It was a close battle for the East Central Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium in Decatur on Sophomore Night. Free throws were a pivotal factor as the Lady Warriors pulled out a 79-73 win over Southwest Mississippi’s Lady Bears, while the Warriors ended their season falling 79-75 in overtime against the Bears on Thursday, Feb. 18.
The East Central Lady Warriors improved their overall record to 21-2 and 13-1 in MACJC South Division to finish their regular season, extending their winning streak to 16.
The loss dropped the Lady Bears to 17-6 overall and 9-5 in the South Division.
Four Lady Warriors put up double-digit scoring. Samantha Duncan out of Oak Grove High School led the Lady Warrior scorers with 25 points, Alexia McDonald out of Petal High School followed adding 23 points, Miracle Rushing out of Meridian High School put up 17 points, and Kalybriah Haskin (Olympian High School, Chula Vista, Calif.) added 10 points.
Duncan had a big night against the Lady Bears and went nine of 10 at the free throw line. She also had 12 rebounds, five assists and a steal. Rushing also brought down 12 rebounds for a double-double.
In the men’s basketball action, the Warriors ended their season 13-10 overall and 8-6 in the South Division. The Bears finished their regular season 14-8 overall and 9-5 in the South Division.
The Warriors needed the win to secure a spot in the MACJC State Tournament.
Sophomore Randy Phillips out of Lanier High School put up double-digit scoring for the fourth game in a row, leading the game’s scorers with 19 points. Keion Peoples out of Ridgeway (Tenn.) High School added 16 points and Prince McDaniel out of Pascagoula High School put up 11 points. Tonzell Handy, a freshman out of Lanier High School, brought down eight rebounds for the Warriors.
The MACJC South Division Champion East Central Lady Warriors will travel to Itawamba Community College to face East Mississippi’s Lady Lions in the MACJC State Tournament quarterfinals Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. EMCC is one of two teams to defeat East Central this season.
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