The Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams suffered a sweep Saturday afternoon at home against East Central Community College with the Lady Trojans losing 96-75 and the Trojans falling 80-77 in OT.
The Lady Trojans held the score close in the first half going into the dressing room down by only seven points, 49-42. But, they just couldn’t contain sophomore guard Tashi-ana Thompson of Lithonia, GA, who poured in 28 points or sophomore forward Shakerya Morrison of Wendell, NC, who added 16 points. These two together scored 44 points.
The Lady Trojans were led by sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble who scored 19 points and sophomore forward Niya Head who added 14. Freshman guards Rachel Harper and Eugenia Gilliam scored 11 points each in the effort.
The Lady Trojans also lost a close game Thursday night at Poplarville falling 60-57 to the Lady Wildcats of Pearl River Community College. Niya Head was the game’s high scorer with 14 points. She was followed in double figures by Kenya Arnold with 11 points.
In Saturday’s men’s game the Trojans trailed most of the first half and were down by 11 points, 41-30 at the break. But, Delta fought back in the second half, with a 13 point effort by freshman center Travon Harper and 11 points from sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese, to take a one point lead, 58-57, on the strength of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin.
The game was nip and tuck from there on in with neither team gaining more than a three point advantage. The Trojans held a 72-70 lead with 23 seconds remaining before the Wildcats tied the game with a bucket to send the contest into OT.
Delta’s Tyrone McNeese opened the OT scoring with a trey that was immediately answered by Pearl River who then took a two point lead with 3:09 remaining. Griffin tied the game at 77-all with 2:40 left and both teams missed shots until the Wildcats drained a trey with three seconds left in the game. A desperation shot from mid-court by the Trojans sailed wide.
Tyrone McNeese led the Trojans in scoring with 20 points while sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin scored a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Zarmarlus Griffin and Travon Harper provided 11 points each.
In Thursday’s game at Poplarville the Trojans again came up short by three points, 60-57 after being down 33-27 at the break. Darius Dukes led Delta in scoring with 12 points and Travon Harper scored a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The losses drop the Lady Trojans overall record to 1-4 overall and the Trojans to 3-2 overall, all against South Division teams. Both teams will be back in action Monday night in Moorhead for games against Hinds Community College at 6 & 8 p.m.
Hannah Leflore of Greenwood, Miss. was crowned the winner of the Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant Nov. 11, 2014 at MDCC’s Moorhead, Miss. campus.
Leflore was crowned by outgoing Miss MDCC Kaylan Frye of Leland, Miss. Leflore was presented roses by Dr. Larry Nabors, college president, and a title sash by Dr. Edward Rice, vice president of student services.
Contestant Shannon McKinney of Indianola, Miss. was named first alternate. Keyairra Frison, also of Indianola, was named second alternate. Eleven MDCC students competed in the categories of talent, evening wear, interview, and swimsuit.
The pageant is directed by Ms. Stacy Upton and is sponsored by the college, the MDCC Development Foundation, Inc., and the MDCC Alumni Association. The college provides a tuition scholarship for students returning to MDCC the next academic year. The Alumni and Foundation provide a stipend for wardrobe and fees associated with the Miss Mississippi Pageant.
Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant and state preliminary of Miss America. Mississippi Delta Community College holds a local pageant each year as a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant.
Mississippi Delta Community College President Dr. Larry Nabors is pleased to announce that Jim Aycock has been selected as the new director of the college’s computer services department. Aycock of Inverness, Miss., will assume his new duties in January of 2015 following the retirement of current director Jimmy Free.
“As a proud graduate of MDCC, I’m fortunate and thankful for this opportunity,” Aycock says. “I’ve worked the last seven years in MDCC’s computer services department, having been promoted to my previous position of network administrator in 2009. The knowledge I’ve gained during this time, as well as the college-wide relationships I’ve built, has prepared me for this leadership position. I am motivated and enthusiastic for the opportunity to implement new technology products that will enhance all aspects of the college. I recognize the importance of a campus-wide technology plan to enhance learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity.”
In addition to his experience at MDCC, Aycock previously worked in the field of computer services in the healthcare and food production industries. He is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree at Mississippi Valley State University.
Aycock is a board member and the social media chair of the MDCC Alumni Association, is a member of the MDCC Development Foundation Scholarship Committee, is a member of the Mississippi Community College Board’s Technical Operations Council, and is a member of the Mississippi Mobilization Task Force.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans ran their record to 3-0 with a 75-72 overtime win over the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears at home Monday night in Moorhead while the Delta women fell to 1-2 overall with a 77-53 loss to the Lady Bears.
The Trojans fell behind by as much as four points in the early going of the first half but then made a run to take a four point lead of their own, 24-20, with 4:05 remaining. The Bears answered with a couple of three pointers to take a 30-24 lead into the locker room at the break.
Delta spent the first five minutes of the second half chipping away at that lead and with the aid of two three pointers by sophomore guard Darius Dukes and eight points, including a trey, by sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese pulled out to a seven point lead, 46-39, at the 12:50 mark. This was to be the biggest lead of the night by either team.
The Bears regained the lead at the nine minute mark and the Trojans tied the game five times in the final minutes but could not gain the upper hand. Southwest led by three points with 1:05 left in the game when sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin tied the game at 68-all with a three pointer. Both teams missed easy layups in the final minute that could have won the game.
Southwest controlled the first two-plus minutes of OT and pushed out to a four point lead with 2:26 remaining. Then, Dukes hit two free throws and McNeese tied the game on a fast break layup. A missed shot by the Bears and another fast break layup by McNeese put the Trojans up 74-72 with 38 seconds left in OT.
A mishandled ball and a steal led to a Joshua Madison free throw that put MDCC up by three points with seven second remaining. The Bears got the final shot and missed a three pointer that would have tied the game.
The Trojans had five players in double figures led by Zarmarlus Griffin and Darius Dukes (4-5 treys) with 16 points each. They were followed by Tyrone McNeese with 15 points, Travon Harper with 12 points and Ondarious Hamlin with 1 points and nine rebounds.
The Lady Trojans took their only lead, 6-5, on a bucket by McKinnon Skeen at the 15:02 mark in the first quarter. The Lady Bears then poured on the points and led by 19 at the 2:28 mark before closing out the first half with a 35-18 lead.
Things only got worse in the second half as the Southwest women pushed their lead to 30 points on six occasions before the game ended with a 24 point Lady Bears lead, 77-53.
Freshman guard Eugenia Gilliam led the Lady Trojans with 15 points while sophomore forward Niya Head was the only other Lady Trojan in double figures with 12 points.
Both teams will be on the road Thursday night as they head to Poplarville to take on South Division foe Pearl River Community College at 5 & 7 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans opened the 2014-15 basketball season with a sweep of Hinds Community College on the road in Utica Monday night with the Lady Trojans winning 68-52 and the Trojans taking a 71-58 victory.
The MDCC women were led by sophomore Nyah Head of Tchula with 27 points and 12 rebounds and freshman guard McKinnon Skeen of Cleveland with 14 points. Sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble of Charleston owned the boards with 18 rebounds while adding eight points and sophomore point guard Mary Washington of Charleston added nine points.
Sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese of Mabon led the Trojans with a game high 18 points (five rebounds). He was followed by sophomore guards Zarmarlus Griffin of Memphis and Darius Dukes of Ashland with 11 points each while freshman forward David Brooks of Jackson had a team high six rebounds.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be back on the road again Thursday night as they travel to Wesson to take on always-powerful Copiah-Lincoln Community College at 6 and 8 p.m.
The East Mississippi Community College Lions demonstrated why they are the No.1 team in the nation Thursday night in Scooba as they found five different ways to score 11 times on the way to a 65-0 defeat on the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans.
The Lions scored five touchdowns through the air on passes of 32, 12, 8, 6 and 7 yards while connecting on 29 of 41 passes for 336 yards. They also rushed for three more touchdowns on runs of 5, 3 and 1 yards. For the night they rushed 33 times for 192 yards for 528 yards of total offense.
East Mississippi also connected on a 37 yards field goal and caught MDCC quarterback Devin Adams in his own end zone for a safety. The fifth way the Lions scored was a 15 yard fumble return for their ninth touchdown of the night. The Lions scored on drives of 73 yards, 60, 60, 69, 82, 67, 5, 74, and 59 yards.
Mississippi Delta was unable to get anything going on offense against the Lions’ swarming defense. For the night, the Trojans rushed just 24 times for 49 yards and connected on three of 12 passes for 17 yards for 66 yards of total offense. The Trojans recorded just three first downs on the night while the Lions racked up 26.
The Trojans ended the 2014 season with a 3-5 overall record and a 2-4 North Division mark. The Lions end the regular season with a 9-0 record and a 6-0 North Division slate and will go on to host the No.2 team from the South Division in the first round of the State playoffs.