River splits with Jones

            POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River split with arch-rival Jones County in women’s and men’s MACJC South Division basketball action here Thursday with the host Lady Wildcats pulling off an 89-83 overtime victory, while the Wildcats couldn’t stave off a second-half comeback by the 14th-ranked Bobcats and fell 72-69.
            PRCC’s women improved to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in division play, while it men dropped to 9-5 and 2-4. JCJC’s women are now 10-5 and 5-2, while its men are 14-1 and 7-0.
            In the women’s game, the score was knotted three times and the lead exchanged hands six times in the first half. Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High sank pair of free throws to knot it up at 30-30 with 1:05 left before the break, but the Kadie Parker scored five in the last minute to give the Lady Bobcats a 35-31 edge at the intermission.
            The second half saw five stalemates and six lead changes. Latisha McCullum banged in a three with just over eight minutes left in regulation to snap a 58-58 tie and kicked off a 12-4 scoring run to give JCJC its largest lead at 70-60 with 6:30 left. Deantra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex., sank two free throws to snap a 74-74 stalemate at the 2:12 mark before adding two more foul shots in the final minute to tie it at 77-77 and send things into OT.
            In the overtime period, Kaylan Hughes hit the opening basket to give Jones its final lead, while Darjean answered with a pair of free throws to re-tie it. Pearl River iced the win with a 10-4 run the rest of the way.
Parker led JCJC with 22 points (two treys), including a 10-of-12 effort at the foul line, while Crystal Clay added 11 (eight rebounds, three blocks), Hughes 10 (six rebounds, three steals), Starla Daggans nine, Lathisha McCullum eight (seven assists, four steals, two treys), Precious Jefferson (10 rebounds, six steals), Alyson Johnson (four assists, three steals), and Caitlyn Spane, six a piece, Terrica Williams three, and Zana Bridges and Chelsea Phillips, one each.
Darjean paced the Lady Wildcats with a season-high 28 points (nine rebounds, three steals), including a 14-of-16 effort from the field, while Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson scored 23 (four treys, eight steals), Echols 11 (13 rebounds, three blocks), Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville High seven, Vamikka Smith out of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala. (17 rebounds), and Taylor Brister, an East Central CC transfer from Prentiss (five assists), six each, Tamera Willliams of Hinds AHS three, and Tiana Dampeer of Lawrence County High and Essence Pulliam out of Forest Hill High in Jackson (three assists), two each.
Pearl River hit 43.3 percent (29 of 67) from the field to Jones County’s 40.2 percent (33 of 82), while the Lady Wildcats were four of 10 (40 percent) from three-point range to the Lady Bobcats’ six-of-18 (33.3 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 27 of 40 (67.5 percent), while JCJC was 11 of 20 (55 percent). The River dominated the boards with 58 rebounds (22 offensive, 36 defensive) to Jones’ 43 (19 offensive, 24 defensive), while PRCC had 34 turnovers to JCJC’s 24.
With the exception of an 8-8 deadlock just over four minutes into the men’s game, Pearl River all the way until Christopher White’s basket with 9:44 left gave the Bobcats their first lead of the night at 48-47.
            JCJC never looked back, wrapping the contest with a 24-22 run to take the three-point victory.
            Troy State signee Jeremy Hollimon, who finished the game with a game-high 23 points, hit back-to-back threes to put The River up 23-15 with 10:30 left in the first half before the Gulfport High recruited banged in a third trey to give the Wildcats another eight-point advantage with 6:45 left before the break.
            PRCC followed with two nine-point leads before the Bobcats closed out the half with a 7-1 run to cut the Wildcats lead to 35-31 at the break.
            Jones County opened the second half with a 17-12 scoring surge --- capped by White’s go-ahead basket before following with its 24-22 run to take the win.
Ashton Woodson led the Bobcats with 16 points (five rebounds), while White scored 12 (five rebounds), Leroy Fludd (six rebounds) and Bryce Jones (four assists), 10 each, Thaddeus Hall nine, Darris McLendon and Johnny Zuppardo (four assists), four each, Leo Garrett three, and Jared Tillman and Adrian Williams, two each.
Besides Hollimon, who also boasted a six-of-eight effort at the foul and hauled in four boards, Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High added 14 (five assists), Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., 13 (seven rebounds, seven of eight free-throw attempts), Bryant McGee of West Marion High seven (six rebounds, four blocks), Louisiana-Monroe signee Rakeem Esco of Canton High (six rebounds, five assists) Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson, five each, and Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High two (four rebounds).
Pearl River hit 39.2 percent (20 of 51) from the field to Jones County’s 45.2 percent (28 of 62) showing, while the Wildcats were six of 17 (35.3 percent) from three-point range to the Bobcats’ five-of-14 (35.7 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 23 of 28 (82.1 percent), while JCJC was 11 of 20 (55 percent). The River held a 39-35 edge in rebounding over Meridian.
Pearl River finished with 41 boards (12 offensive, 29 defensive) to Jones’ 34 (12 offensive, 22 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 14 turnovers to the Bobcats’ 11.
’Cat Fight II is set for Monday, Feb. 17, in Ellisville.
The River returns to the hard court when it travels to Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson Monday for more South Division action at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) before division foe Hinds visits Shivers Gym next Thursday for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) contests.
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MACJC South Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 @ Poplarville, MS
Pearl River 89, Jones County 83 (OT)
First Half: 35-31 (JCJC)
Second Half: 46-42 (PRCC)
Overtime: 12-6 (PRCC)
Jones County (10-5, 5-2): Kadie Parker 22 (10 of 12 FG, 2 of 2 treys), Crystal Clay 11 (8 RB, 3 blocks), Kaylan Hughes 10 (6 RB, 3 steals), Starla Daggans 9, Latisha McCullum 8 (7 assists, 4 steals, 2 treys), Precious Jefferson 6 (10 RB, 6 steals), Alyson Johnson 6 (4 assists, 3 steals), Caitlyn Spane 6, Terrica Willliams 3, Zana Bridges 1, Chelsea Phillips 1.
Pearl River (10-2, 5-1): Deantra Darjean 28 (9 RB, 14 of 16 FG, 3 steals), Kalisha Washington 23 (4 treys, 8 steals), Shanta’ Echols 11 (13 RB, 3 blocks), Tamesha Horne 7, Vamikka Smith 6 (17 RB), Taylor Brister 6 (5 assists), Tamera Williams 3, Tiana Dampeer 2, Essence Pulliam 2 (3 assists).
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 29 of 67 (43.3%), Jones County – 33 of 82 (40.2%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 4 of 10 (40.0%), Jones County – 6 of 18 (33.3%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 27 of 40 (67.5%), Jones County – 11 of 20 (55.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 58 (22 offensive, 36 defensive), Jones County – 43 (19 offensive, 24 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 34, Jones County 24.

Jones County 72, Pearl River 69
First Half: 35-31 (PRCC)
Second Half: 41-34 (JCJC)
Jones County (14-1, 7-0): Ashton Woodson 16 (5 RB), Christopher White 12 (5 RB), Leroy Fludd 10 (6 RB), Bryce Jones 10 (4 assists), Thaddeus Hall 9, Darris McLendon 4, Johnny Zuppardo 4 (4 assists), Leo Garrett 3, Jared Tillman 2, Adrian Williams 2.
Pearl River (9-5, 2-4): Jeremy Hollimon 23 (3 treys, 6 of 8 FT, 4 RB), DeAngelo Coleman 14 (5 assists), Kaven Bernard 13 (7 RB, 7 of 8 FT), Braynt McGee 7 (6 RB, 4 blocks), Rakeem Esco 5 (6 RB, 5 assists), Quintarius Porter 5, Lester Crosby 2 (4 RB).
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 20 of 51 (39.2%), Jones County – 28 of 62 (45.2%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 6 of 17 (35.3%), Jones County – 5 of 14 (335.7%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 23 of 28 (82.1%), Jones County – 11 of 20 (55.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 41 (12 offensive, 29 defensive), Jones County – 34 (12 offensive, 22 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 14, Jones County 11.
NOTE: Pearl River and Meridian eye South Division women’s and men’s rematches Monday, Feb. 17, in Ellisville.
UP NEXT: PRCC returns to the hard court when it travels to Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson for more South Division action at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) before division foe visits Shivers Gym next Thursday for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) contests.

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