River splits at East Central

DECATUR — Pearl River Community College split with East Central in MACJC women’s and men’s South Division basketball action here Monday with the Lady Wildcats falling 67-41, while the Wildcat squad was a convincing 81-66 winner.
            PRCC women dropped to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in division play, while its men improved to 7-1 and 2-0. ECC, which opened its South Division schedule against The River, saw its women improve to 3-6 and 1-0; while its men remain winless at 0-9 and 0-1.
            In the women’s game, the Lady Warriors led 36-24 at the intermission before out-scoring the Lady Wildcats 31-17 in the second half to take the 26-point victory.
            Daiquari Raine of Poplarville High led PRCC with nine points and nine rebounds, while Jeronda Beason, also of Poplarville High, added eight; Valescia Dixon of East Marion High eight (six rebounds), Joy Grimsley of Petal High five, Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson four (five rebounds, three assists, three steals), Francheska Bowman out of Choctaw High in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (six rebounds, two blocks), Rebekah Harwell out of M.C. Perry High in Iwakuni, Japan (three steals), and Wisdom James of Durant High, two a piece; and Shanise Griffin out of William Sullivan High in Durant one.
            Three Lady Warriors hit in double figures. Jaianah Matthew led the way with a game-high 20 points (10 assists, seven rebounds, four treys, four steals), while Tyneisa Mickens added 18 (five rebounds, three assists, three steals), Xzandra Dowd 11 (13 rebounds, eight steals), Jakela Johnson nine (eight rebounds, four steals), Niya Hughes seven, and Chelsea Campbell and Reneisha Evans (three steals), one each.
            Pearl River hit 53.8 percent (14 of 26) from the free-throw line to East Central’s 42.9 percent (12 of 28), while the Lady Wildcats were 13 of 59 (22 percent) from the field to the Lady Warriors’ 24-of-63 (38.1 percent) effort. From three-point range, PRCC was one of nine (11.1 percent), while ECC was seven of 22 (31.8 percent).
            The River had a slight advantage on the boards with 52 rebounds (22 offensive, 30 defensive) to East Central’s 50 (18 offensive, 32 defensive). The Lady Wildcats committed 35 turnovers in the game to the Lady Warriors’ 25.
            In the men’s game, Pearl River led 38-32 at the break broke loose with a 43-34 advantage in the second half to take the 15-point victory.
            Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., paced the Wildcats with a career and game-high 17 points, including a seven-for-seven effort at the foul line; while Xavian Rimmer, an Alcorn State transfer who prepped at Piney Woods School near Jackson, added 15 (seven rebounds, four treys). Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High scored 13 (seven rebounds), Frank Snow, a San Angelina CC (Tex.) transfer from Wellington, Fla., eight (career-high 12 rebounds, three blocks); DeMondre Harvey of Minden (La.) High seven (five rebounds), DeAngelo Coleman out of South Pike High in Magnolia six (four assists), Daniel Grieves, a U.S. Air Force Academy transfer who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, five (six rebounds, four assists); Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High (three assists) and Jimmy Henderson, a Northwest Mississippi CC transfer who prepped at Houston (Miss.) High, three each; and Rakeem Esco of Canton High and Davontai Foye of Hattiesburg High, two each.
            Aquill Baynard led the Warriors with 16 points (10 rebounds), while Hakeem Wesley scored 15 (three steals), Akeem Toppin 14, Walter Evans five (five rebounds), Bobby Wrench four, Chris Rhoney (four assists) and Johnny Thompson, three each; and Tyler Anderson, TeJiminon Leatherwood, and Keivondre Watford, two a piece.
            Pearl River hit 66.6 percent (20 of 30) from the free-throw line to East Central’s 50 percent (six of 12), while the Wildcats were 27 of 60 (45 percent) from the field to the Warriors’ 27-of-77 (35.1 percent) effort. From three-point range, PRCC was seven of 22 (31.8 percent), while ECC was six of 25 (24 percent).
            The River dominated the boards with 53 rebounds (15 offensive, 38 defensive) to East Central’s 42 (17 offensive, 25 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 18 turnovers to the Warriors’ 14.
            Pearl River and East Central eye South Division rematches Monday, Feb. 4, in Poplarville.
            The River returns to action when it hosts Delgado (La.) Thursday at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) in the two teams’ last games before the Christmas holiday break.

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