17 Nov 2015

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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