- Tuesday, 02 February 2016 04:57
MOORHEAD – Both Mississippi Delta basketball teams fell to Northeast Mississippi CC Monday night in doubleheader action at J.T. Hall Coliseum.
For Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team, it lost by a score of 65-49 to the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Trojans won the tip and held a short lead until 6:49 left in the first period. Northeast took control and carried the lead to halftime by a score of 32-20. Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led MDCC at the break with six points and one rebound.
Both teams played a competitive second half of basketball, but the Lady Trojans couldn’t pull off the comeback. Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold led MDCC in scoring with nine points and five rebounds. Harper totaled eight points and three rebounds on the night.
The Lady Trojans will travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lady Lions of East Mississippi CC. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to compete against the Northwest Mississippi CC Lady Rangers.
Coach Derrick Fears’ men’s squad (10-8, 2-5) clashed against a very physical Northeast team from start to finish Monday night. At the half, the Tigers held a one-point lead (31-30), which they added to in the second half. The margin was small, but Northeast held on to beat MDCC 72-68.
Sophomore center Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Dantaveous Crawford had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Both teams travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lions of East Mississippi CC. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to face Northwest Mississippi CC.
- Wednesday, 27 January 2016 09:27
CLARKSDALE – Monday’s matchups against Coahoma proved to be two physical and hard-fought games on the court for the Mississippi Delta basketball programs.
Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team held the lead through the entire first period until Coahoma pushed ahead late in the second period to take a 32-23 lead at the break. Racquel Harper led the Lady Trojans in scoring at the half with seven.
Coahoma would continue to lead the contest the rest of the game. MDCC rallied for a comeback late in the fourth quarter but dropped the decision 64-63.
In the men’s nightcap, Coach Derrick Fears’ squad (10-7, 2-4) would battle Coahoma through regulation play and into its first overtime appearance to decide the game’s outcome. In the end, the Trojans fell 93-86, but not before displaying an energetic two halves of play.
The game was tied 18 times during regulation play including being tied at 35 at the half. The largest lead by either team in the second half was four points.
With .01 second remaining on the clock, sophomore Travon Harper drew a foul sending CCC to the free throw line, but they couldn’t convert, which sent the game into overtime.
MDCC took a brief two-point lead to start overtime play, but CCC quickly regained the lead and carried throughout the remainder of the ballgame.
For MDCC, sophomore Dantaveous Crawford had a double double and led the team in scoring with 24 points making 12 of 18 from the field and recording 12 rebounds.
Sophomore Travon Harper had 18 points making 5 of 11 from the field and 8 of 12 free throws. Harper also had eight rebounds on the night.
Both squads will resume play at J.T. Hall Coliseum on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. against Northeast Mississippi Community College.
- Wednesday, 09 December 2015 09:23
On Monday, MDCC’s men’s and women’s basketball programs traveled to Booneville to battle against the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi CC at Bonner Arnold Coliseum in their opening north division games. Both teams journeyed home with their first division loses.
In the women’s game, NEMCC struck first by putting four unanswered points on the board before MDCC sophomore forward Kenya Arnold would get a shot to fall from underneath.
First period play consisted of back and forth scoring from both squads with NEMCC leading 22-16 at the end of it.
With four minutes left in the second period, the Lady Trojans took the lead, but wouldn’t be able to hold on to it going into halftime. The Lady Tigers lead 39-38 at the break.
At the half, sophomore guards Racquel Harper and McKinnon Skeen led the team with 11 and seven points respectfully. First half stats show MDCC making 50 percent from the field and NEMCC making 56.7 percent from the field.
In the third period, the Lady Trojans kept the score close and tied it at 43 with 5:25 left on the clock. MDCC would go on a six-point scoring run to take a 49-43 lead with 3:00 left in third period and carry the lead well into the final period of play.
The squads would share the lead in the final period of play, but NEMCC would take the win by a score of 69-61. The Lady Trojans fall to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in the north division.
Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led the team with 18 points making 6 of 13 from the field and 5 of 7 free throws. Harper also racked up four rebounds, three assists and three steals on the night. Freshman forward O’Nesha Hunt scored 10 points making 3 of 7 from the field and 4 of 6 free throws. Hunt accumulated three rebounds and two steals.
In the men’s matchup, the Trojans won the tip but couldn’t convert on their first possession. Sophomore forward Dantaveous Crawford answered NEMCC’s five-point scoring run with a two-handed slam for two early in the first half.
NEMCC led until 14:33 left in the first half when Crawford sank a three to put MDCC ahead 10-7. Sophomore forward Travon Harper’s two-handed slam would extend the lead to 12-7 after the Trojans rebounded a missed Tiger shot with 13:36 left in the half.
Crawford and Harper put on a nice dunking contest for the crowd in the first half with three between the two of them, but the Tigers would take a 39-35 lead to the locker room at the half.
Halftime leaders for MDCC were sophomores Jaylen Ford and Crawford with nine and seven points respectfully. Ford made 3 of 7 from the field all of which were three- pointers.
NEMCC came out lighting up the scoreboard with threes in the second half and the Trojans found themselves trailing 71-63 with 5:06 left to play.
With 2:00 minutes left in the game, MDCC faced its largest deficit of the game down 83-68. NEMCC would go on to win by a score of 87-68. The Trojans fall to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in division play.
Monday’s game was the final competition for the fall semester. Both teams will resume play on Jan. 4, 2016 playing host to Southwest Mississippi CC with doubleheader action starting at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum.
- Saturday, 05 December 2015 04:21
The Lady Trojans watched their record fall to 1-7 after a loss to the Lady Bears of Baton Rouge CC Thursday night at J.T. Hall Coliseum.
BRCC scored first within the opening minute of play with a short jumper for two by freshman guard Rhomyia Tate.
The first period was a back-and-forth scoring match between the squads, but halfway through the period MDCC sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen drilled a three to put her team up 8-5, which was its first lead of the night.
The Lady Trojans took advantage of a trip to the stripe just before the end of the first period to tie it at 17. They would take a 36-33 lead into the locker room at the half, but struggled in the second half of play.
With just under seven minutes left in the third period, MDCC gave up the lead and never regained it. The fell to the Lady Bears by a score of 74-58
Freshman forward O’Nesha Hunt and sophomore guard Racquel Harper led the team in scoring with 21 and 15 points respectfully.
Freshman guard Cora Cooley led the team in rebounds with five.
Head Coach Derrick Fears and his men’s team (8-1) battled with a short lead against the Bears of Baton Rouge CC in the first half of the game, but started to pull away after the break to end the night with a 78-62 victory.
They took a 21-point lead, which was the longest of the night, late in the second half. On the night, the team tallied a total of 78 points making 46.7 percent (26 of 60) from the field and 55.6 percent (15 of 27) free throws.
Sophomores Jaylen Ford, Travon Harper and Dantaveous Crawford led the team in scoring with 16, 15 and 13 points respectfully.
Harper also led the team in rebounds with nine.
Both teams will travel to Northeast Mississippi CC in Boonville on Monday, Dec. 7 to open division play at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- 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.
- Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:45
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.
- Sunday, 15 November 2015 01:49
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.
- Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:07
Former Mississippi Delta Community College basketball player Anthony McDonald fell just five three-pointers short of breaking the all-time season record for treys at North Carolina Central University in their 75-71 loss to the University of Miami last Tuesday in the National Invitational Tournament.
McDonald ended the season with the NCCU Eagles with 105 three-pointers. The record is 109 treys in a season. The senior guard hit 105 of 277 shots from beyond the arc for a .379 percent completion rate. He hit 134 of 330 attempts for 426 points from the field for a .406 percent shooting rate.
The Eagles finished the season 25-8 after their first ever trip to the NIT. The 2014 MEAC Champs ended the season 17-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after falling 63-57 in the Conference Championship.
The Aberdeen native played under Coach Derrick Fears at Mississippi Delta Community College during the 2013 season where he averaged 22.3 points per game for the Trojans. His best game was a 36 point effort against Northeast Community College. He played one year at Itawamba Community College before coming to MDCC and then played his junior year at Mississippi Valley State (11.9 points per game) before finishing at NCCU.
- Sunday, 15 March 2015 13:12
Two Mississippi Delta Community College basketball players, Niya Head and Darrius Dukes, have received honors following the 2014-2015 basketball season.
The Lady Trojans’ Niya Head of Tchula was one of five players recently named to the 2015 MACJC All-State Basketball North Division First Team and one of ten players named to the NJCAA Region XXIII First team. The 5’10” sophomore forward scored 356 points in 23 games (15.5 points per game) with 23 assists and 15 steals for the season. Head scored 20 points or more in seven games this season. Her best game was a 27 point effort against Hinds Community College.
MDCC Trojans’ Darrius Dukes of Ashland was named to the MACJC All-State Basketball North Division Second Team. The 6’0” sophomore guard scored 280 points in 19 games (14.7 points per game) and 22 assists this season. Dukes scored 20 points or more in six games this season. His best effort was 34 points against East Mississippi.
MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association
North Division Members:
Mississippi Delta Community College
Holmes Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Itawamba Community College
Coahoma Community College
East Mississippi Community College
South Division Members:
Hinds Community College
East Central Community College
Meridian Community College
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Southwest Mississippi Community College
Pearl River Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jones Junior College
- Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:39
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans made an early exit from the State Basketball Championship Tournament losing 70-61 to the No.1 South seed Pearl River Community College Wildcats Tuesday night at Wesson.
The Trojans led during the early going of the first half but the Wildcats tied the game at 22-all at the 10:15 mark and led the remainder of the way. The score was 39-34 Pearl River at the break.
The Cats pushed out to an 11 point lead at several points during the second half but the Trojans kept fighting and closed the gap to just five points four different times before Pearl River ended the game with another push out to 11.
Sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin made the final bucket of the game and was the game’s high scorer with 18 points. He was followed by sophomore guard Darius Dukes with 13 points (4-7 treys) and freshman center Travon Harper with 10 points. Tyrone McNeese and Ondarious Hamlin added eight points apiece.
The Trojans end their MACJC season with a 10-13 overall record and a 6-6 North Division mark. Teams for the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament (Mississippi and Louisiana) have not been set so it is not known if the Trojans will seeded in that tournament this year.