POPLARVILLE Pearl River Community College swept Delgado CC (La.) in NJCAA women and men basketball action here Thursday to wrap up its pre-Christmas holiday portion of its 2011-2012 season.The Lady Wildcats dropped the visiting Lady Dolphins 60-54 to improve to 5-4 overall, while the Wildcats were 77-61 winners and evened their record to 5-5. DCC women, who fell to PRCC 61-40 in a previous meeting played Dec. 1 in New Orleans, dropped to 1-10, while its men, who were 84-81 winner Dec. 1, fell to 10-2.In the women game, Pearl River boasted a dominating 34-16 lead at the intermission, but Delgado outscored the Lady Wildcats 38-26 in the second half only to come up six points shy of victory.Claudia Tasker led the Lady Dolphins with a game-high 21 points, while Aerion Banks added 11 (four rebounds), Kayla Jackson six (five rebounds), Daykosha Brown five (five rebounds), Jacqueline Breland and Andralina Marshell, four each; and Kirsten Black three.Shanta Echols of Sumrall High paced PRCC with 12 points (nine rebounds), while Samantha Gunn, a Canton native who prepped at Velma Jackson High (six rebounds), and Shana Ward, an East Central CC transfer from Carthage, added eight each. Quentessa Bullock of East Marion High had seven, Toy Johnson of Pascagoula High six (four steals), Branita Malone out of Choctaw High in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (10 rebounds), Chaquita McGee of Yazoo City High (five assists), and Daiquari Raine of Poplarville High (eight rebounds), four a piece; Stephanie Fratesi out of Washington High in Leland and Lolecia Richardson out of Provine High in Jackson (four rebounds), three each; and Alayna Bridges of Oak Grove High one.Delgado hit 33.3 percent (16 of 48) from the field to Pearl River 40.2 percent (21 of 52) effort, while the Lady Dolphins also hit 33.3 percent (five of 15) from three-point range to the Lady Wildcats 42.9 percent (six of 14). At the foul line, DCC was 17 of 27 (63 percent), while PRCC was 12 of 24 (50 percent).Pearl River dominated the boards with 51 rebounds (19 offensive, 32 defensive) to Delgado 30 (nine offensive, 21 defensive), while PRCC committed 29 turnovers to DCC 24.In the men game, Pearl River boasted eight-point leads at the end of both halves, leading 28-20 at the midway break before putting up a 49-41 advantage in the second half.Melvin Davis led the Dolphins with 21 points (seven rebounds, three assists), while Rashun Claiborne added 10 (seven rebounds), Richard Bienvenu six, Dylan Parfait five, Quinton Bernard, Jamon Gray, and Jauries Thomas, four a piece; Jalen Jones three (four rebounds), and Justin Harris and Tyson Magee, two each.Daron Bell of Bay High paced the Wildcats with a game-high 23 points (nine rebounds, four assists), while Zane Knowles, a Grambling State transfer from Nassau, Bahamas, scored 19 (10 rebounds); Yondarius Johnson, another Grambling transfer from Plain Dealing, La., 12 (six rebounds, three assists); Quentin Watkins out of Lanier High in Jackson seven, Raheem England of Decatur (Ala.) High six (seven assists), Jeremy Moore out of Jim Hill High in Jackson and Daterris Rogers of Wayne County High, three each; and Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High and Jyrus Carriere out of St. Martin High in Biloxi, two each.Delgado hit 36.2 percent (21 of 58) from the field to Pearl River 49 percent (24 of 49) effort, while the Dolphins were one of 20 (.05 percent) from three-point range to the Wildcats two-of-nine (22.2 percent) effort. At the foul line, DCC was 18 of 27 (66.7 percent), while PRCC was 27 of 40 (67.5 percent).Delgado had a nine-board advantage in rebounding with 45 (16 offensive, 29 defensive) to Pearl River 36 (eight offensive, 28 defensive). DCC committed 23 turnovers in the game to PRCC 17.After a Christmas holiday break, Pearl River returns to action Thursday, Jan. 12, when it hosts MACJC non-division foe Mississippi Delta in Poplarville for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) contests in Shivers Gymnasium before MACJC South Division rival Southwest Mississippi visits Tuesday, Jan. 17, for women and men contests at the same game times.
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