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Bobcat basketball teams sweep Meridian
 January 14, 2014

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College basketball teams opened the home half of the 2014 schedule in impressive fashion here Monday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The Lady Bobcats won their fifth straight game by whipping Meridian Community College, 92-64. JCJC is now 8-4 overall, 2-1 in the MACJC South Division.

The 15th-ranked JCJC men’s team then used a 23-3 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half and went on to beat the Eagles, 94-70. The Bobcats are now 11-1 overall, 3-0 in the division.

The Bobcats resume division play on Thursday when they travel to Utica to take on Hinds Community College. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. The next home games for JCJC will be on Jan. 21 vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Meridian hosts Co-Lin on Thursday.

Lady Bobcats 92, Lady Eagles 64

Meridian entered the game with a 10-1 record, but the Lady Bobcats proved to be too much.

JCJC took the lead for good at 8-6 on a 3-pointer by Kadie Parker with 16:06 left in the first half. A Kaylan Hughes’ basket with 10:20 showing made it 24-12.

MCC pulled within 30-23 with 5:32 to play on a Kristen Sampson basket. A Sampson free throw made it 34-26 with 2:50 left in the half, but that was the final time MCC would be within single digits.

JCJC ended the half on an 11-2 run, capped by a Latisha McCullum 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining and took a 45-28 halftime lead.

The closest the Lady Eagles got in the second half was 51-39 with 15:42 to play when Sampson scored.

The Lady Bobcats’ longest lead was 29 points, which happened twice – the final time being at 82-53 with 5:07 to play when Starla Daggans made two free throws.

McCullum and Precious Jefferson led the Lady Bobcats with 15 points each, Hughes added 14 and Crystal Clay had 13. Clay and Jefferson each had 8 rebounds, while McCullum had 6 assists. Parker had 4 steals and 4 assists.

Sampson led Meridian, 10-2 and 2-1, with 24 points. Victoria Stewart added 15 and Londyn Thomas had 12.

Bobcats 94, Eagles 70

The game had a strange start.

JCJC was called for dunking in the pregame warmups and was called for a technical foul. MCC’s Brandon Daniels made both foul shots and the Eagles led 2-0 before the game had started.

A Daniels’ 3-pointer gave the Eagles their final lead of the night at 19-17 with 9:27 left in the first half.

Leading 25-22, the Bobcats scored the half’s final 15 points, capped by a Christopher White tip-in at the buzzer to make it 40-22.

JCJC expanded the lead to 62-35 with 11:58 left when Leo Garrett made a pair of free throws. The Bobcats’ longest lead of the game came when Thaddeus “Pop” Hall hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 6:37 left to make it 77-49.

The closest MCC would get after that was 79-62 with 4:05 remaining when Will Sheriff made two free throws.

Johnny Zuppardo led JCJC with 17 points, while Darris McLendon added 13, Bryce Jones had 11 and White had 10.

Daniels paced the Eagles, 1-10 and 0-3, with 19 points. Sheriff added 16, Donald King had 12 and Andre Funches had 10.

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