POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College used superior defense and a little bit of luck to hold on down the stretch, earning a 49-47 victory over East Central Monday night in women’s basketball action at Decatur.
The Lady Wildcats improved to 8-4 overall and 2-3 in the South Division; East Central dropped to 9-4 and 2-3.
PRCC turned the game around in the second quarter, after trailing 16-11 at the end of one quarter of play. Pearl River outscored the Lady Warriors 12-6 in the second period to lead at halftime 23-22.
The Lady Wildcats built a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, but East Central rallied to cut the margin to 48-47 with a minute left to play.
Sophomore Tariah Mouton (Meridian) scored her only point of the game on a foul shot with 11 seconds remaining, and that was enough, as the Lady Warriors missed a pair of free throws with 3.2 seconds to play that could have tied the game.
Sophomore Charisma Walker (Brandon) led PRCC with 13 points and 13 rounds, and sophomore Kyla Malone added 9 points. The Lady Wildcats held East Central to just 20 percent shooting from the field and pulled down 37 defensive rebounds.
Pearl River return home Thursday to face Mississippi Gulf Coast. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and the game will be livestreamed on prccmedia.com.
PRCC BASKETBALL SUMMARY
Monday at Decatur
Pearl River 49, East Central 47
PRCC 11 12 15 11 – 49
ECCC 16 6 12 13 – 47
PEARL RIVER (8-4, 2-3 in South): Adyn Strickland 1, Charisma Walker 13 (13 rebounds), Rehema Franklin 7, Tyasia Willis 7 (8 rebounds), Gabby Brown 3, Tariah Mouton 1, Cotoria Blackman 2, Shauntelle Adams 3, Kyla Malone 9, Destiny Williams 3 (7 rebounds).
EAST CENTRAL (9-4, 2-3 in South): Sharan Turner 11 (8 rebounds).