Pearl River sweeps Delgado

            POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College swept Delgado (La.) in women’s and men’s basketball action here Thursday with a pair of dominating victories.
            The Lady Wildcats pulled off a 67-45 win in their season opener, while the Wildcats were 85-63 winners to improve to 2-0 overall. DCC’s squads both dropped to 0-2.
            In the women’s game, Pearl River dominated in the first half. Essence Pulliam out of Forest Hill High in Jackson hit a basket at the 13:20 mark to give the Lady Wildcats a double digit lead at 15-4, then PRCC outscored Delgado 27-12 the rest of the way to take a 42-16 lead at the intermission.
            The River pumped its lead to 45-16 --- its largest of the game --- in the opening minutes of the second half, but the visiting Lady Dolphins answered and outscored the Lady ’Cats 29-22 during the remaining time in regulation.
            Dasha Adams led DCC with 11 points (six rebounds, three steals), while Gabriell Delaune (nine rebounds) and Nya Duhe (five rebounds) added 10 each. Shakire Braxton scored five, Kayla Smothers three, and Gabriela Duvernay, Kadia Garner, and Bronte’ Tate, two a piece.
            Deantra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer from Houston, Tex., led the Lady Wildcats with 10 points (two treys, three steals, three assists, two blocks), while Pulliam (eight rebounds), Kaci Sisson of Quitman High, and Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson (five steals) scored nine a piece. Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville High added eight (five rebounds, five steals), Iesha Dixon of Hinds AHS and Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High, six each, Skyiesha Moss of Quitman High four, and Vamikka Smith out of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala., and Tamera Williams of Hinds AHS (three steals), three each.
            Pearl River was 20 of 38 (52.6 percent) at the foul line to Delgado’s 18-of-30 (60 percent) effort, while the Lady Dolphins hit a dismal 28.9 percent (13 of 45) from the field to the Lady Wildcats’ 42.9 percent (21 of 49) effort. From three-point range, DCC was one of nine (11.1 percent), while PRCC was five of 15 (33.3 percent).
            Delgado held an edge in rebounding grabbing 39 (13 offensive, 25 defensive) to The River’s 38 (12 offensive, 26 defensive), while the Lady Wildcats committed 24 turnovers to the Lady Dolphins’ 25.
            In the men’s game, the Dolphins led briefly in the opening minutes, but the Wildcats wound up taking a double digit lead at the 10:27 mark of the first half when Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., sank a pair of foul shot to make it 24-14. After Delgado answered with a 7-5 run to pull to within eight, The River retaliated with a impressive 24-8 scoring surge to take a 53-29 advantage at the halftime break.
            Pearl River built its lead to as much as 28 points in the second half, while Delgado ended the game with a 10-4 scoring run in the final two minutes.
            Reginald Pitts paced the Dolphins with a game-high 22 points (three treys, five assists, three steals), while Ralston Morris added 16 (two treys, five rebounds), Curtis Winding nine, David Williams seven (five assists), Sampson James and Mikal Mazik, four each; and Jeremy Smith one (five rebounds, three steals).
            Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High led the Wildcats with 21 (four treys, five assists, five steals), including an 88 percent (eight of nine) effort from the field and an 80 percent (four of five) showing from three-point range. Bernard added 16 (two blocks), including an eight-of-nine effort at the foul line, while DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High scored 14 (eight assists, two treys), Bryant McGee of West Marion High 12 (eight rebounds) and an 85.7 percent (six of seven) effort from the field, Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High six (seven rebounds), Irishma Bowie of Morton High and Joshua Johnson out of Carroll High in Monroe, La., five each; Rakeem Esco of Canton High three (three assists), Sullivan Bell of Picayune High two, and Devontae Foye of Hattiesburg High one (two blocks).
Pearl River was 17 of 20 (85 percent) at the foul line to Delgado’s 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) effort, while the Dolphins hit 40 percent (22 of 55) from the field to the Wildcats’ impressive 54.5 percent (30 of 55) showing. From three-point range, DCC was seven of 17 (41.2 percent), while PRCC was eight of 18 (41.2 percent).
            The River dominated the boards with 37 rebounds (12 offensive, 25 defensive) to Delgado’s 27 (12 offensive, 15 defensive), while each team committed 14 turnovers.
            The two schools eye rematches Saturday, Jan. 4, in New Orleans (women 2 p.m., men 4 p.m.).
            Pearl River’s men return to action Monday when the William Carey University junior varsity visits Shivers Gymnasium for a 6 p.m. contest, while both PRCC squads hit the road for MACJC non-division foe Mississippi Delta in Moorhead Thursday, Nov. 14, for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games.
NJCAA Women’s & Men’s Basketball Games
Played Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 @ Poplarville, MS
Halftime: 42-16 (PRCC)
DELGADO (0-2): Dasha Adams 11 (6 RB, 3 steals), Gabriell Delaune 10 (9 RB), Nya Duhe 10 (5 RB), Shakire Braxton 5, Kayla Smothers 3, Gabriela Duvernay 2, Kadia Garner 2, Bronte’ Tate 2.
PEARL RIVER (1-0): Deantra Darjean 10 (2 treys, 3 steals, 3 assists, 2 blocks), Essence Pulliam 9 (8 RB), Kaci Sisson 9, Kalisha Washington 9 (5 steals), Tamesha Horne 8 (5 RB, 5 steals), Iesha Dixon 6, Shanta’ Echols 6, Skyiesha Moss 4, Vamikka Smith 3, Tamera Wlliams 3 (3 steals).
FREE THROWS: PRCC — 20 of 38 (52.6%), DCC — 18 of 30 (60.0%).
FIELD GOALS: PRCC — 21 of 49 (42.9%), DCC — 13 of 45 (28.9%).
THREE POINTERS: PRCC — 5 of 15 (33.3%), DCC — 1 of 9 (11.1%).
REBOUNDS: PRCC — 38 (12 offensive, 26 defensive), DCC — 39 (14 offensive, 25 defensive).
Halftime: 53-29 (PRCC)
DELGADO (0-2): Reginald Pitts 22 (3 treys, 5 assists, 3 steals), Ralston Morris 16 (2 treys, 5 RB), Curtis Winding 9, David Williams 7 (5 assists), Sampson James 4, Mikal Mazik 4, Jeremy Smith 1 (5 RB, 3 steals).
PEARL RIVER (2-0): Jeremy Hollimon 21 (4 treys, 4 of 5 treys, 8 of 9 FG, 4 RB, 5 assists, 5 steals), Kaven Bernard 16 (8 of 9 FT, 2 blocks), DeAngelo Coleman 14 (8 assists, 2 treys), Bryant McGee 12 (8 RB, 6 of 7 FG), Lester Crosby 6 (7 RB), Irishman Bowie 5, Joshua Johnson 5, Rakeem Esco 3 (3 assists), Sullivan Bell 2, Devontae Foye 1 (2 blocks).
FREE THROWS: PRCC — 17 of 20 (85.0%), DCC — 12 of 19 (63.2%).
FIELD GOALS: PRCC — 30 of 55 (54.5%), DCC — 22 of 55 (40.0%).
THREE POINTERS: PRCC — 8 of 18 (44.4%), DCC — 7 of 17 (41.2%).
REBOUNDS: PRCC — 37 (12 offensive, 25 defensive), DCC — 27 (12 offensive, 15 defensive).
NOTE: Pearl River and Delgado eye women’s and men’s rematches Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men) in New Orleans.
UP NEXT: Pearl River’s men return to action Monday when the William Carey University junior varsity visits Shivers Gymnasium for a 6 p.m. contest, while both PRCC squads hit the road for MACJC non-division foe Mississippi Delta in Moorhead Thursday, Nov. 14, for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games.

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