21 Jan 2015

Mississippi Delta Splits With Holmes

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans notched their first North Division win Tuesday night at Holmes Community College edging the Lady Bulldogs 80-78 while the Trojans dropped a close game, 75-73, to the Bulldogs.

The Delta women trailed by as many as six points during the early going, but fought their way back into the game and took their first lead of the game at the 12:45 mark on a three-pointer by Racquel Harper. Treys by Takyla Dukes and Tarameisha Young gave the Lady Trojans a 10 point lead with five minutes remaining in the first half. A 20-5 run by Holmes left gave the Lady Bulldogs a four point lead at the break.

The Lady Trojans held the score close in the first six minutes of the second half and then jumped out to a five point lead on the strength of back-to-back three-pointers by McKinnon Skeen and Niya Head. They maintained a single digit lead until Holmes drained a three pointer to take 76-75 lead with 56 seconds left.

Baskets by Aqueshia Kimble and Racquel Harper and two free throws by Harper with under five seconds left gave the delta women their first North Division win of the season. Aqueshia Kimble had a game-high 24 points while Niya Head scored another double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Tarameisha Young also had 10 points on the night.

The win brings the Lady Trojans overall record to 4-10 and leaves them at 1-3 in division play.

The Trojans also started off in a six point hole and didn’t manage to climb out until the five minute mark of the first half when Zarmarlus Griffin canned a trey to give Delta a 30-29 advantage. The half ended with the Bulldogs leading by two, 37-35.

MDCC jumped out to an early six point lead in the second half before Holmes again tied the game at 52-all at the 12 minute mark. The Trojans slowly increased their lead after that until they had an eight point advantage with just under five minutes remaining.

During the next four-and-a-half minutes the Bulldogs outscored the Trojans 13-5 and tied the game a 73-all with 36 seconds left on the clock. Delta drove the court but lost the ball out of bounds and the Bulldogs scored the go-ahead bucket with six-tenths of a second remaining. A desperation shot at the buzzer sailed wide.

Zarmarlus Griffen led Delta in scoring with 13 points. He was followed on double figures by Ondarious Hamlin with 11 and Tyrone McNeese and Darius Dukes with 10 points each.

The loss drops the Trojans to 6-8 overall and evens their North Division record at 2-2 for the year.

Delta will be back on the road again Thursday night as they travel to Fulton to take on North Division foe Itawamba Community College at 6 and 8 p.m.

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