MDCC hoops split in pre-holiday tournament

  • Saturday, 21 November 2015 06:57

Both Mississippi Delta basketball teams participated in a tournament at Northwest Mississippi CC in Senatobia, Miss. Thursday afternoon and brought home a loss and a win respectfully.

The Lady Trojans (1-5) started off strong against the Lady Cougars of Lawson State CC with sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen sinking a three.

MDCC would carry the lead throughout the entire first period of play. A strong drive to the basket by sophomore guard Racquel Harper would put the lead to 11, which was the longest in the opening period.

Up 22-11, MDCC would start strong in the second period, but would have to defend against Lawson State’s fast breaks and post players doing work underneath.

Coach Bernadette McDonald’s squad went to the locker room at the half with a 38-26 lead. Harper led the team during the first half with 12 points making 3 of 4 from the field and being perfect from beyond the arc and from the stripe.

The Lady Cougars would speed things up in the second half and come back to take the lead 50-48 with 7:35 left to play in the final period. Behind by one and facing the final minute of play, the Lady Trojans took advantage of a trip to the free throw line to tie it up at 59, but wouldn’t be able to hang on.

Lawson State would over power MDCC and go on to win 63-59. O’Nesha Hunt and Harper led the team in scoring with 15 and 13 points respectfully. Hunt was 7 of 10 from the field with two rebounds.

The men’s team played Faith Prep from Marion, Ark. directly after the women’s game Thursday afternoon.

The Trojans (5-1) got on the board first, but Faith Prep answered by driving down the court and got the layup to fall to tie it 2-2 at the start of the game.

With 11:02 left in the first half of play, MDCC would go up 21-9 and never look back. It would go to the break leading 41-32.

In the second half, the Trojans would extend the lead to 74-48, which was the longest of the night. MDCC would defeat Faith Prep by a final score of 84-61.

Game leaders for MDCC were sophomore forwards Dantaveous Crawford and Travon Harper with each scoring 17 points.

Crawford was 5 of 8 from the field and perfect from the stripe and beyond the arc. Harper was 7 of 11 from the field and made 2 of 5 free throws. Freshman center Michael Sission led the team in rebounds with nine.

Both teams will travel to Wesson to take on Copiah-Lincoln CC on Monday, Nov. 30 then return home to host Baton Rouge CC on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

Men lose first game of the season

  • Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:45

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Mississippi Delta’s Lady Trojan basketball team dropped a close decision to Hinds Community College Monday night at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium in Utica, Miss.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper put MDCC on the board first, but Hinds immediately answered with two on the other end to quickly tie it up 2-2.

The squads participated in a fast-paced back and forth first quarter with the Lady Trojans keeping the lead for the first 3 minutes of play.

With two minutes left in the opening quarter, Lady Trojans led 11-7 but the Lady Bulldogs would go on a 4-point run and tie it at 11 headed into the second quarter.

Areleatha Gipson started the second quarter off with a basket underneath to go up 13-11 and give the Lady Bulldogs their first lead of the night.

Hinds would then capitalize on MDCC fouls and turnovers and extend the lead to 21-11 with just under eight minutes to play until the half.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored MDCC 10-9 in the last five minutes of the half and carried a 35-21 lead to the locker room.

For the Lady Trojans, freshman forward Lynesha McCurry led the team at the break with seven points making 3 of 5 from the field and 1 of 4 from the stripe. McCurry also had four rebounds.

Gipson led Hinds with seven points making 3 of 7 from the field and 50 percent of free throws.

Starting the second half, O’Nesha Hunt put the Lady Trojans on the board first in the third quarter with a made block shot shortening Hinds lead to 12 points. .

Back to back threes by sophomore forwards McKinnon Skeen and Kenya Arnold brought the Lady Trojans within one trailing 41-40 with just under three minutes left until the final quarter of play.

The fourth quarter was filled with several trips to the free throw lines for both squads. With six minutes left in the game, Hinds barely hung onto a 1-point lead.

After five combined trips to the stripe for both teams in the fourth quarter, MDCC’s Hunt made two freebies to tie the game at 65 with 16 seconds left in the contest.

But Hinds’ Hiliary Kemp would get the layup to fall to put Lady Bulldogs up 67-65 with four seconds left in the game and the Lady Trojans couldn’t recover. Hinds improved to 4-1 and MDCC falls to 1-4 on the season.

Hunt was the lead scorer with 15 points making 4 of 8 shots from the field, all of which were three pointers, and was 2 of 3 from the stripe. McKinnon Skeen and McCurry each scored 14 points. McCurry led the team with seven rebounds.

In the nightcap, the men’s squad couldn’t seem to catch a break and lost its first game of season to Hinds with a final score of 68-62.

Trojans (4-1) won the tip but sent the Bulldogs to the free throw line two minutes into the game. After the two missed freebies, Dantaveous Crawford would drain a three on the other end to put MDCC on the board, but Hinds was there to answer with a basket good for two to cut the lead to 3-2.

After another trip the the free throw line by the Bulldogs and Travon Harper doing work underneath, MDCC would go up 5-3 with 14 left in the half.

Hinds would outscore the Trojans 23-16 in the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 37-23 lead into the break.

For the Trojans, Crawford tallied the most points at the break with nine making 100 percent of his shots from the field and the stripe.

Hinds’ David Robinson would make the first basket of the second half and extend the lead to 16 points.

Head Coach Derek Fears’ squad would battle back and cut the lead down, but the Bulldogs were too much to handle and handed the Trojans their first loss of the season.

On the night, Travon Harper would rack up the most points for MDCC with 18 making 6 of 11 from the field and making 6 of 11 free throws and totaling eight rebounds. His teammate Crawford scored 17 points making 6 of 7 from the field and shooting 100 percent from the stripe. Mark Johnson had a team leading nine rebounds.

Both teams will travel to Senatobia on Nov. 19 to take on Faith Prep from Marion, Arkansas.

Get your brooms Trojan fans because your men’s and women’s basketball teams have pulled off their first sweep of the season.

Head Coach Burnadette McDonald and her Lady Trojans basketball team marked its first tally in the win column Thursday night by beating Pearl River CC 63-55 at J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss.

MDCC won the opening tip and went on a 6-point scoring run before the Lady Wildcats were able to get a basket to fall.

The Lady Trojans would lead the entire first half and went to the break up 23-16. However, PRCC brought the heat in the second half and gained the lead for the first time with 2:21 left in the 3rd quarter. The Lady Wildcats would hold onto a 39-37 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

The second half of the game was filled with turnovers and fast breaks, but would play in the Lady Trojans favor at the end of the night.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper was the lead scorer for MDCC with 22 points, 20 of those coming in the second half. Harper was 8 of 12 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold pulled down eight rebounds on the night. As a team, the Lady Trojans were 21 of 42 from the field and 18 of 25 from the stripe.

In the men’s contest, Head Coach Derek Fears and the Trojans (4-0) also got a victory. MDCC won the tip but couldn’t covert and quickly turned it over to the Wildcats.

But it didn’t take long for the Trojans to get on the board with a drive to the left side of the basket by sophomore point guard Anthony Mabon who dished it back out to sophomore forward Travon Harper who nailed the short jumper for two.

The entire first half of play consisted of back-and-forth scoring and several lead changes, but MDCC would head to the locker room ahead 41-30 over PRCC.

Fears’ squad led the entire second half and finished strong with a 79-69 win. Harper led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game with 17 making 4 of 5 from the field and 9 of 10 free throws.

He had help with sophomore’s Dantaveous Crawford and Octavius Stimage scoring 14 and 12 points respectfully. Both Crawford and Stimage were perfect from the stripe making 6 of 6 free throws. Sophomore forward Mark Johnson led the team in rebounds with nine.

Both teams travel to Utica Monday, Nov. 16 to take on Hinds Community College with action starting at 6 p.m. The next home game will be Thursday, Dec. 3 with the Lady Trojans and Trojans playing host to Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Lady Trojan Named All-Star MVP

  • Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:48

Mississippi Delta Community College sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer of Bentonia was named MVP of the women’s MACJC All-Star basketball game held last Friday at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Spencer poured in a game-high 13 points to lead the North All-Star team to an 81-69 victory over the South All-Stars. Mississippi Delta sophomore guard Krystal Nailer of Shaw was the North’s second high scorer with 11 points.

On the men’s side, MDCC sophomore guard Johnny Rucker of Yazoo City was the second highest scorer for the North team which lost 121-117 in a shootout to the South. Trojan sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie of Memphis scored three points for the North.

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.