River swept at Southwest

SUMMIT — Pearl River Community College was swept by Southwest Mississippi in MACJC South Division women’s and men’s basketball action here Monday with the Lady Wildcats falling 59-50 and the 19th-ranked Wildcats taking a hard-fought 68-66 setback.
            PRCC’s women dropped to 5-12 overall and 3-7 in division play, while its men fell to 17-3 and 8-2. SMCC’s women improved to 13-8 and 6-4, while its men are now 14-7 and 7-3.
            With two division match ups remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats remain atop the South Division’s men’s standings — one game up on second-place Southwest — while Jones County a half game behind SMCC at 6-3. Mississippi Gulf Coast is fourth at 5-5, followed by Hinds at 4-5, Copiah-Lincoln at 2-7, and East Central at 1-8.
            The South Division men’s winner earns hosting rights to Feb. 25-28's MACJC State Tournament. After the PRCC men hosts the William Carey University junior varsity Wednesday (6 p.m.), The River hosts JCJC Monday in Poplarville (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) before closing out the regular season against Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson Thursday, Feb. 21 (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.).
            The Wildcats dropped Jones 83-79 in Ellisville before falling to Co-Lin 83-69 in previous meetings played Jan. 24 and Jan. 28, respectively.
            PRCC’s women remain in sixth place in the women’s standings behind No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln (8-2), Gulf Coast (7-3), Southwest, and East Central and Jones (both 4-5). and Jones (3-5). Hinds sits in the cellar at 1-8
            The top four finishers in the MACJC north and south divisions earn berths in the state tournament.
            In Monday’s women’s game, Southwest led 38-26 at the break, but Pearl River outscored the Lady Bears 24-21 in the second half only to come up 10 points shy of victory.
            Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson paced the Lady Wildcats with a game-high 19 points (four rebounds), while Valescia Dixon of East Marion High scored 10 (six rebounds), Rebekah Harwell out of M.C. Perry High in Iwakuni, Japan, six (four rebounds); Francheska Bowman out of Choctaw High in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (five rebounds) and Daiquari Raine of Poplarville High (four rebounds), four each; Lolecia Richardson out of Provine High in Jackson three, and Jeronda Beason of Poplarville High and Mia Coleman of Mendenhall High, two each.
            Katrina Littlepage led the Lady Bears with 15, while April Levy scored 12, Cassie Berry and Fredrikah Wilson, 10 each; Tee Myers four, Milesha McNulty and Katelyn Whaley, three each; and Elayne Robinson two.
            In the men’s game, the Bears led 39-33 at the intermission; while the Wildcats rebounded in the second half with a 33-29 scoring advantage.
            Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High led PRCC with 17 points, while DeAngelo Coleman out of South Pike High in Magnolia scored 13, DeMondre Harvey of Minden (La.) High 12 (five rebounds), Xavian Rimmer, an Alcorn State transfer who prepped at Pine Woods School near Jackson, seven (nine rebounds); Frank Snow, a San Angelina CC (Tex.) transfer who prepped at Sagemont High in Wellington, Fla., six (nine rebounds); Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., and Daniel Grieves (five rebounds), a U.S. Air Force Academy transfer who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, four each; and Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High two.
            Herbert Harrison paced SMCC with a game-high 19 points, while Deione Weeks scored 13, Donovan Ross 11, Corey Williams eight, Quintarius Porter seven, Mark Bridgewater four, and Devin Flowers and Mikel Henry, three each.
            Pearl River swept Southwest Miss. in previous meetings played Jan. 17 in Poplarville with the Wildcat squads taking 56-55 (women) and 71-62 (men) victories.
            PRCC’s men return to action Wednesday when they host the William Carey University junior varsity for a 6 p.m. contest in Shivers Gymnasium, then both River squads return to South Division action when rival Jones County visits Monday for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games. PRCC wraps its regular season Thursday, Feb. 21, at division foe Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson with game times at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men).

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