Meridian Star

November 18, 2013

Roundup: MCC soccer shines, preps basketball scores

from school reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — From school reports


    The South Division of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges made history Saturday by winning both the first-ever men’s and women’s All-Star soccer matches over the North Division. The South women won 2-0, while the South men won 2-1 at Freedom Ridge Park.

     Taylor Hanes of Meridian Community College shined in a big way for the South with a goal in the 41st minute, to go along with an assist in the match.

Hanes took a rebound off a missed shot and kicked it in to make the score 2-0 in favor of the South.

     Danielle Craft of Mississippi Gulf Coast was named the Most Valuable Player for the South squad.

     The Lady Eagles were well represented in the game with five players which included: Miller Watkins, Merrick Watkins, Kaitlyn Polk, Kristen Morris, and Hanes. MCC head women’s soccer coach Mike Smith also served as the coach for the South team.

     In the men’s match, the South completed the All-Star sweep by defeating the North by a final score of 2-1. MCC were represented in the game by Myers Falls and Christian Jackson

     Dylan Garrett of Pearl River Community College was named the Most Valuable Player in the victory.

     MCC head men’s soccer coach Alex George served as the head coach for the South team in the win.

     Sponsors for the MACJC All-Star Soccer matches were Holmes Community College,, Mississippi National Guard, the City of Ridgeland, and Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center.

MCC Women's hoops win streak end

     The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles had their four-game winning streak to open the 2013-2014 season come to an end Saturday on the road at Pensacola State College by a final score of 81-69. MCC dropped its overall record to 4-1 with the road setback, while Pensacola moved its overall record to 4-2 for the season.

     MCC had four players to finish the game in double figures, while the Lady Bucs had three players to score in double digits. Miaya Crowder led the way for MCC with 20 points, while sophomore Kristen Sampson finished the game with 18. Londyn Thomas and Victoria Stewart each chipped in with 10 apiece for the Lady Eagles.

     Mariah Hopkins led Pensacola in scoring with 16 points, while Tyisha Moore finished with 15. Teadra Jones added 11 in the home victory over Meridian.

     MCC will return home Thursday night in a doubleheader against MACJC foe Itawamba Community College. The women will take to the floor at 5:30 and the men will follow at 7:30.

MAIS Boys' Basketball

Laurel Christian    54

Newton Co. Academy    51

    Newton County Academy boys' basketball dropped a three-point decision to Laurel Christian as the Lions picked up their second win in a week over the Generals with a 54-51 victory on Monday night.

    Laurel Christian used a 20-point second quarter to take a double-digit lead into the break.

    NCA came out of the break hot, out scoring the home team 19-7 in the third quarter. In the forth, they were a point shy of matching them even, 16-15, but the Lion's first half advantage prevailed.

    Nick Pennington recorded his second double-double of the young season, leading the Generals with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Nate Johnson put up 16 points and six rebounds. Chance Collins had 12 points and five steals.

    The game's high scorer was Laurel's John Walters with 20 points.

    NCA will return home on Friday night for a rematch with Park Place. The boys' team will take the floor as the last of four games. The junior varsity girls' game will start at 4 p.m., followed by junior varsity boys' and varsity girls'.  

Patrician Academy     53

Russell Christian     49

    Patrician Academy boys' basketball fought off Russell Christian in the second half to earn a 53-49 win after being down by one at halftime on Monday night.

    The Saints took a four-point advantage in the third quarter and a one-point in the fourth, but the effort was enough to get the win.

    RCA was led by Tyler Polden with 24 points including five 3-pointers. Aston Temple added 14 for the Warriors.

    Patrician was led by Gentry Allen with 18 (three 3-pointers).  

MAIS Girls' basketball

Patrician Academy 53

Russell Christian    34

    The Patrician Academy girls' basketball team opened the game hot and quickly built a lead to outpace Russell Christian en route to a 53-34 win on Monday night.

    The Warriors were led by Payton Lippert with 18 points and Anna James with nine. Gabby George was the Saints' high scorer with 20.