Two longtime rivals battled on the basketball court Thursday night in Decatur and each team claimed a victory.

In the first matchup, East Central Community College's Lady Warriors rallied from a slim halftime deficit and held on for a 49-41 decision over the East Mississippi Community College women.

EC's Warriors were not as fortunate as their second half rally fell short in an 82-72 setback to the East Mississippi Lions.

Jaianah Matthew pumped in 21 points to lead the Lady Warriors, who improved to 4-6 overall under first-year head coach Crandal Porter.

Matthew is a 5-8 sophomore guard and product of Arkansas High School in Texarkana, AR.

Other EC scorers were Tynesia Mickens of Noxubee County, 10; Niya Hughes of Forest, nine; Xzandra Dowd of Neville (La.) High School, five; and Reneisha Evans of Newton County, four. Dowd led in rebounds with 12.

Nockeyia Qualls tallied 10 points to lead the Lady Lions, who fell to 1-9.

EC trailed 18-17 at the break.

In the men's contest, Hakeem Wesley blistered the backboards with 30 points but his efforts fell short as the Warriors remain winless after 10 games under seventh-year head coach Maurice Bowie.

Wesley is a 6' sophomore guard and product of Newton County High School.

Other EC point makers were Aquill Baynard of Elsik (Texas) High School, nine; Chris Rhoney of West Lauderdale, eight; Bobby Wrench of Columbus, seven; Keivondre Watford of Tuscaloosa Central, six; Akeem Toppin of Columbus, four; Jamere Eichelberger of Louisville and Walter Evans of Hattiesburg, three each; and TeJiminon Leatherwood of Northridge (Ala.) High School, two.

Jarekious Bradley poured in 28 points to lead the Lions, who improved to 5-1.

East Mississippi held a 41-28 advantage at the half.

EC squads close out 2012 competition by traveling to Northwest Mississippi Community College Saturday, December 8. Game times are 1 and 3 p.m. on the Senatobia campus.