09 Jan 2015

Mississippi Delta Splits With Pearl River

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans notched a much-needed win Thursday night, 51-48, over the Lady Wildcats of Pearl River Community College in Moorhead while the Trojans dropped a 78-62 decision in the night cap.

The Delta women got off to slow start in the early going and trailed by as eight points, 14-6, after eight minutes of play. But, they caught up fast with sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble hit six points in a row to ignite a 16-4 run that put the Lady Trojans up 24-18 at the break.

MDCC held that lead until the 14 minute mark when Pearl River tied things at 29-all. The game was nip and tuck from there on in with 10 lead changes and neither team able to gain more than a three point advantage.

A three-pointer by freshman guard TaKyla Dukes with 2:40 remaining gave the Lady Trojans a two point lead. Pearl River tied the game with a bucket with 10 seconds remaining before Kimble drained a long three with three points left to secure the win.

Kimble was the only Lady Trojan in double figures with 12 points (seven rebounds) but eight members of the team contributed points towards the win which gives the women a 3-8 overall record and an 0-1 North Division mark.

The Trojans’ game started off just the opposite of the women’s game with the Deltans jumping out to a six point lead at the 12 minute mark on the strength of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Darius Dukes. But the Wildcats tied the game six minutes later and led by four points, 37-33, at the half.

The second half belonged to Pearl River as the Wildcats pushed their lead to 14 points on four occasions before ending the game up by 16, 78-62. Fouls and free throws played an important part in the game as the Wildcats went to the charity stripe 35 times and made 27 shots while the Trojans only went to the line 17 times making 14 shots.

Freshman guard Jabarie Escoffery led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 15 points and was followed in double figures by Darius dukes with 11 points. The loss drops the men to 5-6 overall and leaves them at 1-0 in the North Division.

Mississippi Delta begins its run through the North Division in earnest Monday night as they travel to Scooba to take on the Lions and Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College at 6 and 8 p.m. They will return to the friendly confines of the J.T. Hall Coliseum Thursday night to host Northwest Mississippi Community College at 6 and 8 p.m.

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