River sweeps Perk

            PERKINSTON --- Pearl River Community College swept arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast here Thursday in MACJC South Division basketball action with the Lady Wildcats taking a 71-63 win, while the Wildcats avenged an earlier loss to the host Bulldogs with a 76-65 victory.
            PRCC’s women improved to 13-3 overall and 8-2 in division play, while its men are now 13-5 and 6-4. MGCCC’s women dropped to 7-12 and 3-5, while its men are now 14-5 and 7-3.
            In the women’s game, The River held on to a narrow 35-31 edge at the break then outscored Gulf Coast 36-32 to take the eight-point victory.
            Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson paced the Lady Wildcats with a game-high 21 points (six rebounds, five steals), while Essence Pulliam out of Forest Hill High in Jackson added 15 (six rebounds, two blocks), Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High 13 (10 rebounds), Deantra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex., 12 (five rebounds, three assists, three steals), Taylor Brister, an East Central CC transfer from Prentiss (three blocks), and Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville High, four each, and Tiana Dampeer of Lawrence County High two.
            Christa Owen led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, followed with Cici Brown with 13 (five rebounds), Hellanisa Young nine (11 rebounds), Samara Dingiswayo seven (six rebounds), Tashara Thompson and Courtney White, six each, Kaylynn Smith five, and Amanda Lewis (six rebounds) and Mariah Lewis, one each.
Pearl River hit 32.9 percent (27 of 63) from the field to Gulf Coast’s 35.9 percent (23 of 64), while the Lady Wildcats were three of six (18.8 percent) from three-point range to the Lady Bulldogs’ two-of-17 (11.8 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 14 of 24 (58.3 percent), while MGCCC was 15 of 22 (68.2 percent). Pearl River finished with 41 rebounds (15 offensive, 26 defensive), while Gulf Coast had 43 (17 offensive, 26 defensive). The River committed 17 turnovers in the contest to MGCCC’s 21.
In the men’s game, Pearl River took a commanding 37-24 lead at the intermission before outscoring the Bulldogs 41-39 to take the 11-point win.
            Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., led the Wildcats with a game-high 22 points (six rebounds), while Troy State (Ala.) signee Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High was close behind with 21 (six rebounds).  Bryant McGee of West Marion High scored 14, Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High 11 (seven assists), Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson three, Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High and Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High (five rebounds), two each, and Louisiana-Monroe signee Rakeem Esco of Canton High one.
            Chris Bilbo paced Gulf Coast with 17 points, while Rashad Perkins scored 16, Roger Woods 14, Tony Bridges nine, Michael Lewis four, Jamarri Johnson three, and Josh Carroll two.
Pearl River hit 49 percent (24 of 49) from the field to Gulf Coast’s 35.3 percent (25 of 61) showing, while the Wildcats were five of 11 (45.5 percent) from three-point range to the Bulldogs’ six-of-17 (35.3 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 23 of 33 (69.7 percent), while MGCCC was nine of 15 (60 percent).
The River finished with 34 rebounds (14 offensive, 20 defensive) to Gulf Coast’s 36 (19 offensive, 17 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 12 turnovers to the Bulldogs’ 16.
Pearl River split with MGCCC in previous South Division meetings played Jan. 13 in Poplarville with the Lady Wildcats taking an 80-72 victory, while the Wildcats were 64-62 losers.
PRCC returns to the hard court hosting back-to-back South Division foes in Southwest Mississippi on Monday and Meridian on Thursday, Feb. 13. Both playing dates are set for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).
 
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PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SPORTS INFORMATION
 
PEARL RIVER @ MISS. GULF COAST
MACJC South Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 @ Perkinston, MS
 
WOMEN
Pearl River 71, Miss. Gulf Coast 63
First Half: 35-31 (PRCC)
Second Half: 36-32 (PRCC)
 
SCORERS
Pearl River (13-3, 8-2): Kalisha Washington 21 (6 RB, 5 steals), Essence Pulliam 15 (6 RB, 2 blocks), Shanta' Echols 13 (10 RB), Deantra Darjean 12 (5 RB, 3 assists, 3 steals), Taylor Brister 4 (3 blocks), Tamesha Horne 4, Tiana Dampeer 2.
 
Miss. Gulf Coast (7-12, 3-5): Christa Owen 15, Cici Brown 13 (5 RB), Hellanisa Young 9 (11 RB), Samara Dingiswayo 7 (6 RB), Tashara Thompson 6, Courtney White 6, Kaylynn Smith 5, Amanda Lewis 1 (6 RB), Mariah Lewis 1.
 
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Pearl River – 27 of 63 (32.9%), Gulf Coast – 23 of 64 (35.9%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 3 of 16 (18.8%), Gulf Coast – 2 of 17 (11.8%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 14 of 24 (58.3%), Gulf Coast – 15 of 22 (68.2%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 41 (15 offensive, 26 defensive), Gulf Coast – 43 (17 offensive, 26 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 17, Gulf Coast 21.
 
MEN
Pearl River 76, Miss. Gulf Coast 65
First Half: 37-24 (PRCC)
Second Half: 41-39 (PRCC)
 
SCORERS
Pearl River (13-5, 6-4): Kaven Bernard 22 (6 RB), Jeremy Hollimon 21 (6 RB), Bryant McGee 14, DeAngelo Coleman 11 (7 assists), Quintarius Porter 3, Devontai Foye 2, Lester Crosby 2 (5 RB), Rakeem Esco 1.
 
Miss. Gulf Coast (14-5, 7-3): Chris Bilbo 17, Rashad Perkins 16, Roger Woods 14, Tony Bridges 9, Michael Lewis 4, Jamarri Johnson 3, Josh Carroll 2.
 
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Pearl River – 24 of 49 (49.0%), Gulf Coast – 25 of 61 (35.3%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 5 of 11 (45.5%), Gulf Coast – 6 of 17 (35.3%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 23 of 33 (69.7%), Gulf Coast – 9 of 15 (60.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 34 (14 offensive, 20 defensive), Gulf Coast – 36 (19 offensive, 17 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 12, Gulf Coast 16.
 
NOTE: Pearl River split with Miss. Gulf Coast in previous meetings played Jan. 13 in Poplarville. The Lady Wildcats were 80-72 winners, while the Wildcats were 64-62 losers.
 
UP NEXT: PRCC returns to the hard court hosting back-to-back South Division foes in Southwest Mississippi on Monday and Meridian on Thursday, Feb. 13. Both playing dates are set for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).

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