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February 26, 2014

EMCC drops decision to Southwest Mississippi

MERIDIAN —     Making their first postseason appearance in three years, the East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 40-point performance by Southwest Mississippi’s Katrina Littlepage in falling to the Lady Bears, 66-61, during Tuesday’s quarterfinals of the MACJC State Basketball Tournament being played at the Davis Event Center on the Itawamba Community College campus.   

    As the MACJC’s North Division champions and seeded first, EMCC’s Lady Lions played Southwest, the South’s No. 4 seed, to a 31-31 halftime tie.  The opening 20 minutes of play featured 14 lead changes and six deadlocks.

    After the break, the EMCC women went on top, 36-34, early in the second stanza on a Takera Mitchell three-point play and a put-back basket by Kyra Gulledge.  That’s when Littlepage and the Lady Bears began to take control of the contest.  The Slidell, La., product scored nine straight points during an 11-0 run that put Southwest in front, 45-36.

    Midway through the period, the Lady Lions cut the deficit to a basket (50-48) with an 8-2 spurt.  However, a three-point play by Southwest’s Tee Myers, coupled by missed opportunities on the offensive end by EMCC, contributed to seven unanswered points by the Lady Bears that bumped the lead back up to nine points (57-48) with five minutes remaining in the contest.

    Down by double digits (61-51) with 3:35 left on the game clock, East Mississippi made one final rally with an 8-1 run that was capped by Jaylen Cox’s pair of free throws to make it a one-possession game at 62-59 with 40.1 seconds to play.  With EMCC forced to foul down the stretch, Littlepage concluded a 20-of-26 effort at the line with four more charity tosses over the game’s final 31 seconds to account for the final margin.

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