MDCC Falls To East Mississippi

The Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams suffered twin defeats Thursday night against East Mississippi Community College at Scooba with the Lady Trojans falling 77-66 and the Trojans losing 86-45.

The EMCC Lady Lions went on an 11-0 run to open the game but the Delta women fought back to tie the game at 19-all. The Lady Trojans took a three point lead, 25-22, at the 6:10 mark but that was soon erased by one of seven three point baskets for the Lady Lions.

The East Mississippi women led by one point, 34-33, at the break and that’s as close as the Lady Trojans would come for the remainder of the game. Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer led MDCC in scoring with 16 points. She was followed by freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble with 14 points, sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer with 13 points and freshman forward Niya Head with 12 points.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-2 in the North Division and drops them out of the three-way tie for first place in the division race. They also fall to 11-7 overall.

The Trojans, who defeated the Lions 76-74 in their first encounter of the year, ran into a buzz saw at Scooba. The revenge-minded Lions scored big (seven treys in the first half) and often and had opened up a 31 point lead, 47-16, at the 2:10 mark in the first half. The half ended with EMCC up 47-21.

Tings only got worse in the second half as the Lions pushed out to as much as a 42 point lead at one point before ending the game up by 41 points. Only two Trojans, freshman forward Kel’Drek Young (11) and sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie (10) ended the game in double figures.

The loss drops the Trojans to 2-6 in North Division play and 8-11 overall. The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be at home Monday night as they welcome their counterparts from Coahoma Community College to the J.T. Hall Coliseum. Games begin at 6 and 8 p.m.

MDCC Sweeps Holmes CC

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans pulled off another North Division sweep Monday night at home as the women defeated the Lady Bulldogs 78-55 and the men edged their Holmes counterparts 65-61.

The Lady Trojans were ice cold in the early goings of the first half and soon found themselves in a six point hole before the ball started dropping. After that, it took six minutes to gain the lead and another three minutes to race out to a 15 point, 27-12 lead following a 13-0 run that included seven points by freshman guard Kalesha Williams and five points by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer.

The half ended with the Lady Trojans on top by nine points, 32-23 and the Lady Trojans opened the second half with a 14-4 run that put them up by 22 points, 54-32, at the 12 minute mark.

Delta put it in cruise control for the rest of the game leading by as much as 23 points while never letting the lead slip below 16 points. Nailer led the game in scoring with 24 points going 9/11 from the floor and 6/8 from the free throw line. She was followed by Williams with 14 points, and Mary Washington with 13 points. In all, 11 of the 13 players who saw action put points on the board.

The win brings the Lady Trojans to 6-1 in North Division play and 11-6 overall and still tied for first place in division play.

The Trojans didn’t have as easy a time with the Bulldogs and trailed all by a couple of minutes of the first half. Delta trailed by as many as eight points, at the 5:36 mark, but fought back to take a three point lead, 32-29, into the locker room at the break.

MDCC maintained their lead all throughout the second half leading by as many as eight points, 46-38, in the early going. But, the Dogs fought back to tie the game at 59-all with 1:44 remaining on the clock.

A bucket, and one, by freshman point guard Anthony Mabon gave the Trojans the lead again and the Bulldogs missed a three-pointer with three seconds left in the game that would have tied it all up again.

Sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie led the game in scoring with 16 points while sophomore guard Johnny Rucker recorded a double/double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The win moves the Trojans to 2-5 in the North Division and 8-10 overall.

Mississippi Delta will be on the road Thursday in Scooba as they travel to East Mississippi Community College for games at 5:30 and 7:30.

Lady Trojans Regain Share of First Place

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans went back to their winning way Monday night defeating the Northeast Community College Lady Tigers 76-72 at Booneville while the Trojans dropped another close contest 77-76 in OT.

The women’s matchup was a close game for almost the entire contest with the lead changing hands five times in the first half and another five times in the second half. The Delta women took the largest lead in the first stanza, 28-22, but the first half ended with the Lady Tigers up 32-28 following a 10-0 run.

The Lady Trojans battled back from that 10 point deficit to take a one point lead, 43-42, on the strength of a three-point shot by freshman guard Kalesha Williams at the 12:32 mark and took the lead for good at the 11:15 mark when freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble sank a pair of free throws from the charity stripe. MDCC took its longest lead of the night, 71-63, with 1:26 remaining when Kimble made two more free throws courtesy of a technical foul called on the Tigers’ coach.

Kimble led the game in scoring with an outstanding 27 points going 8/9 from the floor and hitting 11/12 free throws. She was followed in double figures by sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer with 13 points and Kalesha Williams with 11 points. In all, eight of the nine Lady Trojans who saw action scored points.

The win puts the Lady Trojans at 5-1 in the North Division (10-6 overall) and leaves them in a three way tie with East Mississippi CC and Itawamba CC at the end of the first round of division play. Round two for the Deltans kicks off Monday, February 3, at Moorhead when Holmes Community College comes to visit.

The Trojans and the Tigers spared for the first five minutes of their game Monday night before Delta caught first and ended the half up by 16 points, 40-24.

That lead held until the 8:25 mark of the game when the Tigers drained the third of their eight three point buckets for the half and tied the game at 58. The final eight minutes was a tit-for-tat struggle in which neither team could gain more than a five point advantage.

The Trojans held a one point lead, courtesy of two free throws by freshman forward Anthony Maben with 13 seconds remaining, when they sent the Tigers to the line for two shots with one tick left on the clock. Northeast made one of the two shots to send the game into overtime.

In OT the Trojans pulled out to a five point lead, 87-82 with 2:43 remaining, but Northeast again tied the game with two free throws at the 2:12 mark. Neither team could score, and in their final possession the Tigers ran the clock down to seven seconds before being fouled. They made one of two free throws and the Trojans were unable to score in the final seconds.

Marquarius Boddie was co-leading scorer in the game with 22 points and was followed in double figures by James Evans with 17 points and Johnny Rucker with 14 points. The loss drops MDCC to 1-5 in the North Division and 7-10 overall.

Mississippi Delta has the rest of the week off and will return to action Monday night as they host Holmes Community College in Moorhead at 6 and 8 p.m.

Mississippi Delta Swept By Itawamba CC

The Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams suffered a rare double loss Thursday night at home in Moorhead as the Itawamba Lady Indians defeated the Lady Trojans 80-66 and the Indians edged the Trojans 75-72.

The Lady Trojans, who were 4-0 in North Division play, ran into a bunch of hot-shooting Lady Indians who were 4-1 in division play and coming off their first division loss of the season.

The Itawamba women almost literally couldn’t miss as they shot 80% from the field, 70% from three point land and hit 82% of their free Throws. They were up 44-26 at the half after scoring 18 of those points off treys. Delta, on the other hand, could only manage 51% from the field, 43% from beyond the arc, and 78% from the charity stripe.

Itawamba led by as many as 24 points, 60-36, at the 12:10 point in the second half. The Lady Trojans managed to cut the lead to 16 on several occasions, but could get no closer until the final shot of the game cut the lead to 14.

Freshman forward Niya Head led the game in scoring with 23 points followed closely by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer with 22 points. They were the only Deltans in double figures. Lytia Coleman led Itawamba in scoring with 18 points.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 9-6 overall and 4-1 in North Division play.

The men’s game was a much tighter affair with neither team gaining more than a five point lead in the first half which ended with the Trojans down 39-34 after leading 30-25 five minutes earlier.

The second half was no different with neither team managing more than a three point lead down the stretch until the Indians pushed out to a 69-63 advantage following two free throws at the 3:21 mark.

It took over two minutes, but the Trojans fought back to take a 72-70 lead on a put back by sophomore center James Evans with 1:02 remaining. Itawamba tied the game with 46 seconds and the Trojans took their time looking for a go-ahead shot. Instead, they turned the ball over with 13 seconds remaining and the Indians sank a three-point shot at the buzzer to take the win.

Evans led the game in scoring with 21 points and scored a double-double with 12 rebounds. He was followed in double figures by sophomore forward Johnny Rucker with 18 points and sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie with 11 points. In all, 10 of the 11 Trojans who played scored points. Tyrone Wooten led Itawamba in scoring with 20 points.

The loss drops the Trojans to 7-9 overall and 1-4 in North Division play. Mississippi Delta will be on the road Monday night as they travel to Booneville to take on North Division foe Northeast Community College at 5:30 and 7:30.

Lady Trojans Are Undefeated In Division Play

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans defeated the Northwest Community College Lady Rangers 88-73 Tuesday night in Moorhead while the Trojans fell 86-78 to the Northwest Rangers.

The Lady Trojans’ win brings their North Division record to 4-0 and gives them sole possession of first place in the division. They are also 9-5 overall at this point in the season.

The early going was a back and forth affair with the Delta women taking a five point lead in the early going only to fall to a three point deficit less than three minutes later. But, the Lady Trojans took control of the game at the 11:44 mark with a go-ahead basket by sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer and never looked back. Delta led by 10 points, 39-29, at the break.

The score stayed within a four point range of the spread at the break nine minutes of the second half. At that point the Lady Trojans went on an 8-0 run, starting with a three point shot by freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble, that gave the Delta women a 19 point lead and a comfortable cushion and what proved to be an insurmountable lead for the remainder of the game.

The Lady Rangers did make a run in the final minutes that cut the lead to 11 points, 76-65, with four minutes remaining. But the Lady Trojans soon pushed that back out to 16 points before winning by 15.

Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 18 points (going 8-10 from the charity stripe). She was followed in double figures by Kimble (who was perfect going 6-6 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line) with 16 points, freshman forward Niya Head with 15 points and freshman guard Kalesha Williams with 10 points. Northwest freshman forward Tekevanna Young led the game with 25 points.

The Trojans scored the first basket of the men’s game and then played from behind the rest of the night after the Rangers pushed out to a 15 point lead, 25-10, at the 10:53 mark. Delta was down by 18 points at the break, 54-36.

Mississippi Delta went on an 18-8 run late in the game but could only pull to within 10 points, 84-74, at the 2:21 mark before ending the game down 86-78.

Sophomore center James Evans led the Trojans in scoring with 15 points and was followed in double figures by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie with 14 points, freshman guard Darius Duke with 12 points and sophomore forward Nathaniel Watkins with 10 points. The difference in the game was Northwest’s 8-17 three pointers compared with 4-17 for the Trojans and the Rangers’ 16-25 free throws compared to Delta’s 10-19 free throws.

The loss drops the Trojans overall record to 7-8 and 1-3 in the North Division. Mississippi Delta will be at home again Thursday night to take on North Division foe Itawamba Community College at 6 and 8.

MDCC Baseball Grand Slam Dinner Set For February 1

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team would like to invite you to its third Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, February 1st, at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. Guest speaker will be head coach at Delta State University Mike Kinnison.

The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2014 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the season opener at Copiah-Lincoln Community College on February 8th. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.

Mike Kinnison is in his 17th season as head coach of one of the most storied programs in collegiate baseball. In 2011 Coach Kinnison tied his former coach and mentor Dave “Boo” Ferriss for the school’s career wins mark at 639. In 26 seasons, Ferriss compiled a 639-387-8 record as head coach of the Statesmen. Kinnison accomplished the feat in 15 seasons as skipper.

In 2011, Kinnision joined the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame receiving the highest honor an athlete or coach can receive in Mississippi, Today, he is still hard at work.

Since 1997, Kinnison has accomplished an unbelievable career record of 747-227-2 (.765). He has averaged 44 wins per season as head coach. His all-time career record, including high school, is an astounding 995-297-1 (.768).

In 2004, he earned the ABCA “National Coach of the Year” award after leading the Statesmen to the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. He has also been named the Gulf South Coach of the Year six times and appropriately named “Coach of the Decade” by the GSC in 2010.

In his 16 seasons as head coach, Kinnison has guided the Statesmen to the 2004 NCAA National title, five College World Series appearances (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2012), 10 NCAA South Regional appearances (1999-2005, 2007, 2008 & 2012), 11 GSC Western Division titles (1997-2005, 2007-2008), five NCAA South/South Central Regional championships and five Gulf South Conference titles.

Kinnison has also coached two American Baseball Coaches Association National Players of the Year in Dee Haynes (2000) and Jud Thigpen (2004).

For more information on the Grand Slam Dinner please contact MDCC Head Baseball Coach Michael Avalon at (601) 497-4300. Space is limited so reservations are requested.

MDCC Sweeps East Mississippi In North Division Play

Mississippi Delta brought out the brooms Monday night against North Division rival East Mississippi Community College as the Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Lions 67-51 and the Trojans edged their counterpart 76-74 at Moorhead.

The Lady Trojans lead their game for the first 12 minutes, holding as much as a nine point lead at the 7:54 mark, but the Lady Lions responded with flurry of offense and good defense to end the half with a 16-4 run to take a 24-21 lead into the locker room at the break.

Five minutes into the second half the Lady Trojans took a one point lead on a three-point bucket by sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer and never looked back as they went on a 27-7 scoring spree in the next 12 minutes. The Delta held as much as a 20 point lead with three minutes remaining in the game.

Spencer, from Bentonia, had the game of her life hitting 8-15 from the floor, 2-4 from three point land, and going 10-12 from the charity stripe for a game high total of 28 points. She was followed in double figures by sophomore forward with 16 points for the night. Sophomore guard Janay Townsel led East Mississippi with 17 points.

The win puts the Lady Trojans’ record at 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the North Division race which began in earnest this week.

The Trojans and Lions had a see-saw first half with both teams taking a small lead before the Deltans pushed out to a nine point lead, 26-17, at the seven minute mark. That lead slowly melted as the Lions chipped away and the half ended with the score knotted at 32-all.

It looked like the Lions would walk away with an easy win as they led the first 17-plus minutes and held a commanding 60-51 advantage with nine minutes left in the game. But, the Trojans fought back took a one point lead, 70-69, when freshman forward Kel’Drek Young canned two free throws with 2:42 on the clock.

Two buckets by sophomore center James Evans during the next two minutes gave Delta a five point lead but a three-point shot with 29 seconds remaining pulled East Mississippi to within two points. A free throw by freshman point guard Zamarlus Griffin made it a three point game with 21 seconds while the Lions could only answer with one free throw in the final seconds.

In the final two minutes the Lions missed four of six free throws while the Trojans went 2-4 from the charity stripe.

Sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie led the Trojans in scoring with 18 points (4-5 from three point range). He was followed by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker with 14 points and James Evans with 13 points. EMCC’s sophomore guard Jacolby Mobley led the game with 20 points (5-6 treys).

The win moves the Trojans to 7-6 overall and 1-1 in North Division play. Mississippi Delta will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Clarksdale to take on North foe Coahoma community College at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

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