December 13, 2016

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both fell to Shelton State Community College Monday, Dec. 12, in Tuscaloosa.

The Lady Warriors had three players in double-digit scoring in a 111-62 loss to the No. 4 nationally ranked Lady Buccaneers. Freshman Autumn Taylor of Newton High School led ECCC scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds. Curtisha Coleman of Wayne County High School was not far behind with 18 points, and Shantavis Hughes of Hattiesburg High School added 13 points.

The Lady Warriors dropped to 5-4 on the season with their third straight loss.

The East Central men’s basketball team held the Buccaneers to a one-point lead at the half, but No. 15 nationally ranked Shelton State pulled away in the second half to an 81-71 win.

Freshman Cayman Ruffin of Neshoba Central High School put up 14 points for the Warriors along with six assists. Sophomore Jalon Bardley of New Hope High School added nine points and eight assists.

ECCC shot 51 percent from the floor, but just 50 percent from the free throw line for the game.

The Warriors fell to 4-5 on the season.

Both East Central teams are now off until Tuesday, Jan. 10, when they travel to Scooba to face East Mississippi Community College. Tipoff is set for 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.