The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans pulled off their second lopsided victory in a row Monday night by defeating North Division foe Northeast Mississippi Community College 90-66 in Moorhead. The Lady Trojans were defeated 86-66.
The Trojans notched their first North Division game of the season in fine fashion never trailing after they tied the game 4-4 at the 16:28 mark of the first quarter. Mississippi Delta led by 13 points, 41-27, at the break.
The Deltans continued to pour in the points in the second half leading by 21 points, 58-37, at the 12:26 mark and by 30 points, 83-53, with five minutes remaining. The biggest lead was 33 points with 2:25 left in the game and came courtesy of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Darius Dukes who went 4-8 from beyond the arc and scored 16 points for the Trojans.
Sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin also score 16 points while sophomore center Travon Harper had a team high 19 points and scored a double-double with 10 rebounds for the night. Freshman guard Jabarie Escoffery also scored in double figures with 11 points.
The win puts the Trojans at 5-4 overall and 1-0 in North Division play. The Northeast Tigers drop to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in division play.
The women’s game was just the opposite of the men’s game. The Lady Trojans took an early lead but then went cold from the field. They trailed by as many as 13 points at the 2:56 mark but made a determined comeback that cut the deficit to six points, 42-36, at the break.
The Delta women’s cold streak continued in the second half while the Lady Tigers got hot running their lead to as many as 23 points, 79-56, at the 4:46 mark of the second half. Statistically Northeast hit 52 percent from the field while the Lady Trojans managed to hit just 36 percent.
Sophomore forward Niya Head was the only Lady Trojan with a hot hand pumping in a game high 20 points and notching another double-double with 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Eugenia Gilliam was the only other player in double figures with 12 points.
The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 2-7 overall and 0-1 in North Division play while the Lady Tigers improve to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in division play.
This was the final game of the year for both the Trojans and Lady Trojans. Their next action will be Monday, January 5th, against Southwest Community College in Summit.
Seven Mississippi Delta Community College sophomores have been chosen to play in the 41st Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Game to be held Thursday at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.
The seven include running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219) out of West Palm Beach, FL., quarterback Jaylon Daniels (5-11, 180) from Grenada, offensive lineman Edrick Thigpen (6-3, 325) from Drew, offensive lineman Josh Cooper (6-1, 315) from Yazoo City, defensive lineman Tony Williams (6-0, 260) from Jackson, defensive lineman Jordan Washington (6-3, 265) from Atlanta, GA., and defensive back Cedric Poole (5-11, 192) from Birmingham, AL.
The game will start at 1 p.m. and will feature players from all 14 Mississippi community colleges on two 33 man squads. The MDCC players will participate on the North squad under the direction of Holmes Community College Head Coach Jeff Koonz.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans trounced the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves for the second time this season with a 69-45 win at home Monday night while the Lady Trojans fell for the second time to the Lady Wolves 78-59.
The Trojans came out firing treys in the first half scoring 18 of their 28 points from beyond the arc. The half ended with the Trojans up 28-20.
They added six more three-pointers in the second half with sophomore guard Darius Dukes pouring in 6/9 treys and four buckets of the two point variety for a game high 26 points. In all, the Trojans drained 11/24 three-pointers with freshman Jaylen Ford hitting 3/5 and Travon Harper and Zarmarlus Griffin adding one each.
The Wolves, 2-5 overall, cut Delta’s lead to 28-26 early in the second half but four treys and three minutes later the Trojans were up by 16 and never looked back. The biggest lead of the game was a 26 point margin with under a minute remaining.
Both Griffin and Ford ended the game with 13 points each, good enough for second game high scorer status. The best the Wolves could muster was two players with 10 points each. Sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin was game high rebounder with 11 take downs for the night.
The win puts the Trojans’ record at .500 with four wins and four losses. The women’s loss drops them to 2-6 overall.
The Lady Trojans seemed on their way to avenging an early season loss to Co-Lin at Wesson after they led almost the entire first half, at one point by as many as 12 points, 23-11. But the Lady Wolves fought back to lead by one, 31-30, at the break.
The second half was all Co-Lin as the Lady Wolves pushed their lead out to double digits at the nine minute mark and led by as many as 19 points, 73-54, at the three minute mark.
Sophomore guard Antonique McGee led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 14 points. She was followed in double figures by sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble with 12 points. Kimble also scored a double/double with 10 rebounds on the night.
The Deltans are off for the remainder of the week. They will play their final game of the year next Monday night at home as they open up North Division play on December 8th against northeast Community College. Game times are 6 & 8 p.m.
Woodard Honored at Ceremony
Mississippi Delta Community College art instructor Jennifer Woodard of Rolling Fork, Miss., was recently recognized as MDCC’s 2014 Humanities Teacher of the Year.
During the Nov. 5 awards ceremony on the Moorhead, Miss., campus, Woodard presented, “An Introduction to Raku Pottery.” She will also be honored at the Mississippi Humanities Council Awards Banquet in Jackson in February of 2015.
A MDCC employee since 2001, Woodard earned her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and her master’s degree from Mississippi College. She and her husband, Allen, have three children, Roselea, Jilly, and Walt.
October is Arts and Humanities Month, proclaimed annually by the President and Governor. To honor the event, the President or appropriate dean of each institution of higher learning in the state nominates a faculty member for the Humanities Teacher Award.
MDCC congratulations Jennifer Woodard on achieving this honor.
Manor to be honored by Mississippi legislature
Mississippi Delta Community College student Christin Manor was recognized recently as the Higher Education Awareness Day Working toward Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) student of the year for 2014.
Sponsored by the Mississippi legislature, the award honors academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.
A Hollandale native, Christin Manor is a sophomore at MDCC and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Delta Delegation. She is the daughter of Robert and Gail Manor, both alumni of Mississippi Delta Community College. After graduating from MDCC, Manor plans to attend Delta State University and then medical school.
Manor is among the state’s honorees invited to the Mississippi Capitol for Higher Education Appreciation Day. The goal of Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, and promote good citizens capable of thriving in today’s society and prepared to meet future challenges. To this end, one student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans drubbed their counterpart from Hinds Community College 80-36 Monday night at home while the Trojans were defeated 76-52 by the Bulldogs.
The Lady Trojans, who had defeated the Lady Bulldogs 68-52, in their first meeting at Utica, completely dominated the Lady Bulldogs in their second meeting. MDCC took a 2-0 lead to begin the game and then fell behind by one when Hinds hit their first three-pointer of the night.
That was the last time the Deltans would trail as they quickly jumped into the lead by 16 points midway through the first half. They pushed that lead to 21 points, 35-14, with 1:35 remaining and ended the stanza up 36-18.
The second half was a repeat of the first as the Lady Trojans extended their lead to 35 points, 60-25, midway through the second half. They lead by as many as 46 points before ending the game with an 80-36 win.
The unusual thing about the blowout was that only one Lady Trojan scored in double figures. That was sophomore Mary Washington with 13 points. The next closest was Aqueshia Kimble and McKinnon Skeen, both with eight points each. Kenya Arnold, Alexis Caldwell and Niya Head all checked in with seven points each. In all, 13 of the 14 Lady Trojans who saw action scored points.
The win brings the Delta women’s record to 2-4 overall.
The Trojans’ game played out just the women. MDCC opened the game with a two point lead and then went stone cold in the shooting department as the Bulldogs raced out to as much as a 19 point lead at the 3:44 point in the first quarter. Hinds led 41-28 at the break.
The second half was as bad as the first for Delta with the Bulldogs pushing out to as much as a 28 point lead on several occasions before ending the game up 76-52.
Freshman Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points while sophomore Darius Dukes and freshman Joshua Madison contributed 11 points each. The loss drops the Trojans’ record to 3-3 overall.
Mississippi Delta will be on the road Thursday night as they travel to Decatur for a rematch with East Central Community College. The Lady Trojans will be looking to avenge a 96-75 loss to the Lady Warriors while the Trojans will be looking to do better than the 80-77 OT loss they suffered at the hands of the East Central Warriors.