MDCC Opens 2014 With Losses

Both Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams returned to action Tuesday night for the first time in 2014 and both teams suffered losses at the hands of South Division foe Southwest Community College of Summit with the Lady Trojans losing 69-57 and the Trojans falling 76-69.

The first half of the women’s game was an evenly matched affair with neither team gaining moe than a three point advantage in a half with nine lead changes. The Lady Bears held a three point lead at the break, 32-29.

Southwest opened the second stanza with a pair of three point buckets and shot out to a nine point lead in the first two minutes. It took the Lady Trojans more than eight minutes to whittle that lead down to two, 48-46. The Lady Bears responded with four more treys and outscored Delta 16-7 in the following five minutes to push back out to an insurmountable 10 point lead.

Mississippi Delta’s freshman forward Niya Head lead the game in scoring with 16 points and was followed by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer with 14 points. The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in North Division play.

The Trojans opened their game with a three point lead but were quickly outscored by the Bears who pushed out to a 16 point lead, 38-22, in the first 16 minutes. During that time Delta’s sophomore center James Evans scored 14 of the Trojans’ points. Then point guard Zamarlus Griffin entered the game and reeled off five buckets in a row (including two treys) for 10 points. A three-pointer by freshman point guard Anthony Mabon gave the Trojans a 15-1 run and the half ended with the Bears up 39-37.

Mississippi Delta continued their run to open the second half and pushed out to a six point lead before the Bears finally regained the equilibrium and fought back to tie the game at 58-all at the 9:45 mark.

Southwest gained a five point lead during the next three minutes but a two point bucket by freshman forward Kel’Drek Young and a three-point shot by freshman guard Darius Duke tied the game again with 6:10 remaining.

The rest of the game belonged to Southwest who managed to outscore the Trojans 13-6 in the final five minutes on the strength of six free throws and a late three-pointer.

James Evans led the game in scoring with 17 points. He was followed in double figures by Zarmarlus Griffin with 12 points. The loss drops the Trojans’ record to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in North Division play.

The Deltans’ next action will be Thursday when they travel to Poplarville to take on Pearl River Community College at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

08 Jan 2014

MDCC Splits With East Central

In Mississippi Delta’s first matchup with East Central Community College two weeks ago the Lady Trojans won and the Trojans lost. That scenario was reversed Thursday night in Moorhead as the Delta women dropped a 76-70 decision to the Lady Warriors and the Trojans defeated the Warriors 73-57.

The Warriors jumped out to a quick three point lead and lead by one point, 9-8, at the 17:03 mark in the first half. That was the last time East Central would see the lead as the Trojans went on a scoring tear that saw sophomore center James Evans score 12 first half points and sophomore guard Marcus Boddie score 10. Mississippi Delta led 40-21 at the break.

The Warriors fought back in the second half and cut Delta’s lead to 13 points on four different occasions but each time the Trojans rebounded and pushed their lead into the upper teens leading by as much as 20 points, 51-31, at one point in the half.

Boddie lead the Trojans in scoring with 18 points while Evans followed closely with 16 points and earned another double-double with 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward D’ante Russell-Hall also scored in double figures with 10 points while sophomore guard Johnny Rucker just missed with nine points.

The win improves the Trojans’ overall record to 5-3. The Lady Trojans loss drops their overall record to 5-2.

In the women’s game the lead changed 10 times in the first half with the Lady Trojans coming out on top by three, 38-35, at the break.
Delta expanded that lead to five points in the early going of the second stanza before their shooting turned cold. The Lady Warriors quickly took advantage and pushed out to a double digit lead for most of the remainder of the game. 

The Lady Trojans finally broke the double digit strangle hold with 2:31 left in the game and cut East Central’s lead to three points, 73-70, with 42 seconds remaining. But, that was as close as they would get as the Lady Warriors hit several free throws in the final seconds to win by six points. 

Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer led the Delta women in scoring with 20 points for the night. She was followed in double digits by freshman guard Kalesha Williams with 13 points and sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer with 11 points while sophomore guard Alexus Ward added nine.

Both teams will take next week off for Fall Break and the Thanksgiving holiday and return to action on Monday, December 2, when they travel to Wesson to take on the Wolves and Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

20 Nov 2013

MDCC Splits With Pearl River

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans pulled off a last-second win Thursday night beating the Pearl Rivers Lady Wildcats 66-64 while the Trojans lost to the Wildcats 66-52.

The first half of the women’s game was a see-saw affair that saw the lead change hands at least five times. The Lady Trojans pulled out to a six point lead, 30-24, with three minutes remaining and ended up with a 33-29 lead at the break.

Mississippi Delta maintained the lead for the first five minutes of the second stanza but the Lady Wildcats tied the game at that point and then pushed out to a nine point lead, 53-44, with nine minutes showing on the clock.

Coach Burnadette McDonald’s Lady Trojans refused to give up and spent the next 15 minutes fighting to get the lead back. A three point shot by sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer at the 55 second mark brought Delta to within one point and a basket by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer 30 seconds later put the Lady Trojans up 65-64.

That precarious lead seemed like it might be too slim to stand up when the Lady Wildcats were fouled with four ticks left on the clock. But somehow both free throws missed their mark and freshman Aqueshia Kimble hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining to give MDCC their fourth win of the young season.

Spencer led the Delta women in scoring with 17 points with 15 of those points coming off 5-7 treys. She was followed by Nailer with 14 and Niya Head with 10 points.

The Trojans led by a slim two-point margin for the first four minutes of their game before the hot shooting Wildcats took control and steadily pushed out to a 16 point, 34-18, halftime lead.

The Trojans spent the entire second half trying to battle back into contention but only managed to break the Cats’ double digit lead twice and then for only as long as it took Pearl River to drive the court and respond.

Sophomore guard Johnny Rucker led the Trojans in scoring with 11 points. He was followed by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie and sophomore center James Evans with 10 points each. Evans also recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds.

The win moves the Lady Trojans to 4-1 overall while the loss drops the Trojans to 3-2 overall. Both teams will be back in action Monday when they travel to Utica for a return engagement with Hinds Community College. Meanwhile, the Trojans will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Niceville, FL., to take on Northwest Florida State College in a 2 p.m. match-up.

18 Nov 2013

Five Trojans Named All-State

Five Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans football players were named to the MACJC All-State North Second Team last week according to Jim Southward, Director of Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board.

Trojans selected on the offensive side of the ball were sophomore wide receiver Christian Stephney of Clarksdale and sophomore offensive lineman Josh Cooper of Yazoo City. Stephney ended the season with seven catches for an average of 27 yards per catch.

Defensive All-State players were sophomore linebacker Terrell Williams of Greenville, sophomore defensive back Jalen Jones of Greenwood, and sophomore defensive back Martavis Moore of Benoit. Williams ended the year with 49 solo tackles and 45 assists while Jones had 13 solo tackles, 11 assists and one interception, and Moore had 16 tackles, eight assists and one interception.

MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

12 Nov 2013

MDCC Sweeps Hinds

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans are both 2-0 for the season after the MDCC women trounced the Lady Bulldogs 76-41 while the Delta men pulled off a 71-61 victory.

The Lady Trojans had an easy night of it against their counterparts from Utica pulling out to a 12 point lead at the 17 minute mark and never looking back. MDCC led by as many as 20 points late in the first half and went to the dressing room with a 35-18 halftime lead.

The Delta women pushed their lead past the 20 point mark with 18 minutes remaining and the 30 point mark with over 12 minutes remaining in the second half. The maximum lead for the Lady Trojans was a 39 point advantage with three minutes left in the game.

Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer of Shaw led the game in scoring with 14 points while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer of Benton and freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble of Charleston both added 11 point apiece. Not a single Bulldog scored in double figures for the night.

The Trojans had a harder time of it in their game. The Bulldogs took the lead in the early going of the first half and led by as many as five points before back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie of Memphis and a bucket by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker of Yazoo County gave the Trojans a one point lead, 15-14, at the 13:25 mark. MDCC never trailed after that and lead 35-26 at the break.

The Trojans opened up a 15 point lead early in the second half and increased it to as much as 19 points, at the three minute mark, before the Bulldogs made a run that brought the score to 71-61 at the buzzer.

Boddie had an outstanding night scoring a game-high 23 points. He was followed by freshman point guard Zamarlus Griffin of Memphis with 13 points.

Both teams will take a day off before heading to Decatur Saturday for afternoon games against East Central Community College. Games are at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

11 Nov 2013

MDCC Sweeps Co-Lin In Season Openers

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans led all but the final 4:52 of their season opener against the Co-Lin Community College Lady Wolves Monday night in Moorhead, but it took a buzzer-beating put-back by freshman Aqueshia Kimble to notch a 79-78 win over the 20th ranked visitors.

The Lady Trojans led by as many as eight points (on two occasions) in the first half and ended the half with a three point lead, 33-30. The second half saw the Delta women push out to a 10 point lead with 11:48 left in the game following a three point bucket by Kimble.

But, the Co-Lin Lady Wolves, one of the best teams in the state year-in and year-out, didn’t give up and fought back to take a one point lead, 69-68, with 4:52 remaining. The Lady Trojans regained a three point lead but gave it up at the 1:26 mark, 75-74.

Co-Lin held a three point, 78-75, lead with 10 seconds left on the clock when the Lady Wolves called time out during a scramble for a loose ball. Since the Lady Wolves had used all their time outs, they were charged with a technical and Aqueshia Kimble went to line where she sank both free throws to make it a 78-77 game.

The Lady Trojans were also awarded possession of the ball under their own goal with three ticks left on the clock. The ball was in-bounded and sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer took a final shot that missed, but Kimble grabbed the rebound and banked the ball off the glass for the win just a split second before the buzzer sounded.

Kimble ended the night as the leading scorer with 25 points hitting 7/10 field goals, 2/4 three pointers and 9/11 free throws. Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer scored 14 points while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer added 12 points for the night.

“This was a big win for us. The kids played hard and stayed with it and played with determination and beat a very good basketball program,” Coach Burnadette McDonald said.

The men’s game was a see-saw affair for the first six minutes or so. The Trojans finally wrestled control from the Wolves and never looked back. Delta led the game by six points, 32-26, at the break and took off from there in the second half.

Delta led by as many as 10 points on two occasions in the second stanza, the last 57-47 at the 2:43 mark. Co-Lin cut the lead to four points with under nine second remaining but a couple of free throws by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker gave MDCC a 63-57 victory.

Johnny Rucker led the game in scoring with 17 points. He went 4/4 in field goals and hit 9/11 free throws for the night. Sophomore center James Evans was the games’ second highest scorer with 14 points and sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie’s 13 points was good enough for third highest point total.

The twin wins gives both the Trojans and Lady Trojans a 1-0 start to the season and the sweep of Co-Lin is the first time that has happened years.

Both teams will be in action again Thursday night as they play host to Hinds Community College in the J.T. Hall Coliseum on the campus in Moorhead. Games are at 6 & 8 p.m. and admission is $5.

05 Nov 2013

MDCC Basketball Begins Monday!



The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans will kick off the 2013-14 basketball season Monday night at home in the J.T. Hall Coliseum with contest against Copiah-Lincoln Community College from Wesson.

The women’s game gets underway at 6 p.m. with the men’s game following at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person and may be purchased at the door.

The Trojans, under 10th year Head Coach Derrick Fears, are looking to improve on last year’s 11-14 record that saw them advance to the Championship game of the State Tournament before falling to the Pearl River Community College Wildcats. They also advanced to the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament where they lost to North Division foe East Mississippi in the first round.

To that end, the Trojans return three crucial starters from last year’s team and two additional players who contributed greatly to that success. They also have several freshmen who will add much-needed depth to this year’s team.

The three returning starters include guards Johnny Rucker (6-4, 190) of Yazoo City and Marquarius Boddie (6-1, 170) of Memphis, TN., and center James Evans (6-7, 220) of Starkville.

“Johnny Rucker has good size and strength and finishes well around the basket while Marquarius can score anytime and in bunches. He shoots the three well and we’re looking for him to take up the slack left by the departure of Anthony McDonald. James Evans continues to play and rebound well and is improving his low post game and jump shot,” Fears said.

Finishing out the starters will be sophomore forwards D’ante Russell-Hall (6-6, 220) from Wayne County and Nathaniel Watkins (6-5, 240) from Greenville who both saw considerable playing time last year.

D’ante is our energy guy, our high flyer. He likes to dunk and he brings a lot of excitement to the game while Nathaniel has a world of talent, is a good three point shooter, and is strong around the basket with a wide body that makes him hard to get around,” Fears said.

One of the first off the bench will be sophomore guard Harry Williams (6-3, 185) of Greenville. Following him will be freshman Darius Dukes (6-1, 190) from Ashland and sophomore forward Marcus Rawls (6-5, 190) from Picayune.

“Williams can play most positions and is a good shooter who goes to the basket well while Dukes shoots the three very well. We’re looking for a lot of offensive output from him. Rawls comes to MDCC from Pearl River Community College after sitting out a year. He’s another energy guy who plays good defense and is always hustling,” the Trojans coach said.

The biggest player on the team, 6-9, 220 lb. freshman Michael Sapp from Holcomb, has been sidelined with a foot injury but should be back in action in January.

Coach Fears said that offensively the Trojans plan to play an up-tempo game this season. “We plan to do a lot of running, play hard and press a lot,” he said.

“Defensively we’re sound. We will get after folks and I think we’ll be good at creating passing lanes and creating offense with defense,” he said.

“Overall, this team seems to shoot well and play well together as a unit. And, we have more depth than we had last year so I hope we’ll be a better all around,” he added.

The Lady Trojans, under 14th year Head Coach Burnadette McDonald, will be in a rebuilding mode this season since they do not have a single starter returning from last year’s 11-11 team that advanced to the first round of the State Tournament.

The bright spot for the Lady Trojans should be three sophomores who saw a lot of action last season. They include guards Krystal Nailer (5-7) from Shaw and India Overstreet (5-8) from Hernando and forward Ashanti Spencer (5-10) from Benton.

“Krystal brings a lot of experience to the floor. She played a lot last year and I hope that will help this year. She’s hard-nosed and the workhorse on the team,” McDonald said.

India is our point guard and our main ball handler and we’re looking for her to be our leader on the floor. She’s smart, has a head for the game, and she handles the ball well,” McDonald said.

Ashanti has worked hard during the off-season and has gained good experience at the forward position. She reported in great condition and is leading by example,” the Lady Trojans coach said.

The other two probable starters for Monday night’s game will be freshman guard/forward Aqueshia Kimble (5-8) from Charleston and freshman forward Niya Head (5-10) from Lexington.

Aqueshia, who comes to us from the Charleston High School team that went to the State Tournament last year, is overall the strongest player on the floor and she plays both ends of the court hard. Niya is a very talented player with a lot of potential and she has learned a lot in the short time she has been here,” Coach McDonald said.

First off the bench for the Lady Trojans will be freshman guard Kalesha Williams (5-8) from Pace, sophomore guard Alexus Ward (5-7) from Winona, a transfer from Holmes Community College who didn’t play last season, and sophomore guard Kelli Stevens (5-6) from Rolling Fork who only played on the Lady Trojans softball team as a freshman.

“Kalesha is a very athletic player and I look for her to help us on the perimeter with her three point shooting. Alexus is a solid player and a good shooter and I’m also looking for her help on the perimeter shooting treys. Kelli is one of the best shooters we have and just needs to work on her defense. But, she plays her heart out and I love that about her,” Coach McDonald said.

“Overall, the key to winning could be just how consistent we are and how consistently we improve with each game. If we can do that then I think we can win,” McDonald said.

“Personally, I’m very excited about this bunch of women. They have worked hard and they are fun to work with,” she added.

31 Oct 2013
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