November 10, 2017

Riding a strong third period by sophomore guard Autumn Taylor, the East Central Community College Lady Warriors remained undefeated with an 85-76 road win over the East Mississippi Community College Lady Lions Thursday, Nov. 9, in Scooba.

In the men’s action that followed, East Central could not hold on to a four-point halftime lead and fell 65-58 to the EMCC Lions.

Taylor, who prepped at Newton High School, scored 10 of her game-high 17 points to spark a 12-0 East Central run and help the Lady Warriors keep the pressure on East Mississippi. The Lady Warriors also had a 10-2 run during a pivotal part of the second period.

East Central’s lead was only three after one period, but extended to 43-32 at the half. Eleven Lady Warriors scored in the contest.

Taylor also had six assists. Freshman guard Tamirra Haskin of Laurel also had a big night with 13 points.  

The Lady Warriors improved their record to 3-0 on the season, while the Lady Lions fell to 1-2.

In the second game, the East Central Warriors led much of the first half and took a 35-31 lead to the locker room. The score was tied 54-54 late in the second half before EMCC pushed out to an eight point lead it never relinquished.

Sophomore guard Jaquan Dotson out of Neshoba Central led the Warriors with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Cameron Diggs (Mobile, Ala., Blount) chipped in 15 points and six boards.

The Warriors are now 1-2 on the season. East Mississippi is 3-0.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors will be in Clarksdale Monday, Nov. 13, to face Coahoma Community College at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The next home action is Nov. 20-21 for the EC Classic in Brackeen-Wood Gym. The Lady Warriors will host Lawson State Community College (Birmingham, Ala.) on Nov. 20 and Southern University-Shreveport on Nov. 21, both games at 5 p.m. The Warriors will play Faith Prep Academy (West Memphis, Ark.) on Nov. 20 and Mississippi Delta Community College on Nov. 21, both at 7 p.m.

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