POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College started strong and stayed strong down the stretch Thursday night, posting a big 75-69 upset of Hinds in women’s basketball action at M.R. White Coliseum.
The Lady Wildcats (7-3 overall) led from start to finish to earn their first South Division win of the season after two defeats in division play. Hinds (10-2, 1-2) lost its second straight game.
PRCC took command right from the start, leading 19-10 after the first quarter, as sophomore Tariah Mouton (Meridian) had nine of her career-high 21 points in the first 10 minutes.
Pearl River led by as many as 15 points late in the first half and went into halftime with a 37-23 lead. The Lady Wildcats also built a 15-point lead at the end of the third quarter, enough to weather a comeback bid from the Lady Bulldogs.
PRCC was 24 of 51 from the field (47.1 percent) for the game, but more importantly, converted 23 of 34 foul shots, including 16 of 23 in the fourth quarter to hold off the Hinds rally.
Mouton sank 7 of 10 free throws in the final period, and sophomore Adyn Strickland (Saucier) capped a season-high 16-point night with a breakaway lay-up in the final seconds to seal the win.
Strickland added 8 rebounds, sophomore Charisma Walker (Brandon) had 13 boards, to go with 10 points, and sophomore Tyasia Willis (Camden) grabbed 9 rebounds.
The Lady Wildcats will battle Jones County in the first Cat Fight of the season Saturday at Ellisville, in a game that was rescheduled from Tuesday because of bad weather.
PRCC BASKETBALL SUMMARY
Thursday at Poplarville
Pearl River 75, Hinds 69
HCC 10 13 15 31 – 69
PRCC 19 18 16 22 – 75
HINDS (10-2, 1-2 in South): Ernesha Chatman 10, Antoinette Womack 10, Victoria Johnson 17, Kirdia Clark 17, Deja Moore 8, Naaylis Washington 3, Chrishonda Montgomery 2, Jasmine Ivory 2.
PEARL RIVER (7-3, 1-2 in South Division): Adyn Strickland 16 (8 rebounds), Charisma Walker 10 (13 rebounds), Rehema Franklin 6, Tyasia Willis 6 (9 rebounds), Gabby Brown 8, Tariah Mouton 20, Shauntelle Adams 6, Kyla Malone 2.