River splits at Co-Lin

WESSON — Pearl River split with Copiah-Lincoln in MACJC South Division men’s and women’s basketball action here Thursday to wrap the 2012-2013 regular season.
            The 19th-ranked Wildcats avenged their 83-69 loss to the Wolfpack on Jan. 28 in Poplarville with a lopsided 77-62 victory, while the Lady Wildcats ended its season with a 60-42 setback despite outscoring host Co-Lin 28-24 in the second half.
            PRCC’s men, who clinched the South Division championship last week for hosting rights to Feb. 25-28's (Monday through Thursday) MACJC State Tournament, improved to 19-4 overall and 9-3 in league play; while its women wrapped at 6-13 and 4-8. CLCC’s men ended their season at 4-19 and 2-10, while its South Division champ women’s squad is 20-3 and 11-1.
            The top four finishers in the North and South divisions earn berths in the state tournament.
            In the men’s game, Pearl River led 41-27 at the intermission before outscoring the Wolves 36-35 in the second half to take the 15-point victory.
            DeAngelo Coleman out of South Pike High in Magnolia paced PRCC with a game-high 19 points, while Frank Snow, a San Angelina CC (Tex.) transfer from Wellington, Fla., scored 15 (six rebounds); Daniel Grieves, a U.S. Air Force Academy transfer who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, 14 (nine rebounds), DeMondre Harvey of Minden (La.) High eight, Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High six, Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High, and Nick’Laus Warren out of Murrah High in Jackson, four a piece; Xavian Rimmer, an Alcorn State transfer who prepped at Piney Woods School near Jackson, two (eight rebounds); and Jimmy Henderson, a Northwest Mississippi CC transfer who prepped at Houston (Miss.) High, one.
            Joseph Cunningham led Co-Lin with 17 points, while Jay Case and Demetrius Mobley scored nine each, Chris Steverson eight, Fred Fairman five, Eric Smith four, Robert Johnson and Michael Vardaman, three each; and Terrance James and Tim Harrison, two each.
            In the women’s game, Copiah-Lincoln led commandingly at the half 36-14, but Pearl River bounced back with a 28-24 advantage in the second half only to come up 19 points shy of victory.
            Daiquari Raine of Poplarville High led the Lady Wildcats with a game-high 14 points (seven rebounds), while Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson scored seven, Lolecia Richardson out of Provine High in Jackson six, Shanise Griffin out of William Sullivan High in Durant five, Raven Callaway out of Daegu High in Daegu, South Korea, four (four rebounds); Valescia Dixon of East Marion High (six rebounds), Joy Grimsley of Petal High (six rebounds), and Rebekah Harwell out of M.C. Perry High in Iwakuni, Japan, two a piece. Francheska Bowman out of Choctaw High in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., hauled in four rebounds for The River.
            Tiffany Sims paced the Lady Wolfpack with 12 points, while Chanta Poole and Jessica Wilson scored 10 each, T’Keya Moore nine, Ashley Minor five, Lavasha Allen four, Tyrisha Patterson three, and Jessica Jackson and Ricarla Shotwell, two each.
            The Lady Wolves defeated the Lady Wildcats 67-49 in their previous meeting
            PRCC’s men and CLCC’s women are the South Division’s No. 1 seeds in next week’s MACJC Tournament set Monday through Thursday in Shivers Gymnasium in Poplarville.

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