River smashes Hinds

            POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College picked a pair of impressive women’s and men’s MACJC South Division basketball victories over Hinds here Friday with the Lady Wildcats taking a 58-39 win, while the Wildcats were 70-59 victors.
            The contests were originally scheduled for Thursday, but were moved to Friday due to icy conditions.
            PRCC’s women improved to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in division play, while its men are now 11-5 and 4-4. HCC’s women remain winless at 0-17 and 0-8, while its men fell to4-13 and 1-7.
            In the women’s game, the visiting Lady Bulldogs never led, but managed to knot things up at 3-3 in the opening four minutes. With 6:46 left before the break, Laporshia Mitchell’s basket cut The River’s lead to 16-13, but that was as close as Hinds would get.
            From that point, Pearl River closed out the half with a dominating 21-6 scoring run to take a lopsided 37-19 lead at the intermission.
            The Lady Wildcats opened the second half with an 11-4 scoring surge for their biggest lead of the night --- 48-23 --- with 13:04 left, but the Lady Bulldogs wrapped the game with a 16-10 run only to suffer a 19-point defeat.
            Hinds had no double digit scorers, but Felecia Guynes (four rebounds), Latorya Richmond, and Sharlandria Winston (seven rebounds, two blocks) scored six points a piece, while Alisha Guynes added five (six rebounds), Taneshia Harris and Laporshia Mitchell (six rebounds, five steals), four each, Rajee McDonald three, Mozetta Greenwood and Shegredda Shorter (four rebounds), two each, and Alexis Hawthorne one.
            Deantra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex. (five assists, seven steals, four rebounds), and Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High (10 rebounds) paced The River with 13 points each, while Taylor Brister, an East Central CC transfer from Prentiss,  scored 10 (two treys), Kaci Sisson of Quitman High seven, Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville High (four rebounds) and Skyiesha Moss of Quitman High (five rebounds, two blocks), five each, Jalonda Jones of Quitman High and Tamera Williams of Hinds AHS (four assists), two each, and Iesha Dixon of Hinds AHS one.
Pearl River hit 35 percent (21 of 60) from the field to Hinds’ 28.3 percent (17 of 60), while the Lady Wildcats were five of nine (55.6 percent) from three-point range to the Lady Bulldogs’ one-of-six (16.7 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 11 of 20 (55 percent), while HCC was four of eight (50 percent). Pearl River dominated the boards with 53 rebounds (26 offensive, 27 defensive), while Hinds had 37 (18 offensive, 19 defensive). PRCC committed 32 turnovers in the contest to HCC’s 31.
            The men’s game went similarly to the women’s. Hinds never took the lead even though it managed to tie the score twice in the first half.
            Ladarrius Drain slammed in a bucket with 24.7 left before the break to knot things up at 25-25, but Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High banged in a trey with six seconds left to give the Wildcats a 28-25 edge at the intermission.
            In the second half, the Bulldogs kept it relatively close, but Troy State (Ala.) signee Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High hit two threes and a two over a two-minute span to give the Wildcats their largest lead of the night at 44-32 with 13:09 left.
            Hinds fought back with a 7-2 run to pull to within seven over the next four minutes, but The River answered with an 10-4 surge to rebuild its lead to double digits --- 56-43 --- with 5:32 remaining. The Bulldogs managed to outscore Pearl River 16-14 the rest of the way only to come up 12 points shy of victory.
            Derrick Little led Hinds with 17 points (three assists), while Dela Mayers added 11 (four rebounds), Eddie Walker nine (five rebounds), Drain seven (six rebounds), Clayton Tate six (three assists), Victor Price five, and Marvin Brown (four rebounds) and Rod Taylor, two each.
            Hollimon paced the Wildcats with a game-high 20 points (two treys, four rebounds), while Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., added 17 (five rebounds), Coleman 14 (10 assists, two treys, three steals), Bryant McGee of West Marion High nine (six rebounds), Joshua Johnson out of Carroll High in Monroe, La., three, Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High, Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High, and Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson, two a piece, and Louisiana-Monroe signee Rakeem Esco of Canton High one.
Pearl River hit 47.9 percent (23 of 48) from the field to Hinds’ 41.9 percent (18 of 43) showing, while the Wildcats were five of 16 (31.3 percent) from three-point range to the Bulldogs’ three-of-11 (27.3 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 19 of 24 (79.2 percent), while HCC was 20 of 25 (80 percent).
The River finished with 27 rebounds (eight offensive, 19 defensive) to Hinds’ 30 (10 offensive, 20 defensive), while the Wildcats committed seven turnovers to the Bulldogs’ 14.
PRCC swept Hinds in previous South Division meetings played Dec. 5 in Utica with the Lady Wildcats taking a 76-50 victory, while the Wildcats were 85-59 winners.
PRCC returns to action when it travels to South Division foe East Central Monday for 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) contests before arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast plays host in Perkinston Thursday for 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) games.
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MACJC South Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 @ Poplarville, MS
Pearl River 58, Hinds 39
First Half: 37-19 (PRCC)
Second Half: 21-20 (PRCC)
Hinds (0-17, 0-8): Felicia Guynes 6 (4 RB), Latorya Richmond 6, Sharlandria Winston 6 (7 RB, 2 blocks), Alisha Guynes 5 (6 RB), Taneshia Harris 4, Laporshia Mitchell 4 (6 RB, 5 steals), Rajee McDonald 3, Mozetta Greenwood 2, Shegredda Shorter 2 (4 RB), Alexis Hawthorne 1.
Pearl River (11-3, 6-2): Deantra Darjean 13 (5 assists, 7 steals, 4 RB), Shanta’ Echols 13 (10 RB), Taylor Brister 10 (2 treys), Kaci Sisson 7, Tamesha Horne 5 (4 RB), Skyiesha Moss 5 (5 RB, 2 blocks), Jalonda Jones 2, Tamera Williams 2 (4 assists), Iesha Dixon 1.
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 21 of 60 (35.0%), Hinds – 17 of 60 (28.3%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 5 of 9 (55.6%), Hinds – 1 of 6 (16.7%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 11 of 20 (55.0%), Hinds – 4 of 8 (50.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 53 (26 offensive, 27 defensive), Hinds – 37 (18 offensive, 19 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 32, Hinds 31.

Pearl River 70, Hinds 59
First Half: 28-25 (PRCC)
Second Half: 42-34 (PRCC)
Hinds (4-13, 1-7): Derrick Little 17 (3 assists), Dela Mayers 11 (4 RB), Eddie Walker 9 (5 RB), LaDarrius Drain 7 (6 RB), Clayton Tate 6 (3 assists), Victor Price 5, Marvin Brown 2 (4 RB), Rod Taylor 2.
Pearl River (11-5, 4-4): Jeremy Hollimon 20 (2 treys, 4 RB), Kaven Bernard 17 (5 RB), DeAngelo Coleman 14 (10 assists, 2 treys, 3 steals), Bryant McGee 9 (6 RB), Joshua Johnson 3, Lester Crosby 2, Devontai Foye 2, Quintarius Porter 2, Rakeem Esco 1.
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 23 of 48 (47.9%), Hinds – 18 of 43 (41.9%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 5 of 16 (31.3%), Hinds – 3 of 11 (27.3%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 19 of 24 (79.2%), Hinds – 20 of 25 (80.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 27 (8 offensive, 19 defensive), Hinds – 30 (10 offensive, 20 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 7, Hinds 14.
NOTE: Pearl River swept Hinds in previous meetings Dec. 5 in Utica with the Lady Wildcats winning 76-50 and the Wildcats winning 85-59.
UP NEXT: PRCC returns to action when it travels to South Division foe East Central Monday for contests at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) before arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast plays host in Perkinston Thursday for 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men games).

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