November 4, 2016

The defending state champion East Central Community College Lady Warriors went on the road Thursday, Nov. 3, and came home with a season-opening 80-75 win over the Coahoma Lady Tigers in a game played in Clarksdale.

With 10 new players on the roster, East Central fell behind after one quarter of play, 21-18. However, a strong second quarter gave the Lady Warriors the 44-39 halftime lead.

Coahoma cut the lead to three with less than a minute to play before East Central pulled out the five-point win.

Freshman center Curtisha Coleman out of Wayne County High School led East Central in scoring with 20 points. Sophomore guard Bryona Stewart, a product of Itawamba AHS in Fulton, added 19, while Stewart’s former high school teammate and fellow sophomore guard Aniyah Marshall chipped in 12 points for the Lady Warriors. Laneisha Jeans from Pine Forest High School (Pensacola, Fla.) had 11 points. Newcomer sophomore forward Jessica Powers out of Pearl River Central High School led in rebounds with seven and was a perfect 6 for 6 at the free throw line.

East Central is 1-0 on the season, while Coahoma is 0-1.

The Lady Warriors are back in action at home twice next week. No. 4 nationally ranked Shelton State Community College out of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will come to Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium on Monday, Nov. 7. East Mississippi Community College will travel to Decatur on Thursday, Nov. 10. Tipoff for both games is 5:30 p.m.

All East Central home basketball games are on the radio and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.