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.
Get your brooms Trojan fans because your men’s and women’s basketball teams have pulled off their first sweep of the season.
Head Coach Burnadette McDonald and her Lady Trojans basketball team marked its first tally in the win column Thursday night by beating Pearl River CC 63-55 at J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss.
MDCC won the opening tip and went on a 6-point scoring run before the Lady Wildcats were able to get a basket to fall.
The Lady Trojans would lead the entire first half and went to the break up 23-16. However, PRCC brought the heat in the second half and gained the lead for the first time with 2:21 left in the 3rd quarter. The Lady Wildcats would hold onto a 39-37 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
The second half of the game was filled with turnovers and fast breaks, but would play in the Lady Trojans favor at the end of the night.
Sophomore guard Racquel Harper was the lead scorer for MDCC with 22 points, 20 of those coming in the second half. Harper was 8 of 12 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line.
Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold pulled down eight rebounds on the night. As a team, the Lady Trojans were 21 of 42 from the field and 18 of 25 from the stripe.
In the men’s contest, Head Coach Derek Fears and the Trojans (4-0) also got a victory. MDCC won the tip but couldn’t covert and quickly turned it over to the Wildcats.
But it didn’t take long for the Trojans to get on the board with a drive to the left side of the basket by sophomore point guard Anthony Mabon who dished it back out to sophomore forward Travon Harper who nailed the short jumper for two.
The entire first half of play consisted of back-and-forth scoring and several lead changes, but MDCC would head to the locker room ahead 41-30 over PRCC.
Fears’ squad led the entire second half and finished strong with a 79-69 win. Harper led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game with 17 making 4 of 5 from the field and 9 of 10 free throws.
He had help with sophomore’s Dantaveous Crawford and Octavius Stimage scoring 14 and 12 points respectfully. Both Crawford and Stimage were perfect from the stripe making 6 of 6 free throws. Sophomore forward Mark Johnson led the team in rebounds with nine.
Both teams travel to Utica Monday, Nov. 16 to take on Hinds Community College with action starting at 6 p.m. The next home game will be Thursday, Dec. 3 with the Lady Trojans and Trojans playing host to Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
Keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats, MDCC men’s basketball escaped Summit with a close 56-53 win Monday night against the Southwest Bears.
The Bears took an early 4-0 lead in the first half, but the Trojans quickly responded by going up 17-7 with just under 12 minutes left to play until halftime.
MDCC finished the first half leading the Bears 36-22 with Travon Harper leading the team with 22 points scored.
The Bears started the second half with a more aggressive tempo. SMCC went on a 15-5 scoring spree with 13 minutes left in the game to cut MDCC’s lead to 48-42.
However, it would not be enough. The Trojans defeated the Bears 56-53 to improve to 3-0 on the season. SMCC falls to 2-1.
For the Trojans, Harper made 9 of 14 from the field and was 6 of 7 in free throws and led the team in scoring for the night with 24 total points. He also racked up nine rebounds.
Anthony Mabon was second on the team in scoring with nine points making 2 of 5 from the field and 4 of 7 from the stripe. He was also 100 percent from beyond the arc and tallied five assists.
In the women’s contest, the Lady Trojans (0-3) fell to the Lady Bears (2-0) 89-45.
At the half, SMCC took a 16-point lead to the locker room and continued to add to it after the break.
The Lady Trojans were led in scoring by O’Nesha Arnold who had 11 points. She was 3 of 8 from the field and 5 of 6 in free throws. Arnold also led the team in rebounds with five.
MDCC basketball will play host to Pearl River CC on Thursday with doubleheader action starting at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss. Follow us on Twitter @mdccathletics for live in-game updates.
Mississippi Delta Community College’s basketball teams split with visiting opponent Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday night at J.T. Hall Coliseum. The Lady Trojans slipped to 0-2 after falling 51-99 to the Lady Wolves, but the men ended the night with their second win of the season after a nail-biting finish of 69-65.
In the woman’s game, sophomore forward McKinnon Skeen led the team in scoring with 16 points. The Cleveland, Miss. native was 5-of-10 from the field, with all five being three-point shots.
Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led the team in free throws making 3-of-4 and recorded four assists on the night. Clarksdale native Jasmine Jackson tallied the top number of rebounds on the night with five. The Lady Trojans ended the game making 38 percent of shots.
In the men’s competition, the Trojans went to half-time with a 12-point lead, but allowed the Wolves to make a run at an unsuccessful comeback late in the second half.
Travon Harper led the Trojans with 21 points, making 8-of-9 from the field. Harper was 100 percent on free throws and led the team with five rebounds. Collectively the team made 49 percent from the field and made 75 percent of free throws.
Jaylen Ford and Dantaveous Crawford both were 3-of-6 from the field scoring 11 and 10 points respectfully.
Both teams are slated to play at Southwest Community College on Monday with the women tipping off at 5 p.m. The next home double header will by Thursday, Nov. 12 starting at 5 p.m. Follow us on Twitter at MDCCATHLETICS for live updates during both competitions.
Mississippi Delta Community College Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni penned an open letter to the editor that was sent to numerous media sources concerning the incident that unfolded at the East Mississippi - Mississippi Delta football game on Oct. 22.
I write this open letter to the editor to state the facts and correct the misinformation being dispersed after an in-game altercation occurred between Mississippi Delta Community College and East Mississippi Community College on Oct. 22.
Several media sources have reported inaccurate information over many news outlets, including but not limited to social media, television broadcasts and newspapers.
It has been reported that an EMCC receiver was tackled out of bounds and then shoved back to the ground after the hit was made. However, after reviewing game film multiple times with our coaching staff and administration to understand how the altercation occurred, the footage shows the EMCC player was tackled approximately nine yards inside the white line that marks the out of bounds territory – meaning he was in bounds.
The receiver ran a short pass play toward the Mississippi Delta sideline and the ball went through his hands for an incompletion. Contact was made toward the end of the play by an MDCC defender, which prompted the official to throw a flag. According to a Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) official, the flag was thrown for helmet-to-helmet contact.
In the game film, you can see that no MDCC player shoved the EMCC receiver back to the ground, as has been reported. The footage shows both players involved with the play standing up and exchanging words, which led to the EMCC player hitting two different MDCC defenders in the facemask, which started the altercation.
It is a fact that football is a very physical sport and athletes sometimes lose their cool in the heat of a game. Incidents, such as this, happen when student-athletes play with passion and emotion and coaches can’t predict when something like this will happen. It takes a combined effort from officials, coaches and players to keep their actions in check and under control.
MDCC does not defend the unsportsmanlike behavior of some of its players and those players will serve the punishments assigned by the MACJC. The athletic department and college are satisfied with its findings and are ready to turn the page. The spreading of misinformation, as in this case, can shed a negative light on a very positive thing, such as MDCC Athletics, and I would suggest a little fact checking be conducted in the future.
Mississippi Delta Community College
MDCC's basketball season tips off Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum with the Lady Trojans hosting Hinds. The men's team is scheduled to play at 8 p.m.
|Featured Trojan Athletes|
|A native of McNeil, Ark., sophomore forward Travon Harper is looking forward to the start of basketball season Nov. 2.
Harper is a physical education major and plans to continue his studies and college basketball career at a university after leaving MDCC.
His favorite professional athlete is Kobe Bryant and enjoys hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers when he isn't on the court
|On the women's side, sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen is ready to go head-to-head with her MACJC opponents.
Skeen is a math major from Cleveland, Miss. and plans to continue her education at a university after graduating from MDCC.
She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her favorite professional athlete is Steph Curry.