Lady Trojans Eliminated From State Tournament

  • Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:59

Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans were eliminated from the first round of the MACJC State Tournament 85-77 in OT by the Lady Eagles of meridian Community College Tuesday night at host Itawamba Community College in Fulton.

Meridian, which finished 9-5 and in second place in the South Division with a 19-5 overall record, led the turnover prone Lady Trojans by seven points halfway through the first half. Delta tightened up their play though and freshman guard Kalesha Williams added three treys to give MDCC a 32-31 lead at the break.

It seemed that the Lady Trojans would have an easy win as they pulled out to a 13 point lead in the first 11 minutes of the second half. But the Lady Eagles started fighting back and tied the game at 63-all at the 4:18 mark.

Delta rebounded to a five point lead with less than three minutes remaining but Meridian charged back, with the aid of three trips to the charity stripe which saw starters Niya Head and Ashanti Spencer foul out, and took a two point lead with nine seconds left. A bucket by Krystal Nailer sent the game into overtime.

The Lady Trojans, with two starters out, were outgunned in OT as the Lady Eagles, with only eight fouls on the board, took full advantage and finished the game up by eight, 85-77.

Nailer led Mississippi Delta with 18 points. She was followed by Kalesha Williams with 13, and Ashanti Spencer and India Overstreet with 10 points each.

The Lady Trojans end their season with an 8-4 North Division record and a 13-10 overall record.

Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans clenched at berth in the MJCAA state JUCO basketball tournament Thursday night by defeating Northeast Community College 79-77 while the Trojans finished their season with an 88-73 win at home.

The women's game was nip and tuck through the first 14 minutes before the Lady Trojans went on a 22-8 run to end the first half up 48-31.

The MDCC women seemed to be cruising to an easy victory when the Lady Tigers found new life and the Lady Trojans went stone cold. Northeast went on a 16-4 run that cut Delta's lead to just five points, 59-54, at the 11minute mark.

From there on both teams battled back and forth with the Lady Tigers tieing the game five times. Each time the Lady Trojans would respond but were never able to get more than a three point advantage.

Northeast tied the game for the final time after stealing the ball and hitting one of two free throws on the subsequent foul with 14 seconds remaining. Mississippi Delta drove the length of the court where sophomore guard India Overstreet was fouled with two seconds remaining. She sank both free throws to seal the victory.

Ashanti Spencer led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 18 points. She was followed in double figures by Aqueshia Kimble with 17, Niya Head and Krystal Nailer with 12 each, and Mary Washington with 10 points. The was Sophomore Night at MDCC and Overstreet, Spencer, Nailer, and Alexus Ward, along with manager Michelle Hart, were honored following the game.

The win leaves the Lady Trojans with an 8-4 North Division record (13-9 overall) which puts them in third place in their division. The top four teams from the North and South Divisions will square off beginning Tuesday in the state tournament which will pit the one and four seeds and the two and three seeds against each other in the first round.

The Mississippi Delta men had no chance of participating in tournament play but they showed what a relaxed, talented team could do with an easy 15 point win over the visiting Tigers.

The Trojans led by eight points in the first few minutes but the Tigers cut that lead to one with about seven minutes left in the first half. Sophomore guard Johnny Rucker then calmly hit three treys in a row to push the lead back out to 10 points and the half ended with Delta up 46-29.

The Trojans expanded their lead to 21 points early in the second half and kept it in double figures all the way to the 3:55 mark when the Tigers managed to cut the advantage to nine points, 76-67. That lasted as long as it took Rucker to get fouled and hit both free throws. The Trojans kept the lead in double figures the rest of the game.

Rucker was the game's leading scorer with 24 points for the night. He was followed in double figures by Marquarius Boddie and Kel'Drek Young with 14 points each, Zamarlus Griffin with 12 points, and Darius Duke with 11 points. Sophomores Rucker, Boddie, Young, Gregory Junearick, D'ante Russell-Hall, and Nathaniel Watkins were honored during Sophomore Night.

The Trojans ended their season with a 3-9 North Division mark and a 9-14 overall record.

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