fair well on Monday night by dropping a heartbreaker to Co-Lin by a final score of 75-73. The Eagles are now 5-14 overall for the season and 4-7 in division play. MCC will return to action Thursday night on the road at Pearl River beginning at 7 p.m.      

East Central

A last-second basket by Hellanisa Young provided the MS Gulf Coast Community College Lady Bulldogs with an 85-83 victory over the East Central Community College women on Monday in Decatur.

With the loss, EC drops to 8-12 overall and 3-8 in league play under second-year head coach Crandal Porter.

Andreka Harper was among five Lady Warriors who scored in double figures. Harper, a freshman guard from Forest, tallied 18 points.

Other top point makers were Bryanna McClendon of Lake, 14; Tynika Bender of Newton, 13; and Jaleisha Jones of Wayne County and Anna Katherine Nowell, each with 10 points. Jones led in rebounds with eight.

In the men’s contest, it was all Gulf Coast as the visitors cruised 81-57.

Keon McKinney, a freshman guard from West Point, tallied 12 points to lead the Warriors, who fell to 6-14 and 2-9 under first-year head coach Robert Thompson.

EC squads travel to Copiah-Lincoln Community College on  Thursday.

East Mississippi

BOONEVILLE – Staying firmly entrenched in the MACJC North Division championship picture, the visiting East Mississippi Community College basketball teams convincingly swept Northeast Mississippi on Monday. The EMCC women claimed their seventh straight division win by beating the Lady Tigers 80-67, while the Lions won their sixth game in a row with a 95-59 rout of the Northeast men.

With the impressive road sweep in hand, the EMCC teams now turn their collective attention to Thursday’s crucial home doubleheader against rival Itawamba Community College.  In the women’s division, EMCC (13-7 overall) and ICC (12-8) are tied atop the standings with identical 8-1 marks.

On the men’s side, the Indians (13-7 overall) are also 8-1 and leading the division, while the EMCC men (15-4) are right on ICC’s heels at 6-2 in division play despite dropping a 107-103 double-overtime decision at Itawamba on Jan. 21.

In the men’s contest, five Lion scorers finished in double digits, led by Jacolby Mobley's game-high 25 points, including 16 in the opening half.