River splits with Perk

PERKINSTON — Pearl River Community College split with arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast in women’s and men’s MACJC South Division basketball action here Monday with the Lady Wildcats falling to the host Lady Bulldogs 65-64, while the Wildcats were 63-61 victors over the 19th-ranked Bulldogs.
            PRCC’s women dropped to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in division play, while its men improved to 11-1 and 3-0. MGCCC’s women improved to 10-3 and 2-1, while its men are now 11-3 and 2-1.
            In the women’s game, the Lady Bulldogs led 27-20 at the intermission before blowing out the Lady Wildcats 38-24 in the second half to take the 21-point victory.
            Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson paced The River with a career and game-high 20 points, while Daiquari Raine of Poplarville High added nine, Lolecia Richardson out of Provine High in Jackson six, Rebekah Harwell out of M.C. Perry High in Iwakuni, Japan, four; Francheska Bowman out of Choctaw High in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., three; and Chaquita McGee of Yazoo City High two.
            Presley Owens led Gulf Coast with 14, while Shameika Hart scored 11, LaPrecious Thompson nine, Marka Nix and Hellanisa Young, eight each; Yasmine Nelson six, Malaney Nickey four, and Kendra Hall three.
            In the men’s game, Pearl River led 34-29 at the break, but the Bulldogs had the advantage 32-29 in the second half only to come up three points shy of victory.
            The Wildcats hit 41 percent (23 of 56) from the field, including a five-of-15 effort (33.3 percent) from three-point range. At the foul line, PRCC was 23 of 56 (41 percent).
            Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., led PRCC with 12 points, while U.S. Naval Academy transfer Daniel Grieves who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis (six rebounds, two treys) and Frank Snow, a San Angelina CC transfer who prepped at Sagemont High in Wellington, Fla., added 11 each. Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High (two treys) and DeMondre Harvey of Minden (La.) High scored seven each, Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High six, DeAngelo Coleman out of South Pike High in Magnolia five, and Rakeem Esco of Canton High and Jimmy Henderson, a Northwest Mississippi transfer who prepped at Houston (Miss.) High, two each.
            Chris Bilbo paced MGCCC with a game-high 20 points, while Darius Forrest added 16, GianCarlo Santiago nine (nine rebounds), JaMichael Hawkins and Charles Smith, six each; and Stacy Caroway four (eight rebounds).
            Pearl River and Gulf Coast eye women’s and men’s rematches Thursday, Feb. 7, in Poplarville (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.).
            PRCC returns to action Thursday when it hosts MACJC South Division foe Southwest Mississippi in Shivers Gym for games at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men), while Pearl River’s men host the Spring Hill College (Ala.) junior varsity Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest. Both River squads resume South Division action Thursday, Jan. 24, when they travel to rival Jones County in Ellisville for games at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men).

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