JCJC men top PRCC; Lady Wildcat prevail


POPLARVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats held Pearl River Community to only 14 points in the second half and rallied to stun the homestanding Wildcats, 53-47, here Thursday night at the White Coliseum.

In the women’s game, the Lady Wildcats scored in the final seconds and upset No. 3 JCJC, 70-69.

The Bobcats return home to A.B. Howard Gymnasium to face Southwest on Monday. The women’s game tips at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. and both games will air on www.jcjc.tv.

Pearl River goes to Hinds on Monday.

Bobcats 53, Wildcats 47

Pearl River held the upper hand throughout the first half.

PRCC was up 17-8 with 8:29 left. But the Bobcats seemed to gain momentum when Winceton Edwards (Oak Grove) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to 33-23 at halftime.

JCJC was down 44-39 with 6:48 left and outscored PRCC 14-3 the rest of the way to win it.

Kenneth Knight (Jim Hill) led the Bobcats with 14 points – all in the first half. Malik Henry (Terry) had 13 points and 7 rebounds and David McCoy (Meridian) had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Edwards finished with 7 points, Michael Williams (Rayville, Louisiana) had 5 points and Quentin Pough (Wayne County) and David Gaines, Jr. (Wayne County) each had 3.

The Bobcats are now 11-8 overall and 6-4 in the MACJC South Division. JCJC is tied with Mississippi Gulf Coast for third in the division.

The Wildcats fall to 15-3 overall and 7-3 in the division. PRCC is still tied for first place with Copiah-Lincoln after the Wolves lost to MGCCC.

Lady Wildcats 70, Lady Bobcats 69

Trailing 69-68, PRCC’s Destiny Williams scored on a putback with 8.7 seconds to play to lift the Lady Wildcats to the win.

JCJC led 14-10 after the first quarter before PRCC tied the game at 30-30 at halftime. The Lady Bobcats were up 52-47 after three quarters.

Alexis Tolefree (Conway, Arkansas) led the Lady Bobcats with 25 points. Nique Cherry (Heidelberg) added 13. Zakyia Weathersby (Collins) had 7, Chrystal Ezechukwu (Stone Mountain, Georgia) had 6, K.K. Tassin (Terry) had 5, Kira Bonner (Quitman) added 4, Maya Jones (Northwest Rankin) had 3 and Mackenzie Thompson (East Rankin Academy) and Camryn London (Birmingham, Alabama) added 2 each.

The Lady Bobcats are now 16-3 overall and 9-1 in division play. JCJC is in first place with a two-game lead over Co-Lin and Southwest.

Gabby Brown had 25 points, including six 3-pointers for PRCC.

The Lady Wildcats are 12-6 overall and are in fourth place in the division at 5-5.