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EC Basketball Squads Fall to Jones in Season Finale
 February 22, 2013

A berth in the MACJC State Basketball Tournament will have to wait another year for East Central Community College’s Lady Warriors who were outscored 81-62 Thursday night by the Jones County Junior College women for fourth-place honors in the MACJC South Division.

The Lady Bobcats held a 42-32 advantage at the break and outscored EC by a 39-30 margin in second half action of the regular season finale held on the Ellisville campus.

The playoff-deciding loss was especially tough for the Lady Warriors, who expected to win the season’s rematch after posting an easy 97-67 win over Jones County in games played Jan. 28 on the Decatur campus.

Sophomore guards Xzandra Dowd and Jaianah Matthew each had 19 points to lead the Lady Warriors, who finished 8-15 overall and 5-7 in league competition under first-year head coach Crandal Porter.

Dowd is a product of Neville High School in Monroe, La., and Matthew hails from Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Ark.

Other EC scorers were Jakela Johnson of West Jones, seven; Reneisha Evans of Newton County, five; and Tyneisha Mickens of Noxubee County, Taylor Brister of Lawrence County and Niya Hughes of Forest, four each; 

Precious Jefferson poured in 26 points to lead the Lady Bobcats, who improved to 11-9 and 6-6.

In the men’s game, EC’s rally fell short in a 79-66 loss to the Bobcats.

Freshman forward Walter Evans of Hattiesburg tallied 20 points to led the Warriors, who completed season action at 2-21 overall and 2-10 in the division under seventh-year head coach Maurice Bowie.

Also scoring were Aquill Baynard of Elsik High School in Houston, Texas, 17; Bobby Wrench of Columbus, nine; and TeJiminon Leatherwood of Northridge (Ala.), Randy Collier of South Leake, Chris Rhoney of West Lauderdale, Jamere Eichelberger of Louisville and Jakaris Coleman of Forest Hill, four each.

Cory Jackson pumped in 23 points to lead the Bobcats, who improved to 17-6 and 8-4.

EC trailed 42-32 at halftime.

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