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Jones County Bobcats take two from Northeast
 November 17, 2009

Lady Bobcat Ashley Lee (21) grabs one of her game-high 18 rebounds during Monday's 75-61 victory over Northeast Mississippi. Lee, a Taylorsville sophomore, finished with a ‘double-double,' as she also scored 14 points. 

JCJC's Todd McDonald (21) shoots over Northeast's Tyrie Berry (52) during Monday's 93-82 win over the Tigers. McDonald, a sophomore from Wayne County, had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats.

Photos/Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information

Jones County Bobcats take two from Northeast 

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information

ELLISVILLE - Both Jones County Junior College basketball teams used a strong run late in the first half to take control of their contests here Monday night at Bobcat Gym.

The Lady Bobcats went on a 9-0 run to close the first half en route to a 75-61 victory over the Northeast Mississippi Community College Lady Tigers. In the men's game, JCJC outscored Northeast 17-9 over the last six minutes of the half, took a 16-point halftime lead and went on to post a 93-82 decision over The Tigers.

The Bobcat teams return home on Thursday to take on the Itawamba Indians. The women's game tips off at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7 p.m. The contests will air (audio only) on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman on the play-by-play and Mark Easley providing color commentary. Air time will be 4:55 p.m.

Lady Bobcats 75, Lady Tigers 61

Jones received excellent performances from several players, including Ashley Lee and Brigit Taylor.

Lee, a Taylorsville sophomore, posted a ‘double-double' with 14 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, while Taylor, a Jackson Jim Hill sophomore, had 20 points and nine boards.

Trailing 3-2 early, Jones went on a 9-0 run, capped by a Kerri Simmons' layup, and took an 11-3 lead. They stretched the lead to 19-6 when Taylor scored off an offensive rebound with 10:54 left in the half.

Northeast closed the gap to 26-21 with 2:29 left in the half when Miranda Phillips scored. But the Lady Bobcats scored nine straight points with Candice Little ending the run with a pair of free throws with 41 seconds left, giving Jones a 35-21 lead heading into halftime.

The second half margin pretty much stayed the same throughout. Northeast never got closer than 10 points. Jones' largest margin was 75-58 with 34.8 seconds left when Lee scored.

Tanecka Carey added 15 points for the Lady Bobcats, who improved its record to 3-1. JCJC outrebounded the visitors, 47-32.

Northeast, 1-3, received 18 points from Chelsey Whitaker and 16 from Ranisha Williams.

Bobcats 93, Tigers 82

Northeast was up 11-8 just over four minutes into the game, but Jones scored nine straight points - culminating with a Kadeem Fleming 3-pointer - and took a 17-11 lead with 14:07 showing. Calvin Keaton's 18-foot jumper pulled the Tigers within 25-21 with 9:26 left in the half, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the evening.

Leading 31-23, Jones used a 13-3 spurt to take its longest advantage of the first half at 44-26 with 2:22 left when Wayne County sophomore Todd McDonald made a free throw. The Bobcats were up 48-32 at halftime.

JCJC took its longest lead of the evening when Fleming - a freshman from Port Gibson - hit a 3-pointer to make it 59-36 with 16:00 remaining.

Nic Combs' basket with 7:24 left gave Jones a 76-55 lead, but Northeast would steadily chip away at that margin. The Tigers pulled within 88-78 when Spence Wicks scored with 1:25 remaining, but that would be as close as they would get.

Combs, a freshman from Edmond, Okla., led the Bobcats, 3-1, with 20 points and a team-high four assists. Todd McDonald added 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Fleming had 15 points, all coming via the 3-point shot, as he was 5-of-12 from behind the arc. Kendrick McDonald added 10 points.

Kayo Taylor paced the Tigers, 1-5, with 25 points. Chris Gamble added 11 and Keaton had 10.


Jones County 75, Northeast 61

NORTHEAST (1-3) - Chelsey Whitaker 18, Ranisha Williams 16, Miranda Phillips 8, Amber Johnson 6, Al'Lisha Hudson 6, Leota Cornelius 6, Rumae Butler 1, Brytnee Basemore 0, Talylre Ford 0, Haley Whitley 0.

JONES COUNTY (3-1) - Brigit Taylor 20, Tanecka Carey 15, Ashley Lee 14, Kerri Simmons 9, Candice Little 6, Kiana Harris 5, Erica Moore 4, Dominique Evans 1, Crystal Tucker 1, Jessica McCann 0, Coco McLaurin 0.

Halftime: 35-21, Jones County.


Jones County 93, Northeast 82

NORTHEAST (1-5) - Kayo Taylor 25, Chris Gamble 11, Calvin Keaton 10, Tyler Pritchard 9, Emmanuel Ezejiofo 6, Cody Garrett 4, Spence Wicks 4, Tyrie Berry 4, Dominique Hunt 4, Grant Goolsby 3, Bruce Jacobs 2, Nick Tate 0, Terrance Allen 0.

JONES COUNTY (3-1) - Nic Combs 20, Todd McDonald 19, Kadeem Fleming 15, Kendrick McDonald 10, Tyrone Brinson 9, Glen Collins 8, Torrey Brown 7, Brandon Wilson 5, Andrew Marshall 0, Tiaj Kelly 0, Justin Buxton 0, Rico Rankins 0, Devin Brown 0.

Halftime: 48-32, Jones County


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