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February 19, 2014

EMCC claims share of division hoops title 

SENATOBIA – The East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team secured at least a share of the MACJC North Division title with Monday’s 72-64 road win over Northwest Mississippi at Howard Coliseum. 

In contrast, the EMCC men saw their chances of possibly hosting next week’s MACJC State Basketball Tournament perhaps slip away after dropping an 86-83 decision to the host Rangers in the nightcap.

In women’s action, the Lady Lions scored nine unanswered points late in the first half to regain a lead they would never again relinquish.  A 32-26 EMCC halftime advantage doubled when Brittany Brown’s jumper made it 45-33 five minutes into the second stanza.

The visitors were never seriously challenged after that in maintaining a double-digit margin for most of the second half.  A couple of late 3-pointers by the Lady Rangers resulted in the eight-point outcome.

Earning their first MACJC North Division regular-season title since the 2010-11 season and third division crown overall under head coach Sharon Thompson’s guidance, the EMCC Lady Lions improved to 15-7 overall with their ninth consecutive division win. The EMCC women, 10-1 in division play, will have an opportunity to win the division outright with a victory over visiting Coahoma during Thursday’s “Sophomore Night” contest in Scooba.

Former Clarkdale product Charmane Tims led the Lady Lions in scoring with 14 points, followed by Savannah Kimmons with 13 points. Also in double figures for the winners were Takera Mitchell and Jaylen Cox with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Mitchell, a former Wayne County standout, was also credited with 10 assists and six rebounds in the contest.

Dropping to 12-7 overall and 6-5 within the division, the Northwest Lady Rangers received a game-high 31 points from Carshava Sutton, who scored nearly half of her team’s points and connected on 17-of-22 from the charity stripe.

In the men’s nightcap, the visiting EMCC Lions got off to good start shooting 52 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line in taking a 49-42 halftime lead, despite sophomore guards Jacolby Mobley and Nick Giles both being saddled with two early fouls and sitting for most of the opening 20 minutes of play.

Following two free throws and a basket from Mack Foster to begin the second half, the Lions’ lead grew to 11 points (53-42), before the Rangers went on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 55-52 on a Rashon Coleman 3-pointer.  The lead would then change hands three times midway through the half.

A put-back basket and a baseline drive by Aston Morton seemed to give the Rangers some momentum, as the home team began to establish control of the game with timely offensive rebounding.  Northwest continued to build on the lead, going up by seven points (79-72) with 4:01 remaining in the contest.

The visitors spent the rest of the game trying to catch Northwest but were slowed ultimately by costly turnovers down the stretch.

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