POPLARVILLE — Pearl River Community College split with rival Holmes in Shivers Gym here Monday in MACJC non-division women’s and men’s basketball action with the Lady Wildcats falling 54-51, while the Wildcat squad pulled off a convincing 72-58 victory.
PRCC’s women evened their overall mark at 1-1, while its men remain unbeaten at 2-0. Both Holmes teams are now 2-1.
In the women’s game, Pearl River led for practically the entire first half, but Lady Bulldog Tamia Grady sank a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left before the break to give the visitors a 25-24 edge at the intermission.
In the second half, the lead changed four times in the first four-plus minutes, but Jessica Miles pulled off a three-point play at the 15:15 mark to HCC a 32-28 edge and the Lady Bulldogs never looked back.
Miles’ antics kicked off a 10-2 Holmes run that pumped its lead to 41-30 — its largest of the game — with 12:50 left. The Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Bulldogs 21-13 from there on out only to come up four points shy of victory.
Pearl River hit 57.1 percent (eight of 14) from the free throw line to Holmes’ impressive 84.2 percent (16 of 19), while the Lady Wildcats were 20 of 54 (37 percent) from the field to the Lady Bulldogs’ 17-of-52 (32.7 percent) effort. From three-point range, PRCC was three of six (50 percent), while HCC was four of 11 (36.4 percent).
The River was crushed in rebounding with 30 (12 offensive, 18 defensive) to Holmes’ 43 (18 offensive, 25 defensive). The Lady Bulldogs committed 31 turnovers in the game to the Lady Wildcats’ 18.
Grady led HCC with a game-high 17 points, including a perfect nine-for-nine effort at the foul line, while Denesha Dillard added 16 (three treys), Shanese Carter eight (five rebounds), Jessica Miles four (seven rebounds), and Dasha Adams, Krystal Baker, and Jasmine Edwards, three a piece. Taylor Williams also had seven rebounds.
Valescia Dixon of East Marion High paced The River with 11 points (six rebounds), while Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson added eight (eight steals, three assists), Jeronda Beason of Poplarville High, Chaquita McGee of Yazoo City High (three assists), and Daiquari Raine of Poplarville High (three steals), seven a piece; Coutney Osler of Puckett High three, and Francheska Bowman out of Choctaw High in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Shanise Griffin out of William Sullivan High in Durant, Rebekah Harwell of Iwakuni, Japan, and Lolecia Richardson out of Provine High in Jackson, two a piece.
In the men’s game, the score was tied six times and the lead exchanged hands three times in the first half. Pearl River’s Demondre Harvey of Minden (La.) High scored the game’s opening basket, but the Wildcats wouldn’t regain the lead until DeAngelo Coleman out of South Pike High in Magnolia sank one of his two threes on the night to put PRCC up14-11 with 12:10 left before the break.
Holmes went up 17-15 off a goal tending violation by the Wildcats two minutes later, then 19-17 off a bucket by Donnell Thomas. The Wildcats immediately tied it up off a basket by Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High before taking the lead for good off a pair of foul shots by Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High. That kicked off an 18-8 run by PRCC to make it 39-27 at the half.
Pearl River opened the second half with a dominating 13-6 scoring surge to push its lead to 52-33 — its largest of the game — and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
The River hit 70.4 percent (19 of 27) from the free throw line to Holmes’ 60.9 percent (14 of 23), while the Wildcats were 24 of 46 (52.2 percent) from the field to the Bulldogs’ 21-of-55 (38.2 percent) effort. From three-point range, PRCC was five of 15 (33.3 percent) and HCC was two of eight (25 percent).
Holmes finished the game with 29 rebounds (12 offensive, 17 defensive) to Pearl River’s 38 (nine offensive, 29 defensive), while the Bulldogs committed 18 turnovers to the Wildcats’ 19.
Travis Johns led HCC with 15 points, while Tamarico Wilson added 14, Deandre Scott 10, Daveon Slaughter seven (five rebounds), Daniel Francis and Demarcus Lewis (five rebounds, four each; and Kenitric Gillum and Kelvin Smith, two each.
U.S. Air Force Academy transfer Daniel Grieves, who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, paced the Wildcats with a game-and-career-high 19 points (three treys), while Harvey added 15 (eight rebounds), Coleman 12 (two treys), Holliman 10 (three assists), including a six-for-six effort at the foul line; Xavian Rimmer, an Alcorn State transfer who prepped at Piney Woods School near Jackson, seven; Foye four, Kaven Bernard out of Provine High in Jackson three, and Frank Snow, an Angelina (Tex.) JC transfer from Wellington, Fla., two.
Pearl River and Holmes eye rematches Thursday, Nov. 15, in Goodman at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).
PRCC returns to action Thursday when it travels to Delgado (La.) in New Orleans for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games before MACJC non-division foe Mississippi Delta visits Shivers Gym Monday, Nov. 12, for contests at the same game times.