Meridian Star


February 22, 2014

Jones County men, women earn No. 1 seeds in tourney

From school reports

DECATUR — The Jones County Junior College men's and women's basketball teams earned a sweep against East Central Community College, with the women winning 98-88 and the men coming out on top 72-67.

The wins marked what could be a first for Jones County — both the Bobcat men and women's teams will be the top seeds from the MACJC South Division entering next week's MACJC State Tournament at Itawamba Community College.

After much figuring and discussion, the Lady Bobcats officially grabbed the No. 1 seed Tuesday morning.

The Lady Bobcats, Meridian Community College and Pearl River Community College each finished with a 10-4 division record. Head-to-head completion is the first tiebreaker, and each team split with one another.

Point spread between the teams is the next tiebreaker, and head coach Sandra Sumrall's  Lady Bobcats came out on top, followed by Meridian and Pearl River. Southwest and Co-Lin each finished 9-5, but the Lady Bears earned the No. 4 seed based on the point spread tiebreaker.

On the men's side, it was a bit clearer.

Head coach Jay Ladner's 25th-ranked Bobcats and Mississippi Gulf Coast each finished 11-3 in the division and split their two games. The next step is how they fared vs. the No. 3 team in the division, Pearl River.

JCJC earned the No. 1 seed by sweeping Pearl River, while Mississippi Gulf Coast split with PRCC. Southwest will be the No. 4 seed.

On Monday, the tournament begins with four men's games.

The Bobcats (19-4, 11-3) face North Division No. 4 Coahoma (9-14, 7-5) at 1 p.m., followed by South No. 3 Pearl River (16-6, 9-5) vs. North No. 2 East Mississippi (17-5, 8-3) at 3 p.m. North No. 1 Itawamba (14-9, 9-5) faces South No. 4 Southwest (12-11, 6-8) at 6 p.m. and South No. 2 Mississippi

Gulf Coast battles North No. 3 Northwest (12-9, 8-4) at 8 p.m.

In the men's semifinals on Wednesday, the JCJC/Coahoma winner meets the Pearl River/East Mississippi winner at 3 p.m., and the Southwest/Itawamba winner plays the MGCCC/Northwest winner at 8 p.m. The men's title game is at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The women begin play on Tuesday. South No. 2 Meridian (18-5, 10-4) plays North No. 3 Mississippi Delta (13-9, 8-4) at 1 p.m., followed South No. 4 Southwest (17-6, 9-5) vs. North No. 1 East Mississippi (16-7, 11-1) at 3 p.m.

The Lady Bobcats (16-7, 10-4) then meet North No. 4 Northwest (12-8, 6-6) at 6 p.m., followed by South No. 3 Pearl River (15-4, 10-4) vs. North No. 2 Itawamba (14-9, 10-2) at 8 p.m.

In Wednesday's semifinals, the Meridian/Delta winner faces the East Mississippi/Southwest winner at 1 p.m., and the JCJC/Northwest winner plays the Itawamba/Pearl River winner at 6 p.m. The women's championship will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Most teams competing in the MACJC Tournament will participate in the Region 23 March 5-8 at Mississippi College in Clinton.

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