Lady Trojans notch 81-75 win over Coahoma

MDCC Lady Trojans defeated the Tigers of Coahoma Community College Monday at J.T. Hall Coliseum by a score of 81-75.

The hard fought contest left CCC playing catch up for most of the first half after the Lady Trojans jumped on top and scored 10 unanswered points.

Head Coach Burnadette McDonald’s team would battle against the Tigers to carry the lead until 2:00 minutes left in the first half when CCC went ahead 37-35.

The Lady Tigers would go to the locker room up 39-37.

Down by two coming back from the break, the Lady Trojans would step it up a notch and challenge the Tigers in the second half forcing turnovers and turning them into scoring drives.

The Lady Trojans would regain the lead half way through the third period of play carry it through to the end.

CCC continually chipped away by adding points on the board, but could never quite catch the Lady Trojans.

Freshman guard Alexis Augustus would score a game and career high 28 points on the night and pull down six rebounds.

Sophomore forward O’Nesha Hunt would help in the score department by racking up 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.

Other scorers for the Lady Trojans were India Sims (8 pts.), Asiah Ward (7 pts.), Ariana Sims (7 pts.), Markeita Morris (4 pts.), Cora Cooley (2 pts.) and Madisyn Collie (1 pts.).

With the win, the Lady Trojans improve to 2-13 (1-5) on the season.

They travel to Goodman Monday night to play against the Bulldogs of Holmes Community College. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Trojans take down Tigers 90-73 in rivalry game

Mississippi Delta battled against the Tigers of Coahoma Community College Monday in an anticipated rivalry match-up at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

CCC took the lead for the first 4:19 of the game before the Trojans took control and ran away with the contest.

In the first half, MDCC would steadily add to their lead by staying poised and not giving up turnovers.

MDCC would out score CCC by 23 points and go to the break with a 48-25 lead. The Trojans would go up 66-35, which was the biggest lead they had in the contest, with 13:13 left to play in the ballgame.

The Trojans wore the Tigers down by utilizing their size under the basket and constantly challenging their post players.

Head Coach Derrick Fears’ squad would add a win to its record with a final score of 90-73.

On the game, MDCC shot 51 percent from the field, 24 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the charity stripe. The Trojans were perfect from the free throw line in the first half sinking 6-of-6.

Sophomore centers Michael Sission and Xavier Appleberry along with freshman point guard Queshod Young were big factors on the night with all three scoring 15 points for the Trojans.

Sission’s other stats tallied eight rebounds with two assists. Young had three rebounds with six assists while Appleberry brought down nine rebounds on the night.

Other scorers were freshman forward James Jones and sophomore guard Jabarie Escoffery with 14 and 12 points respectfully.

The win improves the Trojans record to 8-9 (3-3) on the season. 

The Trojans travel to Goodman Monday night to face Holmes Community College with tipoff slated for 8 p.m.

Lady Trojans fall in opening division play

MOORHEAD – The Lady Trojans (1-9,0-1) fall to Holmes Community College Thursday night by a score of 63-41 in opening division play at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

For Head Coach Burnadette McDonald, that makes the second loss in a row for her young team.

McDonald’s starting five consisted of sophomore veterans Ariana Sims, Cora Cooley, O’Nesha Hunt, Alexis Caldwell and freshman Alexis Augustus.

The Lady Bulldogs started the game with the ball after the tipoff went out of bound on the Lady Trojans.

Holmes would inbound the ball and score. They carried and widened the lead for the rest of the game. Freshmen Vaquela Pimpton and Nhamia Wilson lead the team in scoring with 10 and 13 points respectfully.

For the Lady Trojans, August lead the team in scoring with 13 points shooting 6 of 14 from the field and 1 of 4 from the stripe. Caldwell ranked second in scoring with eight making 2 of 9 from the field and 50 percent from the stripe.

The team travels to Fulton Tuesday, Jan. 17 to take on the Indians of Itawamba Community College. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Lady Trojans fall to Co-Lin in hoops action

Mississippi Delta’s Lady Trojans (0-6) started strong against the Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College Monday night at J.T. Hall Coliseum outscoring them in the first quarter, but could not hold on in the end falling 68-48 on the hardwood.

MDCC forced Co-Lin’s hand in the first half causing them to turn the ball over 15 times, which combined with the Lady Trojan’s shooting only 25 percent (6-for-24) from the floor kept the game tight.

Co-Lin had a surge late in the second period to take a 31-27 lead into the locker room at the break. At the half, freshman guard Netanya Wilkerson led MDCC in scoring with nine points.

The ballgame was all Co-Lin in the second half as they outscored the Lady Trojans 37-21. On the night, MDCC shot 72 percent from the stripe (18-for-25) and 22 percent beyond the arc (2-for-9).

Monday’s game against Co-Lin was the Lady Trojans last home game before the Christmas break. The team will travel to Summit Thursday to play Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Basketball season comes to an end for both squads

MOORHEAD - Both the women and men’s squads played their last games of the seasons Thursday night against Coahoma CC at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women caged the Lady Tigers the entire first half and took a commanding 35-16 lead into the locker room at the break.

The second half of the game slowly got away from MDCC as Coahoma made a comeback and outscored the Lady Trojans 50-31 in the half to tie the game at 66 and send it to overtime.

The extra period would be a back and forth affair with Coahoma sinking a short floater with under one second left to win it 76-75.

Sophomores TaKyla Dukes and Kenya Arnold each had a double double on the night. Dukes led in scoring with 22 points. She was 9 of 14 from the field and made 3 of 4 three pointers and was 100 percent from the stripe. She pulled down 11 rebounds. Arnold had 21 points making 8 of 15 from the field and 5 of 7 free throws. She tallied 11 rebounds as well.

On the night, the team made 44.1 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.

The men’s game was a physical contest that also consisted of a cat and mouse scoring game, but ended with MDCC recording the win by a score of 74-67.

The Trojans squeaked out of the first half of play with a 32-27 lead. They would carry that momentum through the second half with help from Sophomore Dantaveous Crawford, who had a season high night in scoring with 32 points.

Crawford made 10 of 15 shots from the field and hit 11 of 15 from the stripe. His teammate, sophomore Travon Harper, would also help in scoring earning 12 points with five rebounds.

Lady Trojans fall to Northwest, men get big win

MOORHEAD – Despite sophomore guard Racquel Harper’s double-double, including a career high 23 points, the Lady Trojans lost 90-73 to the Lady Rangers of Northwest Monday night.

MDCC held their own in the first half a play, going to the locker room down by seven. The Lady Trojans never led in the contest, but out scored the Lady Rangers 18-16 in the second period.

Northwest had a commanding 20-point lead in the second half that MDCC could not come back from.

Harper led the team with 23 points making 8 of 16 field goals and was 5 of 7 from the stripe. She also tallied 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold also had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Sara Lytle had a double double for Northwest recording 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Head Coach Derrick Fears’ Trojan basketball team went on a 16-point scoring spree to start the game. They didn’t allow Northwest to score until four minutes into the first half.

The teams were evenly matched and highly physical from start to finish with each team having a player foul out.

For the Trojans, sophomore center Travon Harper led the team with 17 points making 7 of 12 front the field and was 100 percent from the free throw line. He racked up seven rebounds on the night. Sophomores Dantaveous Crawford and Willie Brunson weren’t far behind Harper with 14 and 13 points respectfully.

Both teams travel to Goodman today to take on Holmes Community College.

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.

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.

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