East Central Community College's basketball squads continue to struggle against MACJC North Division competition as both teams dropped decisions at Itawamba Community College Thursday night in Fulton.

The Lady Warriors were outscored by an 85-65 margin and the Warriors' rally fell short in a 76-68 setback.

Sophomore forward Jakela Johnson of Laurel poured in 25 points to lead the EC women, whose record stands a 1-3 under first-year head coach Crandal Porter.

Johnson, a 6-1 forward, also collected 10 rebounds. She is a product of West Jones High School.

Other point makers were Tyneisa Mickens of Noxubee County, 13; Jaianah Matthew of Arkansas High School in Texarkana, 10; Reneisha Evans of Newton County, eight; Niya Hughes of Forest, five; Xzandra Dowd of Neville (La.) High School, three; and Nakia Miller of Louisville, one.

Evans led in rebounds with 12. Dowd was credited with 10 boards.

Latoya Collins pumped in 24 points to lead the Lady Indians, who improved to 1-1.

EC trailed 37-33 at the break.

In the men's contest, East Central trailed 41-25 at the break but rallied to outscore the Indians by a 43-35 margin in second half action.

Sophomore forward Aquill Baynard of Houston, Texas, tallied 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Warriors who remain winless in four starts under seventh-year head coach Maurice Bowie.