River splits with Delta

            POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College split with Mississippi Delta in women and men’s MACJC non-division basketball action here Thursday.
            The Lady Wildcats avenged a 66-64 loss to the Lady Trojans earlier in the season with an 80-71 victory, while the Wildcats picked up their first loss of the year with a 61-58 setback to the visiting Trojans. PRCC’s men smacked MDCC 66-54 Nov. 14 in Moorhead.
            The Lady Wildcats improved to 5-1 overall, while the Wildcats dropped to 9-1. MDCC’s women fell to 6-4, while its men are now 6-6.
            In the women’s game, Pearl River led the entire game and built a lead to as many as 16 points in the first half. The Lady Wildcats led 40-27 at the intermission, but the Lady Trojans had a 44-40 second half advantage only to come up 10 points shy of victory.
            Krystal Nailer led MDCC with 19 points (six rebounds), while Ashanti Spence added 18 (two treys, nine rebounds, five steals), including a six-of-seven effort at the foul line. Niya Head scored eight (six rebounds), India Overstreet seven (four rebounds), Kalesha Williams six (three assists), Aqueshia Kimble four (five rebounds), Tarameisha Young three, and Jasmine Joyner, Alexus Ward, and Mary Washington, two each.
            Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson paced the Lady Wildcats with a season-high 26 points (three rebounds, three assists), including a four-for-four effort at the foul line, while Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High added 20 (five rebounds), Deandra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex., 13 (11 rebounds, three assists), Essence Pulliam out of Forest Hill High in Jackson nine (six rebounds, two blocks, two steals), Kaci Sisson of Quitman High four (three assists), and Tiana Dampeer of Lawrence County High, Jalonda Jones of Quitman High, Vamikka Smith out of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala. (12 rebounds, two steals), and Tamera Williams of Hinds AHS, two a piece.
            Pearl River hit 48.5 percent (32 of 66) from the field to Mississippi Delta’s 36.8 percent (28 of 76), while PRCC was three of 15 (20 percent) from three-point range to MDCC’s three-of-21 (14.3 percent) effort. At the foul line, the Lady Wildcats were 13 of 21 (61.9 percent), while the Lady Trojans were 12 of 20 (60 percent).
The River grabbed 47 rebounds (15 offensive, 32 defensive), while Delta hauled in 44 (20 offensive, 24 defensive). PRCC had 19 turnovers in the game to MDCC’s 14.
            In the men’s game, the Trojans took the lead early, but the Wildcats battled back to tie it up at 10-10 at the 11:05 mark of the first half before taking the lead off a three pointer by Irishma Bowie of Morton High a minute later. The River built its lead to as much as eight points before Marquarius Boddie banged in three straight treys to give Delta a 27-25 edge with 2:10 left before the break. Bryant McGee of West Marion High sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to cut MDCC’s lead to 29-28 at the intermission.
            The lead exchanged hands four times in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Boddie hit another three with 8:12 left to put the Trojans up 47-46 and the visitors never relinquished their lead. Pearl River kept it close the rest of the way, even pulling to within one point --- 59-58 --- with 14.8 seconds left off a three by Troy State signee Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High.
            Boddie paced MDCC with a game-high 21 points (three rebounds), including a six-of-nine effort from three-point range, while Kevin Young scored 10 (seven rebounds), Anthony Mabon (six assists, two steals), Johnny Rucker (six rebounds, three steals), and Nathaniel Watkins, seven a piece, James Evans six (14 rebounds, three blocks, two steals), Michael Sapp two, and Deandre Lacy one.
            Hollimon led PRCC with 14 points (three treys), while Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High scored 13 (11 rebounds, three blocks), Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., six (seven rebounds, two blocks), Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High (three assists) and Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson (four rebounds), five each, Louisiana-Monroe signee Rakeem Esco of Canton High and McGee (four rebounds), four each, Bowie three (four rebounds, two steals), and Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High (three rebounds) and Joshua Johnson out of Carroll High in Monroe, La. (four rebounds, two steals), two each.
            Pearl River hit a dismal 28.6 percent (18 of 63) from the field to Mississippi Delta’s 38.5 percent (20 of 52) showing, while the Wildcats were five of 16 (31.3 percent) from three-point range to the Trojans’ amazing seven-of-11 (63.6 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 17 of 25 (68 percent), while MDCC was 14 of 25 (56 percent).
The River led on the boards with 46 rebounds (25 offensive, 21 defensive) to Delta’s 42 (15 offensive, 27 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 11 turnovers to the Trojans’ 14.
PRCC returns to the hard court Monday when MACJC South Division rival Mississippi Gulf Coast visits Shivers Gymnasium for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games, then The River hits the road for Southwest Mississippi in Summit next Thursday for South Division contests at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men).
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MACJC Non-Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 @ Poplarville, MS
Pearl River 80, Miss. Delta 71
First Half: 40-27 (PRCC)
Second Half: 44-40 (MDCC)
Miss. Delta (6-5): Krystal Nailer 19 (6 RB), Ashanti Spencer 18 (2 treys, 6 of 7 FT, 9 RB, 5 steals), Niya Head 8 (6 RB), India Overstreet 7 (4 RB), Kalesha Williams 6 (3 assists), Aqueshia Kimble 4 (5 RB), Tarameisha Young 3, Jasmine Joyner 2, Alexus Ward 2, Mary Washington 2.
Pearl River (5-1): Kalisha Washington 26 (3 RB, 3 assists, 4 of 4 FT), Shanta’ Echols 20 (5 RB), Deandra Darjean 13 (11 RB, 3 assists), Essence Pulliam 9 (6 RB, 2 blocks, 2 steals), Kaci Sisson 4 (3 assists), Tiana Dampeer 2, Jalonda Jones 2, Vamikka Smith 2 (12 RB, 2 steals), Tamera Williams 2.
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 32 of 66 (48.5%), Miss. Delta – 28 of 76 (36.8%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 3 of 15 (20.0%), Miss. Delta – 3 of 21 (14.3%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 13 of 21 (61.9%), Miss. Delta – 12 of 20 (60.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 47 (15 offensive, 32 defensive), Miss. Delta – 44 (20 offensive, 24 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 19, Miss. Delta – 14.
Miss. Delta 61, Pearl River 58
First Half: 29-26 (MDCC)
Second Half: 32-32 (Tie)
Miss. Delta (6-6): Marquarius Boddie 21 (6 of 9 treys, 3 RB), Kevin Young 10 (7 RB), Anthony Mabon 7 (6 assists, 2 steals), Johnny Rucker 7 (6 RB, 3 steals), Nathaniel Watkins 7, James Evans 6 (14 RB, 3 blocks, 2 steals), Michael Sapp 2, Deandre Lacy 1.
Pearl River (9-1): Jeremy Hollimon 14 (3 treys), Lester Crosby 13 (11 RB, 3 blocks), Kaven Bernard 6 (7 RB, 2 blocks), DeAngelo Coleman 5 (3 assists), Quintarius Porte 5 (4 RB), Rakeem Esco 4, Bryant McGee 4 (4 RB), Irishma Bowie 3 (4 RB, 2 steals), Devontai Foye 2 (3 RB), Joshua Johnson 2 (4 RB, 2 steals).
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 18 of 63 (28.6%), Miss. Delta – 20 of 52 (38.5%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 5 of 16 (31.3%), Miss. Delta – 7 of 11 (63.6 %).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 17 of 25 (68.0%), Miss. Delta – 14 of 25 (56.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 46 (25 offensive, 21 defensive), Miss. Delta – 42 (15 offensive, 27 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 11, Miss. Delta – 14.
UP NEXT: PRCC returns to the hard court Monday when MACJC South Division rival Mississippi Gulf Coast visits Shivers Gymnasium for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games, then The River hits the road for Southwest Mississippi in Summit next Thursday for South Division contests at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men).

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