Pearl River splits with Gulf Coast

            POPLARVILLE --- The storied Pearl River-Mississippi Gulf Coast basketball rivalry saw a split here Monday in Shivers Gymnasium with the host Lady Wildcats taking a hard-fought 80-72 MACJC South Division victory, while the Wildcats fell 64-62.
            PRCC’s women improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in division play, while its men dropped to 9-2 and 2-1. MGCCC’s women fell to 5-7 and 1-2, while it men are now 10-2 and 3-0.
            In the women’s game, back-to-back threes early in the contest by Deandra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex., and Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson gave the Lady Wildcats a commanding 8-2 lead, but the visiting Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a 7-4 scoring run to tie it up at 12-12 with 14:13 left before the break.
            PRCC answered with a 14-4 scoring surge over the next six minutes to pump its lead to 26-16, but Cici Brown capped an ensuing 14-2 Gulf Coast run to put the Lady Bulldogs up 29-23 at the 4:45 mark. The River managed to tie it up at 35-35 when Darjean scored off a turnover at the 1:25 mark, while Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High pulled off a three-point play in the final minute to cut Gulf Coast’s lead to 39-38 at the intermission.
            The scored was tied three times in the opening three minutes of the second half, while Amanda Evans nailed a pair of foul shots with 15:48 left to give Gulf Coast a 48-47 edge. The Lady Bulldogs maintained their lead for the next nine minutes before Echols and Taylor Brister, an East Central CC transfer from Prentiss High, scored back-to-back buckets off turnovers to tie it up at 67-67, then Darjean’s basket put PRCC up by two with 5:25 remaining.
            Samara Dingiswayo’s trey at the 3:55 mark was Gulf Coast’s final points of the night and rendered the Lady Bulldogs their last lead at 72-71. Pearl River closed out the game with an impressive 9-0 run to take the eight-point victory.
            Dingiswayo paced MGCCC with a game-high 22 points (four assists, four rebounds, three steals), including five three pointers, while Hellanisa Young scored 13 (10 rebounds), Tashara Thompson 12 (six rebounds, four assists), Amanda Evans 10 (six assists, five rebounds, four steals), Deneshia Dillard five, Brown and Kaylynn Smith (six rebounds), four each, and Christa Owen two (seven rebounds, two blocks).
            Washington led the way for Pearl River with 18 points (eight rebounds, three assists, three steals), while Echols added 17 (four steals) and hauled in an incredible 23 boards. Brister (four assists, four steals) and Darjean (nine rebounds, three assists, three steals) scored 12 each, Vamikka Smith out of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala., 10 (six rebounds), Essence Pulliam out of Forest Hill High in Jackson eight, and Tamera Williams of Hinds AHS three.
            Pearl River hit 32.1 percent (25 of 78) from the field to Mississippi Gulf Coast’s 42.4 percent (28 of 66), while PRCC was four of 17 (23.5 percent) from three-point range to MGCCC’s seven-of-24 (29.2 percent) effort. At the foul line, the Lady Wildcats were 26 of 40 (65 percent), while the Lady Bulldogs were nine of 1 4(60 percent).
The River grabbed 57 rebounds (23 offensive, 34 defensive), while Gulf Coast hauled in 46 (eight offensive, 38 defensive). PRCC committed 17 turnovers in the game to MGCCC’s 25.
            The Bulldogs held the Wildcats scoreless for just under four minutes to open the men’s game and led for nearly the first seven minutes until Troy State (Ala.) signee Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High hit a basket to give The River an 11-10 edge. After Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High sank a three to make it 14-10, Gulf Coast’s Chris Bilbo answered with back-to-back treys to put the Bulldogs back on top with 10:52 left before the break.
            From that point, the score was tied four times and the lead exchanged hands five times before Tony Bridges scored off a turnover in the final minute to give MGCCC a 32-28 lead at the half.
            Gulf Coast stayed in front for nearly the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Irishma Bowie of Morton High nailed a three with 10:07 left to knot things up at 43-43 and another trey by Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson a minute-and-a-half later put The River up 46-44. The Wildcats stayed on top for the next five minutes, but Roger Woods basket at the 3:10 mark to tie it up at 56-56 and Rashad Perkins’ bucket via an alley oop less than a minute later put the Bulldogs up 58-56.
            Pearl River managed to tie it up twice the rest of the way, while Bilbo’s basket with 45 seconds ended the scoring and gave the Bulldogs a 64-62 winning edge.
            Perkins led MGCCC with a game-high 21 points (eight rebounds, four treys), while Bilbo scored 12 (nine assists, three steals), Woods 11 (10 rebounds), Devin Berry and Josh Carroll, six each, and Tony Bridges and Justin Coleman (nine rebounds), four each.
Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., Bowie (three treys), and Porter (three assists, two treys) paced the Wildcats with 12 points a piece, while Coleman scored nine (six rebounds, six assists), Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High six, Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High five (five rebounds), Hollimon four (five rebounds), and Joshua Johnson out of Carroll High in Monroe, La., two.
            Pearl River hit 38.2 percent (21 of 55) from the field to Mississippi Gulf Coast’s 41.1 percent (23 of 56) showing, while the Wildcats were six of 20 (30 percent) from three-point range to the Bulldogs’ seven-of-20 (35 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 14 of 17 (82.4 percent), while MGCCC was 11 of 25 (44 percent).
The River finished the game with 37 rebounds (13 offensive, 24 defensive) to Gulf Coast’s 39 (17 offensive, 22 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 10 turnovers to the Bulldogs’ 11.
The two rivals eye women and men’s rematches Thursday, Feb. 6 in Perkinston.
PRCC returns to the hardcourt Thursday when it hits the road for Southwest Mississippi in Summit for South Division contests at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) before traveling to MACJC newcomer Meridian CC in Meridian for more division play Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the same game times.
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MACJC South Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 @ Poplarville, MS
Pearl River 80, Miss. Gulf Coast 72
First Half: 39-38 (MGCCC)
Second Half: 42-33 (PRCC)
Miss. Gulf Coast (5-7, 1-2): Samara Dingiswayo 22 (5 treys, 4 assists, 4 RB, 3 steals), Hellanisa Young 13 (10 RB), Tashara Thompson 12 (6 RB, 4 assists), Amanda Evans 10 (5 RB, 6 assists, 4 steals), Denesha Dillard 5, Cici Brown 4, Kaylynn Smith 4 (6 RB), Christa Owen 2 (7 RB, 2 blocks).
Pearl River (6-1, 3-0): Kalisha Washington 18 (8 RB, 3 assists, 3 steals), Shanta’ Echols 17 (23 RB, 4 steals), Taylor Brister 12 (4 assists, 4 steals, 6 of 7 FT), Deandra Darjean 12 (9 RB, 3 assists, 3 steals), Vamikka Smith 10 (6 RB), Essence Pulliam 8, Tamera Williams 3.
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 25 of 78 (32.1%), Gulf Coast – 28 of 66 (42.4%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 4 of 17 (23.5%), Gulf Coast – 7 of 24 (29.2%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 26 of 40 (65.0%), Gulf Coast – 9 of 14 (64.3%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 57 (23 offensive, 34 defensive), Gulf Coast – 46 (8 offensive, 38 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 17, Gulf Coast – 25.
Miss. Gulf Coast 64, Pearl River 62
First Half: 32-28 (MGCCC)
Second Half: 34-32 (PRCC)
Miss. Gulf Coast (10-2, 3-0): Rashad Perkins 21 (8 RB, 4 treys), Chris Bilbo 12 (9 assists, 3 steals), Roger Woods 11 (10 RB), Devin Berry 6, Josh Carroll 6, Tony Bridges 4, Justin Coleman 4 (9 RB).
Pearl River (9-2, 2-1): Kaven Bernard 12 (4 RB), Irishma Bowie 12 (3 treys), Quintarius Porter 12 (4 RB, 2 treys, 3 assists), DeAngelo Coleman 9 (6 RB, 6 assists), Devontai Foye 6, Lester Crosby 5 (5 RB), Jeremy Hollimon 4 (5 RB), Joshua Johnson 2.
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 21 of 55 (38.2%), Gulf Coast – 23 of 56 (41.1%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 6 of 20 (30.0%), Gulf Coast – 7 of 20 (35.0%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 14 of 17 (82.4%), Gulf Coast – 11 of 25 (44.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 37 (13 offensive, 24 defensive), Gulf Coast – 39 (17 offensive, 22 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 10, Gulf Coast – 11.
NOTE: Pearl River and Miss. Gulf Coast eye South Division women’s and men’s rematches Thursday, Feb. 6, at Perkinston.
UP NEXT: PRCC returns to the hard court Thursday when it hits the road for Southwest Mississippi in Summit for South Division contests at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) before traveling to Meridian CC in Meridian for more division play Tuesday at the same game times.

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