Lady Bobcats roar past Hinds, 96-76February 12, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
UTICA – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats needed to get back on the winning track.
They did that here Monday night at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium, as they whipped the Hinds Community College Lady Bulldogs, 96-76.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Lady Bobcats and improved them to 9-8 overall, 4-5 in the MACJC South Division. It was the eighth straight loss for Hinds.
In the men’s game, the Bulldogs took the lead for good midway through the first half and defeated the Bobcats, 82-73. JCJC falls to 15-5 overall, 6-3 in the division.
The Bobcats return to A.B. Howard Gymnasium on Thursday for South Division contests vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The women’s game is at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. The contests will be televised on www.jcjc.tv.
It will also be “Pink Out The Gym Night.” Pink cotton candy, pink bubble gum, pink lemonade, pink ribbons, pink pom poms, pink megaphones and pink refreshments will be sold. Play 4 Kay t-shirts will be available and there will also be a raffle. All proceeds to the Kay Yow Foundation for cancer research.
Hinds travels to Southwest on Thursday.
Lady Bobcats 96, Lady Bulldogs 76
JCJC fell behind 5-0, but used an incredible 30-2 run to take command of the game.
A Caitlyn Spane basket capped a 15-0 run and gave Jones a 15-5 lead with 15:57 showing in the first half. A Kaylan Hughes’ 3-point play ended the onslaught and put JCJC ahead 30-7 with 9:42 left.
Jones would lead by as many as 26 points in the first half, the final occasion being at 56-30 with 39.9 seconds left when LaTisha McCullum made a free throw. The Lady Bobcats led 56-32 at halftime.
Hinds closed within 61-45 with 16:31 to play when Sharlandria Winston scored. JCJC’s longest lead of the second half was 75-49 with 10:16 left on a Hughes’ basket.
The closest Hinds got down the stretch was 88-72 with 2:03 remaining when Mozetta Greenwood made two free throws.
Hughes led JCJC with 24 points, while Spane had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Precious Jefferson had 15 points and 12 boards. McCullum added 13 points and Kiara Speed had 10.
Winston had 17 for Hinds, now 2-18 overall and 1-8 in the division. Vandria Dampier and Rajee McDonald added 12 each.
JCJC had beaten Hinds 78-67 on Jan. 17 in Ellisville.
Bulldogs 82, Bobcats 73
A Carlo McDonald layup gave Hinds a 16-8 lead with 13:03 left in the first half. But JCJC scored 10 straight points and took an 18-16 lead on a Dontavious Lewis 3-pointer with 10:50 showing.
However, McDonald quickly answered with a 3-pointer of his own, giving the Bulldogs the lead for good at 19-18 with 10:17 remaining in the first half.
A Donta Pittman free throw got JCJC within 23-20 with 8:46 left. But Hinds went on an 18-4 run and took their longest lead of the half at 41-24 when Kelvin Welch scored with 2:34 left. The Bulldogs led 44-28 at halftime.
Welch hit a jumper to start the second half and gave the Bulldogs a 46-28 advantage. But JCJC came back quickly and pulled within 48-39 with 14:42 remaining on two J.J. Bolton free throws. However, Hinds extended the lead back out to 60-45 with 9:44 to play on a Matthew Hurn free throw line jumper.
The Bulldogs would match their longest lead of the game at 68-50 with 6:00 to play and 79-61 with 1:58 left. The closest JCJC would get would be the final margin.
Lewis came off the bench to pace JCJC with 16 points. Donta Pittman added 14, Bolton had 13 and Detrick Davis had 10.
Dominique Brown had 21 points for Hinds, 13-7 overall and 4-5 in the division. Matthew Hurn added 17, while Welch had 12 and McDonald finished with 10.
Hinds outrebounded JCJC, 44-35. The Bulldogs were charged with nine turnovers, compared to 13 for Jones.
The Bobcats had beaten the Bulldogs 86-73 last month.