Jones sweeps River

            ELLISVILLE --- Jones County swept Pearl River in women’s and men’s MACJC South Division basketball action here Monday, defeating the division champ Lady Wildcats 79-70 before smacking the Wildcat squad 66-54.
            PRCC’s women, who captured their first South Division title in two decades last Thursday with a hard-fought 72-66 win over Meridian in Poplarville, dropped to 15-4 overall and 10-3 in division play, while its men fell to 15-6 and 8-5. JCJC’s women improved to 15-7 and 9-4, while its men are now 18-4 and 10-3.n
            The top four finishers in the North and South divisions will earn berths in Feb. 24-27’s MACJC State Tournament to be played at the North men’s champ home court. The actual location is still in limbo.
            Itawamba’s men lead the North at 9-3, followed by Northwest Mississippi (8-3), East Mississippi (7-3), and Coahoma (7-4), while in the South, Jones and Mississippi Gulf Coast are tied for first place at 10-3, followed by Pearl River, Southwest Mississippi (6-7) and Copiah-Lincoln (5-8).
            On the women’s side, 10-1 East Mississippi has a half game lead over 10-2 ICC for tops in the North, followed by Mississippi Delta (7-3) and Coahoma (7-4). The South sees a three-way deadlock behind Pearl River in Meridian, Southwest, and Jones --- all 9-4 --- while Co-Lin remains in the mix at 8-5.
            Both Pearl River squads have iced berths in next week’s tournament and wrap their regular seasons Thursday when Co-Lin visits Shivers Gymnasium in Poplarville.
            In Monday’s women’s game, the host Lady Bobcats led 34-27 at the intermission, then outscored the Lady Wildcats 45-43 in the second half to take the nine-point victory.
            Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High led The River with 18 points (nine rebounds, three blocks), while Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson added 13, Essence Pulliam out of Forest Hill High in Jackson 11 (five rebounds), Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville High 10 (nine rebounds), Vamikka Smith out of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala., eight (10 rebounds), and Deantra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer out of Yates High in Houston, Tex., two (seven assists).
            Alyson Johnson paced Jones County with a game-high 29 points (five rebounds), while Lathisha McCullum added 18 (six assists), Kaylan Hughes 11 (five rebounds), Starla Daggans eight (five rebounds), Crystal Clay and Khadijah Jones (six rebounds), four each, Precious Jefferson and Kadi Parker, two each, and Caitlyn Spane one (five rebounds).
Pearl River hit 46.6 percent (27 of 58) from the field to Jones’ 43.3 percent (28 of 65), while the Lady Wildcats were one of eight (12.5 percent) from three-point range to the Lady Bobcats’ five-of-14 (35.7 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 15 of 24 (62.5 percent), while JCJC was 18 of 28 (64.3 percent). Both teams finished with 40 rebounds each with Pearl River hauling in 13 offensive and 27 defensive boards, while Jones grabbed 18 offensive and 22 defensive. The Lady Wildcats committed 26 turnovers in the contest to the Lady Bobcats’ 22.
In the men’s game, the Wildcats trailed 27-23 at the break before the Bobcats took a 39-31 advantage in the second half to take the 12-point victory.
Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson led PRCC with 16 points, while Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High scored 11, Bryant McGee of West Marion High 10, Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., nine, Troy State (Ala.) signee Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High five, Joshua Johnson out of Carroll High in Monroe, La., two, and Louisiana Monroe signee Rakeem Esco of Canton High one.
Johnny Zuppardo hits a game-high 18 points to lead the Bobcats, while Christopher White added 17, Leo Garrett and Bryce Jones, 10 each, Ashton Woodson nine, and Darris McLendon two.
Pearl River hit 39.6 percent (21 of 53) from the field to Jones County’s 45.5 percent (25 of 55) showing, while the Wildcats were four of 18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range to the Bobcats’ four-of-13 (30.8 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was eight of 14 (67.1 percent), while JCJC was 12 of 14 (85.7 percent). Jones dominated the boards with 28 rebounds (eight offensive, 30 defensive) to Pearl River’s 29 (seven offensive, 22 defensive), while PRCC committed 25 turnovers to JCJC’s 22.
Pearl River split with Jones in previous meetings played Jan. 23 in Poplarville with the Lady Wildcats winning 89-83 in overtimes, while the Wildcats were 72-69 losers.
Game times for Thursday’s PRCC-CLCC match ups are 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).
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MACJC South Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 @ Ellisville, MS
Jones County 79, Pearl River 70
First Half: 34-27 (JCJC)
Second Half: 45-43 (JCJC)
Pearl River (15-4, 10-3): Shanta' Echols 18 (9 RB, 3 blocks), Kalisha Washington 13, Essence Pulliam 11 (5 RB), Tamesha Horne 10 (9 RB), Vamikka Smith 8 (10 RB), Deantra Darjean 2 (7 assists).5
Jones County (15-7, 9-4): Alyson Johnson 29 (5 RB), Lathisha McCullum 18 (6 assists), Kaylan Hughes 11 (5 RB), Starla Daggans 8 (5 RB), Crystal Clay 4, Khadijah Jones 4 (6 RB), Precious Jefferson 2, Kadie Parker 2, Caitlyn Spane 1 (5 RB).
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 27 of 58 (46.6%), Jones County – 28 of 65 (43.3%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 1 of 8 (12.5%), Jones County – 5 of 14 (35.7%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 15 of 24 (62.5%), Jones County – 18 of 28 (64.3%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 40 (13 offensive, 27 defensive), Jones County – 40 (18 offensive, 22 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 26, Jones County 22.
Jones County 66, Pearl River 54
First Half: 27-23 (JCJC)
Second Half: 39-31 (JCJC)
Pearl River (15-6, 8-5): Quintarius Porter 16, DeAngelo Coleman 11, Bryant McGee 10, Kaven Bernard 9, Jeremy Hollimon 5, Joshua Johnson 2, Rakeem Esco 1.
Jones County (18-4, 10-3): Johnny Zuppardo 18, Christopher White 17, Leo Garrett 10, Bryce Jones 10, Ashton Woodson 9, Darris McLendon 2.
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Pearl River – 21 of 53 (39.6%), Jones County – 25 of 55 (45.5%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 4 of 18 (22.2%), Jones County – 4 of 13 (30.8%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 8 of 14 (67.1%), Jones County – 12 of 14 (85.7%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 29 (7 offensive, 22 defensive), Jones County – 38 (8 offensive, 30 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 25, Jones County 22.
NOTE: Pearl River split with Jones County in previous meetings played Jan. 23 in Poplarville. The now-South Division champion Lady Wildcats were 89-83 winners in overtime, while the Wildcats were 72-69 losers.
UP NEXT: PRCC wraps its regular season Thursday when it hosts MACJC South Division rival Copiah-Lincoln in Shivers Gymnasium with game times at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men). Both Pearl River squads enter the MACJC State Tournament set for Monday through Thursday at the North Division men's champ home court (still to be decided).

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