ECCC basketball squads split opener
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:00 AM
Jalesisha Jones poured in 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading East Central Community College's Lady Warrior to a 76-63 season-opening victory over Holmes Community College Saturday in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.
Johnson, a 5-7 freshman forward, made 10 of 15 field goals, connected on six of 10 free throws and nailed a trey in the non-division matchup.
Also scoring in double figures for Crandal Porter's squad were sophomore forward Tanihhija Hughes of Forest, who contributed 12 points; and freshman guard Tynika Bender of Newton, who had 11 points.
Other scorers were Bryanna McClendon of Lake, nine; Ty-neisha Mickens of Noxubee County, seven; Keoceania Yarbrough of Louisville, five; Shamyia Evans of Lake, four; and Breona Foster of Neshoba Central, one.
EC held a 36-32 advantage at halftime.
In the men's contest, East Central led 63-57 with 6:13 left but the Bulldogs rallied to claim a 68-65 victory and spoil Robert Thompson's debut as head coach.
Sophomore Jacques Johnson led EC with 17 points and six rebounds. He made seven of nine field goals, was two of four from the free-throw line and connected on his only attempt from three-point range. Other double-figure point makers were freshman forward Quinton Campbell, 12; and freshman guard Ramone Tate, 11.
EC trailed 34-33 at the break.
The Lady Warriors and Warriors were to host Coahoma Community College Monday. East Central squads entertain Mississippi Delta Community College Saturday in the final home games of the 2013 campaign. The women's matchup begins at 1 p.m. and will be followed by the men's contest at 3 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood.