River splits at Co-Lin

        WESSON --- Pearl River split with rival Copiah-Lincoln in women’s and men’s MACJC South Division basketball action here Monday with the home-standing Lady Wolfpack pulling off a convincing 78-59 victory, while the Wildcats snapped a five-game losing streak with a 70-56 victory.
            PRCC’s women dropped to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in division play, while its men improved to 10-5 and 3-4. CLCC’s women are now 10-6 and 3-4, while its men are 8-8 and 4-3.
            In the women’s game, Co-Lin led 32-23 at the intermission before outscoring The River 46-36 in the second half to take the 19-point victory.
            Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville High led the Lady Wildcats with 11 points, while Skyiesha Moss off Quitman High and Vamikka Smith out of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala. (five rebounds), scored nine each. Essence Pulliam out of Forest Hill High in Jackson added seven (six rebounds), Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High five (eight rebounds), Jalonda Jones of Quitman High four, Deantra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex., Iesha Dixon of Hinds AHS, and Tamera Williams of Hinds AHS, three a piece, Elisha Ray out of Yates High in Houston, Tex., and Kaci Sisson of Quitman High, two each, and Taylor Brister, an East Central CC transfer from Prentiss, one.
            Ashley Minor paced the Lady Wolfpack with a game-high 25 points, while Caroline Lumpkin scored 13, Tyrisha Patterson 10, Jessica Wilson eight, Claresa Banks seven, Tyra Gibson five, and Kiera Banks, Kierra Collins, Maleah Isaac, Brittany McDuffey, and Keyana Miller, two a piece.
Pearl River hit 31.7 percent (20 of 63) from the field to Copiah-Lincoln’s 44.2 percent (27 of 61), while the Lady Wildcats were two of 13 (15.4 percent) from three-point range to the Lady Wolves’ two-of-15 (13.3 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 17 of 27 (63 percent), while CLCC was an impressive 21 of 23 (91.3 percent). Co-Lin led on the boards with 44 rebounds (13 offensive, 31 defensive) to Pearl River’s 39 (18 offensive, 21 defensive), while PRCC had 23 turnovers to CLCC’s 22.
In the men’s game, the Wildcats led 37-29 the break before outscoring the Wolfpack 33-27 in the second half to pick up their first win since Dec. 9’s division victory over East Central in Poplarville.
            Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., paced the Wildcats with a game-high 22 points (eight rebounds), while Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High and Troy State signee Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High (five rebounds) added 13 each. Bryant McGee of West Marion High scored six, Louisiana-Monroe signee Rakeem Esco of Canton High five (five rebounds), Sullivan Bell of Picayune High and Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson, four each, Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High two, and Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High one.
            Michael Vardaman led the Wolfpack with 17, Eric Smith 13, Jordan Lumpkins and Terry Morris, six each, Lajustin Anderson five, Terrence James four, Corey Cox three, and Ricky Kelly two.
Pearl River hit an impressive 51.2 percent (22 of 43) from the field to Copiah-Lincoln’s 34.5 percent (19 of 55) showing, while the Wildcats were three of 12 (25 percent) from three-point range to the Wolves’ four-of-16 (25 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 23 of 34 (67.6 percent), while CLCC was 14 of 18 (77.8 percent).
The River finished with 35 boards (nine offensive, 26 defensive) to Co-Lin’s 30 (13 offensive, 17 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 15 turnovers to the Wolfpack’s 14.
The two schools eye South Division women’s and men’s rematches Thursday, Feb. 20, in Poplarville.
PRCC returns to the hard court Thursday when hosts Hinds for more South Division action in Shivers Gym at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) before traveling to division foe East Central next Monday for contests at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men).
 
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PEARL RIVER @ COPIAH-LINCOLN
MACJC South Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 @ Wesson, MS
 
WOMEN
Copiah Lincoln 78, Pearl River 59
First Half: 32-23 (CLCC)
Second Half: 46-36 (CLCC)
 
SCORERS
Pearl River (10-3, 5-2): Tamesha Horne 11, Skyiesha Moss 9, Vamikka Smith 9 (5 RB), Essence Pulliam 7 (6 RB), Shanta’ Echols 5 (8 RB), Jalonda Jones 4, Deantra Darjean 3, Iesha Dixon 3, Tamera Williams 3, Elisha Ray 2, Kaci Sisson 2, Taylor Brister 1.
 
Copiah-Lincoln (10-6, 3-4): Ashley Minor 25, Caroline Lumpkin 13, Tyrisha Patterson 10, Jessica Wilson 8, Claresa Banks 7, Tyra Gibson 5, Kiera Banks 2, Kierra Collins 2, Maleah Isaac 2, Brittany McDuffey 2, Keyana Miller 2.
 
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 20 of 63 (31.7%), Co-Lin – 27 of 61 (44.2%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 2 of 13 (15.4%), Co-Lin – 2 of 15 (13.3%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 17 of 27 (63.0%), Co-Lin – 21 of 23 (91.3%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 39 (18 offensive, 21 defensive), Co-Lin – 44 (13 offensive, 31 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 23, Co-Lin 22.

MEN
Pearl River 70, Copiah-Lincoln 56
First Half: 37-29 (PRCC)
Second Half: 33-27 (PRCC)
 
SCORERS
Pearl River (10-5, 3-4): Kaven Bernard 22 (8 RB), DeAngelo Coleman 13, Jeremy Hollimon 13 (5 RB), Bryant McGee 6, Rakeem Esco 5 (5 RB), Sullivan Bell 4, Quintarius Porter 4, Lester Crosby 2, Devontai Foye 1.
 
Copiah-Lincoln (8-8, 4-3): Michael Vardaman 17, Eric Smith 13, Jordan Lumpkins 6, Terry Morris 6, Lajustin Anderson 5, Terrence James 4, Corey Cox 3, Ricky Kelly 2.
 
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 22 of 43 (51.2%), Co-Lin – 19 of 55 (34.5%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 3 of 12 (25.0%), Co-Lin – 4 of 16 (25.0%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 23 of 34 (67.6%), Co-Lin – 14 of 18 (77.8%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 35 (9 offensive, 26 defensive), Co-Lin – 30 (13 offensive, 17 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 15, Co-Lin 14.
 
NOTE: Pearl River and Copiah-Lincoln eye South Division women’s and men’s rematches Thursday, Feb. 20, in Poplarville.
 
UP NEXT: PRCC returns to the hard court when hosts Hinds Thursday for more South Division action at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) before traveling to division foe East Central next Monday for contests at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men).

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