Lady Bobcats hold off Co-Lin; Bobcats fall to Wolves

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

ELLISVILLE – Alexis Tolefree (Conway, Arkansas) made two free throws with 6.8 seconds left as third-ranked Jones County Junior College held off Copiah-Lincoln Community College 80-76 here Thursday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

It was the ninth straight victory for Jones.

JCJC is now 15-2 overall and 8-0 in the MACJC South Division. Co-Lin falls to 14-3 overall, 5-3 in the division.

In the men’s contest, the Wolves outscored Jones 20-9 over the final 9:10 and beat the Bobcats, 77-62.

The Bobcats are now 9-8 overall, 4-4 in the division. Co-Lin improves to 15-2 overall and remains tied with Pearl River for first place in the division at 6-2.

Jones travels to Utica to face Hinds on Monday. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. The games will air on www.hindsccsports.com.

Co-Lin hosts Mississippi Gulf Coast on Monday.

Lady Bobcats 80, Lady Wolves 76

JCJC was in control for most of the first half.

K.K. Tassin (Terry) made two free throws with no time showing to give Jones a 25-13 lead after the first quarter.

Tassin’s 3-pointer with 5:22 left in the first half gave JCJC a 36-19 lead. Zakyia Weathersby’s (Collins) basket with :28 remaining gave Jones its biggest lead of the game at 44-25. The Lady Bobcats were up 44-27 at halftime.

Co-Lin, however, outscored JCJC 18-3 to start the third quarter. Nakeisha Holcomb’s basket with 4:39 left in the period pulled the Lady Wolves to within 47-45.

But Jones would recover and take a 62-49 lead with 1:10 left in the quarter on a 3-pointer by Tolefree. The Lady Bobcats led 62-50 going into the final period.

Nique Cherry’s (Heidelberg) layup gave JCJC a 71-60 lead with 4:34 left.

But Co-Lin would rally.

A steal and layup by Brittany Rose cut the lead to 77-74 with 34.4 seconds to play.

Breonca Ducksworth’s (West Jones) free throw gave Jones a 78-74 lead with 17.7 seconds remaining.

Rose scored to make it 78-76 with 11.1 seconds to play, but Tolefree’s free throws would clinch it.

Tolefree led JCJC with 31 points, including a 10-for-10 night at the free throw line. The Ole Miss signee also made five 3-pointers.

Nique Cherry (Heidelberg) recorded her 14th ‘double-double’ of the season with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Camryn London (Birmingham, Alabama) had 15 points and Tassin finished with 10.

Tassin had 5 assists and Tolefree had 4 steals.

The Lady Bobcats were 22-of-62 from the field (8-of-21 from 3-point range) for 36 percent. JCJC was 28-of-39 from the free throw line.

Rose had 18 points for Co-Lin. Diamond Smith and Alexus Holt had 12 points each and Kyeonia Harris added 10.

Co-Lin was 31-of-74 from the floor (7-of-21 from 3-point range) for 42 percent. The Lady Wolves were 7-of-8 from the foul line.

Each team had 45 rebounds.

Wolves 77, Bobcats 62

Co-Lin took the lead for good at 15:24 of the first half when Darrian Wilson hit a layup to go up 9-7. A 3-pointer by Tray Lawson ended a 12-0 run and gave the Wolves a 17-7 lead with 12:41 showing.

The Wolves’ longest lead of the first half came with 4:11 left when Anthony Jones made a 3-pointer to make it 34-17.

But JCJC would get a 3-pointer from Winceton Edwards (Oak Grove) and back-to-back 3-pointers from Quentin Pough (Wayne County) to make it 34-26 with just :32 left in the half.

The Wolves would lead 36-26 at halftime.

Co-Lin would match its longest lead at 45-28 when Jonathan Floyd hit a 3-pointer with 17:25 to play.

However, the Bobcats went on a 20-6 run and pulled to within 51-48 with 12:12 left when David Gaines, Jr. (Wayne County) converted a 3-point play.

A Mason Daniels (Atlanta, Georgia) 3-pointer had JCJC within 57-53 with 9:26 left. But the Wolves put together a 13-4 run and went up 70-57 with 2:54 to play when Damarius Brooks got a steal and converted a layup.

Pough led the Bobcats with 19 points, while Edwards added 15 and David McCoy (Meridian) finished with 11.

Malik Henry (Terry) had 7 rebounds for Jones, McCoy had 4 assists and Pough had 6 steals.

JCJC was 23-of-59 from the field (10-of-30 from 3-point range) for 39 percent. The Bobcats were 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

Floyd had 21 points for the Wolves with 19 of those coming in the second half. Wilson finished 16, Miles Daniels had 15 (all in the first half on 3-pointers) and Brooks had 11.

Co-Lin was 29-of-57 from the floor (13-of-25 from 3-point range) for 51 percent. The Wolves were 6-of-9 from the free throw line.

The Wolves outrebounded JCJC, 35-30.

 

 

Thursday’s games

ELLISVILLE

A.B. Howard Gymnasium

WOMEN

Jones County 80, Copiah-Lincoln 76

Copiah-Lincoln (14-3, 5-3)      13 14 23 26 – 76

Jones County (15-2, 8-0)        25 19 18 18 – 80

COPIAH-LINCOLN (76) – Brittany Rose 18, Diamond Smith 12, Alexus Holt 12, Kyeonia Harris 10, Nakeisha Holcomb 8, T’Kyra Hicks 8, Karry Callahan 6, Alexandria Patton 2.

JONES COUNTY (80) – Alexis Tolefree 31, Nique Cherry 17, Camryn London 15, K.K. Tassin 10, Breonca Ducksworth 4, Zakyia Weathersby 3, Mackenzie Thompson 0, Madison Bishop 0.

 

MEN

Copiah-Lincoln 77, Jones County 62

Copiah-Lincoln (15-2, 6-2)      36 41 – 77

Jones County (9-8, 4-4)          26 36 – 62

COPIAH-LINCOLN (77) – Jonathan Floyd 21, Darrian Wilson 16, Miles Daniels 15, Damarius Brooks 11, Youry White 5, Anthony Jones 4, Tray Lawson 4, Xavier Heidelberg 1, Lazorian McNulty 0, Johnnelius Anderson 0.

JONES COUNTY (62) – Quentin Pough 19, Winceton Edwards 15, David McCoy 11, David Gaines, Jr., 5, Malik Henry 5, Mason Daniels 3, Michael Williams 2, Omar Steele 2, Shemar Johnson 0.