Lady Bobcats qualify for state tourney; JCJC men rollFebruary 22, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats knew they had to win to reach the MACJC State Tournament.
And the Lady Bobcats came through with a strong, all-out effort here Thursday night against East Central Community College.
The Lady Bobcats scored the game’s first eight points and never looked back as they whipped the Lady Warriors, 81-62, at A.B. Howard Gymnasium. The victory clinched fourth place in the MACJC South Division and qualified them for the state tournament, which will be played Monday-Thursday at Pearl River Community College.
The JCJC women will face the top seed out of the North Division – Northwest Mississippi – at 3 p.m. on Monday at Shivers Gym.
On the men’s side, the Bobcats never trailed in defeating the Warriors, 79-66. That wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the South Division and matches the Bobcats against the North Division’s No. 3 team – Mississippi Delta. That game will be played at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
All games involving JCJC in the state tournament will be webcast on www.jcjc.tv.
A complete tournament bracket will be posted later on www.jcjcathletics.com on Friday.
Lady Bobcats 81, Lady Warriors 62
Precious Jefferson, Kaylan Hughes and Caitlyn Spane were too much for ECCC, as all three players recorded ‘double-doubles.’
Jefferson had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Hughes had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Spane had 16 points and 20 boards. LaTisha McCullum had 13 points and six assists, while Hughes also dished out six assists.
JCJC was in command from the outset.
A putback by Jefferson gave the Lady Bobcats a 12-2 lead at the 16:00 mark. The closest ECCC got the rest of the game was at 19-13 with 12:49 left in the first half when Jaianah Matthew made a free throw.
JCJC ran the lead out to 35-20 when McCullum hit two free throws with 6:00 left. ECCC trimmed the lead to 35-27 with 4:07 to play when Matthew made a 3-point play, but the Lady Bobcats would lead 42-32 at halftime.
JCJC continued its relentless effort in the second half and took a commanding 68-45 lead with 9:30 left when McCullum hit an 18-footer. The Lady Warriors would get within 72-58 with 5:07 left when Xzandra Dowd scored, but that would the closest they would get.
JCJC is now 11-9 overall and finished division play at 6-6.
Dowd had 19 points and 10 rebounds for East Central, 8-15 overall and 5-7 in the division. Matthew also had 19 points.
JCJC was 32-of-78 from the floor – 0-of-3 from 3-point range – for 41 percent. The Lady Bobcats were 17-of-25 from the free throw line.
ECCC was 23-of-77 from the field – just 2-of-20 from beyond the arc – for 30 percent. They were 14-of-24 from the free throw line.
The Lady Bobcats outrebounded East Central, 54-34. JCJC committed 29 turnovers compared to 24 for the Lady Warriors.
Bobcats 79, Warriors 66
The JCJC men’s team jumped off to a quick start as well.
Two Cory Jackson free throws gave JCJC a 22-9 lead with 10:02 left in the first half. JCJC took a 32-16 lead with 4:29 left when Emmanuel Davis scored.
The Bobcats would lead 39-23 at halftime.
The closest East Central got in the second half was 46-35 with 14:37 to play when Walter Evans canned a 3-pointer. But JCJC went ahead 61-39 with 10:28 left in the game when Donta Pittman slammed home a dunk.
The Warriors got within 67-51 with 6:06 left on an Aquill Baynard basket. But Jones would go on a 10-3 run and match its longest lead at 77-54 with 2:39 left when Emmanuel Davis scored.
Jackson paced the Bobcats, 17-6 overall and 8-4 in the division, with 23 points, while Detrick Davis had 21.
Evans had 20 for the Warriors, while Baynard added 17. East Central ends the year at 2-21 overall, 2-10 in the division.
It was “Sophomore Night” in JCJC’s final regular season home game.
Shametrius Ducksworth of Taylorsville was the only Lady Bobcat player to be recognized.
For the men, Wayne County’s Detrick Davis, Emmanuel Davis and Donta Pittman were recognized, along with South Jones’ Dontavious Lewis, Richton’s J.J. Bolton, Biloxi’s Cory Jackson, and Tanner Wozniak of Clearwater, Fla.