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March 1, 2014

Meridian CC prepares for Region 23 tourney

MERIDIAN — The postseason in women's basketball has finally arrived and eight teams will be looking to punch their ticket to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kan. The journey begins this week in Clinton and all eyes will be on what should be an exciting tournament.

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles are in preparation for the 2014 Region 23 Women's Basketball Tournament which will open Wednesday at the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College. The Lady Eagles will enter the eight-team field looking to make a trip to Kansas for a second time in the past three seasons.

The field is made up of five schools representing the MACJC South Division, one school from the North Division, and a pair of schools from Louisiana. MCC captured the 2012 Region 23 Championship by defeating Itawmaba Community College and the Lady Eagles finished the 2013-2014 regular season in second place among the talented squads in the MACJC South Division.

"This is a great group of teams and it should be a very exciting tournament," said MCC head coach Jocelyn McGilberry. "We are undergoing a lot preparation for this tournament and we know that we will need to play extremely hard. We know that our preparation is key going into the tournament and each game will be a tough test."

MCC will begin play in the tournament Wednesday against Baton Rouge Community College. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. between the Lady Eagles and the Lady Bears. The opening round game for Meridian should be an interesting contest, as both schools competed against one another in the Miss-Lou Conference. The Lady Bears will carry a 21-6 overall record into the tournament, while MCC will begin play in Clinton with a 2013-2014 record of 19-7. MCC competed in the MACJC State Tournament in Fulton last week and reached the semi-final round. The Lady Eagles defeated Mississippi Delta in the first round of the tournament by a final count of 85-77 which was decided in overtime, but MCC was eliminated by Southwest Mississippi in the semi-final round, 72-64.

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