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Lady Bobcats fall in opening round of regional tourney
 March 7, 2013

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

CLINTON – The undermanned Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats saw their season come to an end here Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Region 23 Tournament in the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.

The Baton Rouge Community College (La.) Lady Bears outscored JCJC 27-4 over the final 13:09 of the first half and went on to post a 72-52 victory.

JCJC dressed only eight players for the game.

Guard LaTisha McCullum, who had started every game for JCJC this season, was injured earlier this week in practice and was unable to play. The Lady Bobcats, with only six players on scholarship, fought hard, but were unable to stay with BRCC.

JCJC ends the year at 12-11.

The Lady Bears, 21-8, will advance to a semifinal game at 6 p.m. on Friday vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. MGCCC defeated Northeast Mississippi 68-60 in overtime.

In another opening round game, Co-Lin defeated Meridian Community College, 62-52. Itawamba battled Northwest Mississippi in the late game. Co-Lin will face the ICC/Northwest winner at 8 p.m. on Friday

The women’s championship game will be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Lady Bears 72, Lady Bobcats 52

JCJC took its longest lead of the game at 9-6 with 17:23 left in the first half when Kaylan Hughes converted a 3-point play. The Lady Bobcats held their final lead of the game at 15-14 with 13:04 left when Zana Bridges hit a pair of free throws.

The Lady Bears then shut down JCJC the rest of the half. A Charki’ra Fields 3-pointer with :23 showing gave BRCC a 41-19 lead going into intermission.

BRCC held the Lady Bobcats without a field goal for the final 15:50 of the first half.

The Lady Bears kept up the pressure in the second half and would take their longest lead of the night at 57-27 with 12:38 left when Keisha Toston scored.

But JCJC refused to go away and went on a 13-0 run of its own. Bridges converted a 3-point play with 7:44 remaining and the Lady Bobcats were down 57-40.

A 3-point play by Hughes would cut the BRCC lead to 64-50 with 2:37 left, but that was as close as the Lady Bobcats would get.

Hughes paced JCJC with 19 points, while Bridges added 12.

Talaih Robertson led BRCC with 16 points, while Toston had 13 and Ke’ra St. John had 12.

The Lady Bobcats were 18-of-26 from the free throw line and had a pair of 3-pointers. BRCC was 8-of-10 from the line and made eight 3-pointers.

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