Mississippi Delta Community College dropped a pair of North Division contests Monday night at Itawamba Community College in Fulton with the Lady Trojans losing 72-57 and the men falling 73-61.
The Lady Trojans led through most of the first six minutes of their game before the Lady Indians got on track and pushed out to as much as a nine point lead, 28-19, at the 6:45 mark. The half ended with Itawamba up 32-28.
Mississippi Delta made a push in the early goings of the second half and were up by a point but then hit a five minute streak when the ball just wouldn’t go in the basket. Itawamba didn’t seem to have that trouble and went on a 13-2 run during that time.
The Lady Indians bolted out to a 16 point lead, 63-47, and the Lady Trojans were just unable to make any kind of run from there on in. Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer had an outstanding night scoring a game high 20 points. Sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer was the only other player in double figures with 12 points and a team high eight rebounds.
The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 7-4 in North Division play and 12-9 overall. The women are currently in third place in the division race and with one game remaining appear to be headed to the state playoffs next week.
The Trojans started their game in the hole and after a disastrous five minute, 15-2 run by Itawamba, found themselves trailing by 15 points halfway through the first half. Things didn’t improve in the remainder of the half which ended with Itawamba leading 41-27.
Delta didn’t give up though, and after 14 minutes they tied the game at 54-all on two free throws by freshman Deandre Lacy. But, during the next three minutes the Trojans scored two points while sending the Indians to the charity stripe seven times where they 13 of 14 shots for an 11 point lead with 3:34 remaining in the game. Delta lost by 13 points, 74-61.
Freshman forward Kel’Drek Young was the only Trojan in double figures with 10 points. Three Trojans, Marquarius Boddie, Anthony Mabon and Lacy scored nine points each. The loss drops MDCC to 2-9 in the North Division and 8-14 overall.
Both teams will be at home Thursday night for the final game of the regular schedule. This will be Sophomore Night at MDCC and the Trojans and Lady Trojans will be welcoming Northeast Community College to the J.T. Hall coliseum. Games are at 6 and 8 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team split a pair of games with the Southwest Community College Eagles from Dyersburg, TN. Sunday at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead winning the first game 9-3 while dropping game two 4-0.
The Trojans got off to a fast start in game one scoring three runs in the first inning, off four hits, and adding one run in the second, off three hits, while right-handed freshman Hunter Vanderburg held the Eagles in check. Southwest closed the gap with three runs in the fourth, off two hits and a Trojans’ error.
But, Mississippi Delta answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and then blew the game open with three runs in the sixth to win 9-3. Delta’s nine runs came off 11 hits while Vanderburg (who went four innings), with relief from Dustin Lingle and Jacob Shempert held the Eagles to just three runs on four hits.
Shempert paced the Trojans at the plate with two doubles and two RBI singles while Conner Osborne added three singles and an RBI and Danny Springer had an RBI triple and a single. Brandon Cummins also had an RBI single while Tyler Mize, Carson Crites, and Michael Beloso added singles.
The Trojans’ bats remained silent in game two as the Eagles held MDCC scoreless through seven innings. All four of Southwest’s runs came in the fifth inning as the Eagles opened with two singles and scored runs on an error, a sacrifice fly, and four walks.
Mississippi Delta’s three hits came from a double by Carson Crites and singles by Danny Springer and Brandon Cummins. Lefthander Chandler Massengale opened the game and went four-and-a-third innings on the mound for MDCC. He was relieved by Matt Ray and Peyton Callahan.
The Trojans are currently 3-3 on the young season with wins over Copiah-Lincoln Community College and losses to Pearl River Community College last week. Delta will face Co-Lin again Tuesday, in Moorhead at 1 p.m., and then will host Jones Junior College Friday at 1 p.m.
Mississippi Delta Community College traveled to Senatobia Thursday night and came away with twin losses after the Lady Trojans were edged 66-65 and the Trojans fell 90-86 to Northwest Community College.
The Lady Trojans just couldn't seem to find the range in the first half and played from behind most of the way before sophomore guard Krystal Nailer tied the game with a bucket at the 2:20 mark and then gave MDCC a two point lead with 1:20 left in the half. Delta led 27-26 at the break.
The Lady Trojans pushed out to a five point lead to open the second half but Northwest soon turned that lead into a five point deficit and continued to lead most of the half. Delta fought back into the lead with 4:40 remaining and led for the next three minutes, but the Lady Rangers took a one point lead with under a minute to go and a layup by the Lady Trojans at the buzzer rolled off the rim.
Nailer led MDCC in scoring with 18 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Ashanti Spencer and Niya Head with 10 points each. Lady Ranger forward Carshava Sutton led the game with 27points and 15 rebounds.
The loss drops the Delta women to 7-3 in the North Division and 12-8 overall but they still maintain their hold on third place in the division race.
The Trojans jumped out to an early six point lead in the first five minutes of their game but then fell behind by eight points with five minutes remaining before ending the half down by three, 37-34.
The Rangers increased that lead to as many as 14 points in the second half before the Trojans started a comeback at the nine minute mark when sophomore guard Johnny Rucker hit three buckets in a row.
The Trojans continued to peck away at the lead and had narrowed the margin to just one point, with 4:55 remaining, when freshman guard Darius Duke canned a three and then hit two free throws to make the score 76-75.
That was as close as MS Delta would get as the Rangers pushed back out to a seven point lead with under two minutes left in the game. The Trojan cut that lead to two points on three occasions, the final time with 16 seconds remaining, but they were never able to regain the lead.
Sophomore guard Johnny Rucker had an outstanding game with a team high 26 points and 13 rebounds. He was followed in double figures by Anthony Mabon with 12 points and Kel'Drek Young with 10 points. Forward De'Sean Dockery led the Rangers and the game with 28 points.
The loss drops the Trojans to 2-8 in the North Division and 8-13 overall. Both teams will be on the road again Monday as they travel to Fulton for a North Division tilt with Itawamba Community College at 6 & 8 p.m.
Mississippi Delta Community College split a pair of games with Coahoma Community College Monday night in Moorhead when the Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Tigers 77-63 while the Trojans dropped their game 72-69 to the Tigers.
The first few minutes of the women's matchup was a se-saw affair with Mississippi Delta leading most of the way. The Lady Tigers tied the game at 11-all at the 9:29 mark but that was the last time they would see the lead in the game. The first half ended with the Lady Trojans up 30-24.
Delta opened the second half with a spurt that saw their lead expand to 16 points in the first three minutes. MDCC pushed that lead to as many as 17 points, 62-45, on a three-pointer by freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble with 5:40 remaining and never dropped it below double figures in the second stanza.
Kimble and sophomore guard Krystal Nailer led the Delta women in scoring with 16 points each and Nailer recorded a double/double with 10 rebounds while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer scored 14 points. In all, 11 of the team's 13 players scored points in the game.
The win raises the Lady Trojans to 7-2 in the North Division and brings them to 12-7 overall.
In game two, the Trojans seemed to have everything under control, especially in the first half which they lead the entire way ending with a 36-29 lead. At one point Delta led by 14 points, 22-8.
But, the Tigers kept chipping away and finally took a one point lead, 56-55, on one of their 10 three-pointers of the game at the 9:40 mark. The Trojans rebounded and pulled out to a four point lead, 69-65, with 1:50 remaining but were then outscored 7-0 to end the game down by three. A three point shot by Delta to tie the game at the buzzer fell short.
Sophomore center James Evans led MDCC in scoring with 15 points and earned a double/double with 10 rebounds. He was followed in double figures by sophomore Marquarius Boddie with 12 points, Kel'Drek Young with 11 points and Johnny Rucker with 10 points. CCC's Billy Jackson led the game with 24 points while Robert Jordan added 15.
The loss drops the Trojans to 2-7 in North Division play and 8-12 overall. MDCC will be on the road Thursday night at Northwest Community College in Senatobia with games at 5 & 7 p.m.