Mississippi Delta drops close games on the court

MOORHEAD – Both Mississippi Delta basketball teams fell to Northeast Mississippi CC Monday night in doubleheader action at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

For Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team, it lost by a score of 65-49 to the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Trojans won the tip and held a short lead until 6:49 left in the first period. Northeast took control and carried the lead to halftime by a score of 32-20. Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led MDCC at the break with six points and one rebound.

Both teams played a competitive second half of basketball, but the Lady Trojans couldn’t pull off the comeback. Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold led MDCC in scoring with nine points and five rebounds. Harper totaled eight points and three rebounds on the night.

The Lady Trojans will travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lady Lions of East Mississippi CC. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to compete against the Northwest Mississippi CC Lady Rangers.

Coach Derrick Fears’ men’s squad (10-8, 2-5) clashed against a very physical Northeast team from start to finish Monday night. At the half, the Tigers held a one-point lead (31-30), which they added to in the second half. The margin was small, but Northeast held on to beat MDCC 72-68.

Sophomore center Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Dantaveous Crawford had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Both teams travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lions of East Mississippi CC. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to face Northwest Mississippi CC.

Mark your calendar for the MDCC Baseball Grand Slam Dinner

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This annual event is great way to meet the 2016 Trojan baseball team pictured above along with its coaches.

 

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team would like to invite you to its 5th Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. The guest speaker is former Hinds Community College head baseball coach Rick Clarke.

The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2016 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the season opener at Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Feb. 9th. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. 

Clarke is a Forest Hill High School graduate who was the head baseball coach at Magnolia Academy from 1976-82 before becoming the head baseball coach at Hinds CC in Raymond.

During his 22 seasons there, Clarke recorded 565 wins, four MACJC South Division Championships, two MACJC State Championships, four NJCAA Region 23 Championships, four NJCAA District Championships and four NJCAA World Series (1989, 1994, 1995, 1999). Clarke’s 1989 squad is the only MACJC team to ever win a division, state, regional, and district championship and play in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. in the same season.

As of 2005, Clarke’s 22 seasons as head baseball coach marked the longest tenure of any head coach at Hinds and also the longest tenure of any Mississippi community college head baseball coach at that time. He was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame on September 26, 2010.

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. 

Both MDCC hoops squads lose nail biters to Coahoma

CLARKSDALE – Monday’s matchups against Coahoma proved to be two physical and hard-fought games on the court for the Mississippi Delta basketball programs.

Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team held the lead through the entire first period until Coahoma pushed ahead late in the second period to take a 32-23 lead at the break. Racquel Harper led the Lady Trojans in scoring at the half with seven.

Coahoma would continue to lead the contest the rest of the game. MDCC rallied for a comeback late in the fourth quarter but dropped the decision 64-63.

In the men’s nightcap, Coach Derrick Fears’ squad (10-7, 2-4) would battle Coahoma through regulation play and into its first overtime appearance to decide the game’s outcome. In the end, the Trojans fell 93-86, but not before displaying an energetic two halves of play.

The game was tied 18 times during regulation play including being tied at 35 at the half. The largest lead by either team in the second half was four points.

With .01 second remaining on the clock, sophomore Travon Harper drew a foul sending CCC to the free throw line, but they couldn’t convert, which sent the game into overtime.

MDCC took a brief two-point lead to start overtime play, but CCC quickly regained the lead and carried throughout the remainder of the ballgame.

For MDCC, sophomore Dantaveous Crawford had a double double and led the team in scoring with 24 points making 12 of 18 from the field and recording 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Travon Harper had 18 points making 5 of 11 from the field and 8 of 12 free throws. Harper also had eight rebounds on the night.

Both squads will resume play at J.T. Hall Coliseum on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. against Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Trojans lose division opener in hoops

On Monday, MDCC’s men’s and women’s basketball programs traveled to Booneville to battle against the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi CC at Bonner Arnold Coliseum in their opening north division games. Both teams journeyed home with their first division loses.

In the women’s game, NEMCC struck first by putting four unanswered points on the board before MDCC sophomore forward Kenya Arnold would get a shot to fall from underneath.

First period play consisted of back and forth scoring from both squads with NEMCC leading 22-16 at the end of it.

With four minutes left in the second period, the Lady Trojans took the lead, but wouldn’t be able to hold on to it going into halftime. The Lady Tigers lead 39-38 at the break.

At the half, sophomore guards Racquel Harper and McKinnon Skeen led the team with 11 and seven points respectfully. First half stats show MDCC making 50 percent from the field and NEMCC making 56.7 percent from the field.

In the third period, the Lady Trojans kept the score close and tied it at 43 with 5:25 left on the clock. MDCC would go on a six-point scoring run to take a 49-43 lead with 3:00 left in third period and carry the lead well into the final period of play.

The squads would share the lead in the final period of play, but NEMCC would take the win by a score of 69-61. The Lady Trojans fall to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in the north division.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led the team with 18 points making 6 of 13 from the field and 5 of 7 free throws. Harper also racked up four rebounds, three assists and three steals on the night. Freshman forward O’Nesha Hunt scored 10 points making 3 of 7 from the field and 4 of 6 free throws. Hunt accumulated three rebounds and two steals.

In the men’s matchup, the Trojans won the tip but couldn’t convert on their first possession. Sophomore forward Dantaveous Crawford answered NEMCC’s five-point scoring run with a two-handed slam for two early in the first half.

NEMCC led until 14:33 left in the first half when Crawford sank a three to put MDCC ahead 10-7. Sophomore forward Travon Harper’s two-handed slam would extend the lead to 12-7 after the Trojans rebounded a missed Tiger shot with 13:36 left in the half.

Crawford and Harper put on a nice dunking contest for the crowd in the first half with three between the two of them, but the Tigers would take a 39-35 lead to the locker room at the half.

Halftime leaders for MDCC were sophomores Jaylen Ford and Crawford with nine and seven points respectfully. Ford made 3 of 7 from the field all of which were three- pointers.

NEMCC came out lighting up the scoreboard with threes in the second half and the Trojans found themselves trailing 71-63 with 5:06 left to play.

With 2:00 minutes left in the game, MDCC faced its largest deficit of the game down 83-68. NEMCC would go on to win by a score of 87-68. The Trojans fall to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in division play.

Monday’s game was the final competition for the fall semester. Both teams will resume play on Jan. 4, 2016 playing host to Southwest Mississippi CC with doubleheader action starting at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

MDCC hoops split with Baton Rouge

The Lady Trojans watched their record fall to 1-7 after a loss to the Lady Bears of Baton Rouge CC Thursday night at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

BRCC scored first within the opening minute of play with a short jumper for two by freshman guard Rhomyia Tate.

The first period was a back-and-forth scoring match between the squads, but halfway through the period MDCC sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen drilled a three to put her team up 8-5, which was its first lead of the night.

The Lady Trojans took advantage of a trip to the stripe just before the end of the first period to tie it at 17. They would take a 36-33 lead into the locker room at the half, but struggled in the second half of play.

With just under seven minutes left in the third period, MDCC gave up the lead and never regained it. The fell to the Lady Bears by a score of 74-58

Freshman forward O’Nesha Hunt and sophomore guard Racquel Harper led the team in scoring with 21 and 15 points respectfully.

Freshman guard Cora Cooley led the team in rebounds with five.

Head Coach Derrick Fears and his men’s team (8-1) battled with a short lead against the Bears of Baton Rouge CC in the first half of the game, but started to pull away after the break to end the night with a 78-62 victory.

They took a 21-point lead, which was the longest of the night, late in the second half. On the night, the team tallied a total of 78 points making 46.7 percent (26 of 60) from the field and 55.6 percent (15 of 27) free throws.

Sophomores Jaylen Ford, Travon Harper and Dantaveous Crawford led the team in scoring with 16, 15 and 13 points respectfully.

Harper also led the team in rebounds with nine.

Both teams will travel to Northeast Mississippi CC in Boonville on Monday, Dec. 7 to open division play at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

MDCC hoops split in pre-holiday tournament

Both Mississippi Delta basketball teams participated in a tournament at Northwest Mississippi CC in Senatobia, Miss. Thursday afternoon and brought home a loss and a win respectfully.

The Lady Trojans (1-5) started off strong against the Lady Cougars of Lawson State CC with sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen sinking a three.

MDCC would carry the lead throughout the entire first period of play. A strong drive to the basket by sophomore guard Racquel Harper would put the lead to 11, which was the longest in the opening period.

Up 22-11, MDCC would start strong in the second period, but would have to defend against Lawson State’s fast breaks and post players doing work underneath.

Coach Bernadette McDonald’s squad went to the locker room at the half with a 38-26 lead. Harper led the team during the first half with 12 points making 3 of 4 from the field and being perfect from beyond the arc and from the stripe.

The Lady Cougars would speed things up in the second half and come back to take the lead 50-48 with 7:35 left to play in the final period. Behind by one and facing the final minute of play, the Lady Trojans took advantage of a trip to the free throw line to tie it up at 59, but wouldn’t be able to hang on.

Lawson State would over power MDCC and go on to win 63-59. O’Nesha Hunt and Harper led the team in scoring with 15 and 13 points respectfully. Hunt was 7 of 10 from the field with two rebounds.

The men’s team played Faith Prep from Marion, Ark. directly after the women’s game Thursday afternoon.

The Trojans (5-1) got on the board first, but Faith Prep answered by driving down the court and got the layup to fall to tie it 2-2 at the start of the game.

With 11:02 left in the first half of play, MDCC would go up 21-9 and never look back. It would go to the break leading 41-32.

In the second half, the Trojans would extend the lead to 74-48, which was the longest of the night. MDCC would defeat Faith Prep by a final score of 84-61.

Game leaders for MDCC were sophomore forwards Dantaveous Crawford and Travon Harper with each scoring 17 points.

Crawford was 5 of 8 from the field and perfect from the stripe and beyond the arc. Harper was 7 of 11 from the field and made 2 of 5 free throws. Freshman center Michael Sission led the team in rebounds with nine.

Both teams will travel to Wesson to take on Copiah-Lincoln CC on Monday, Nov. 30 then return home to host Baton Rouge CC on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

Men lose first game of the season

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Mississippi Delta’s Lady Trojan basketball team dropped a close decision to Hinds Community College Monday night at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium in Utica, Miss.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper put MDCC on the board first, but Hinds immediately answered with two on the other end to quickly tie it up 2-2.

The squads participated in a fast-paced back and forth first quarter with the Lady Trojans keeping the lead for the first 3 minutes of play.

With two minutes left in the opening quarter, Lady Trojans led 11-7 but the Lady Bulldogs would go on a 4-point run and tie it at 11 headed into the second quarter.

Areleatha Gipson started the second quarter off with a basket underneath to go up 13-11 and give the Lady Bulldogs their first lead of the night.

Hinds would then capitalize on MDCC fouls and turnovers and extend the lead to 21-11 with just under eight minutes to play until the half.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored MDCC 10-9 in the last five minutes of the half and carried a 35-21 lead to the locker room.

For the Lady Trojans, freshman forward Lynesha McCurry led the team at the break with seven points making 3 of 5 from the field and 1 of 4 from the stripe. McCurry also had four rebounds.

Gipson led Hinds with seven points making 3 of 7 from the field and 50 percent of free throws.

Starting the second half, O’Nesha Hunt put the Lady Trojans on the board first in the third quarter with a made block shot shortening Hinds lead to 12 points. .

Back to back threes by sophomore forwards McKinnon Skeen and Kenya Arnold brought the Lady Trojans within one trailing 41-40 with just under three minutes left until the final quarter of play.

The fourth quarter was filled with several trips to the free throw lines for both squads. With six minutes left in the game, Hinds barely hung onto a 1-point lead.

After five combined trips to the stripe for both teams in the fourth quarter, MDCC’s Hunt made two freebies to tie the game at 65 with 16 seconds left in the contest.

But Hinds’ Hiliary Kemp would get the layup to fall to put Lady Bulldogs up 67-65 with four seconds left in the game and the Lady Trojans couldn’t recover. Hinds improved to 4-1 and MDCC falls to 1-4 on the season.

Hunt was the lead scorer with 15 points making 4 of 8 shots from the field, all of which were three pointers, and was 2 of 3 from the stripe. McKinnon Skeen and McCurry each scored 14 points. McCurry led the team with seven rebounds.

In the nightcap, the men’s squad couldn’t seem to catch a break and lost its first game of season to Hinds with a final score of 68-62.

Trojans (4-1) won the tip but sent the Bulldogs to the free throw line two minutes into the game. After the two missed freebies, Dantaveous Crawford would drain a three on the other end to put MDCC on the board, but Hinds was there to answer with a basket good for two to cut the lead to 3-2.

After another trip the the free throw line by the Bulldogs and Travon Harper doing work underneath, MDCC would go up 5-3 with 14 left in the half.

Hinds would outscore the Trojans 23-16 in the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 37-23 lead into the break.

For the Trojans, Crawford tallied the most points at the break with nine making 100 percent of his shots from the field and the stripe.

Hinds’ David Robinson would make the first basket of the second half and extend the lead to 16 points.

Head Coach Derek Fears’ squad would battle back and cut the lead down, but the Bulldogs were too much to handle and handed the Trojans their first loss of the season.

On the night, Travon Harper would rack up the most points for MDCC with 18 making 6 of 11 from the field and making 6 of 11 free throws and totaling eight rebounds. His teammate Crawford scored 17 points making 6 of 7 from the field and shooting 100 percent from the stripe. Mark Johnson had a team leading nine rebounds.

Both teams will travel to Senatobia on Nov. 19 to take on Faith Prep from Marion, Arkansas.

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