28 Jan 2014

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.

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