Pearl River splits at Meridian

            MERIDIAN --- Pearl River Community College was swept by Meridian in women’s and men’s MACJC South Division basketball action here Tuesday with the Lady Wildcats taking a 71-43 walloping, while the Wildcats dropped their fourth straight with a 71-70 setback off a buzzer-beating basket by the Eagles’ Corey Brister.
PRCC’s women dropped to 10-2 overall and 4-1 in division play, while its men dropped to 9-4 and 2-3. MCC’s women are now 12-2 and 3-1, while its men are 2-11 and 1-3.
In the women’s game, Meridian led 34-21 at the intermission, and then outscored the River 37-22 in the second half to take the lopsided 28-point victory.
Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High paced the Lady Wildcats with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson scored six, Kaci Sisson of Quitman High and Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville High, five each, Tiana Dampeer of Lawrence County High four, Iesha Dixon of Hinds AHS, Essence Pulliam (seven rebounds), and Vamikka Smith out of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala. (7 rebounds), three a piece, Deantra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex., two, and Jalonda Jones and Skyeisha Moss, both of Quitman High, one each.
Miaya Crowder led Meridian with a game-high 22 points, while Victoria Stewart added 13, Kristen Sampson and Kandice Sims, 10 each, Londyn Thomas eight, Shaquilla Manuel four, and Lydia Stevenson and Feleshia Walters, two each.
Pearl River hit season-low 20.6 percent (14 of 68) from the field to Meridian’s 43.8 percent (28 of 64), while the Lady Wildcats were two of 21 (9.5 percent) from three-point range to the Lady Eagles’ three-of-12 (25 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 13 of 17 (76.5 percent), while MCC was 12 of 14 (85.7 percent). Meridian out-rebounded The River 48-45.
In the men’s game, Pearl River led 35-33 at the break, while Meridian outscored the Wildcats 38-35 in the second half.
Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High led PRCC with 17 points (seven rebounds), while Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson scored 15 (six rebounds), Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., 12, Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High eight (six rebounds), Joshua Johnson out of Carroll High in Monroe, La., six, Bryant McGee of West Marion High five (seven rebounds), Louisiana-Monroe signee Rakeem Esco of Canton High four, and Irishma Bowie of Morton High three.
Brister paced the Eagles with a game-high 22 points, while Brandon Daniels added 14, William Byrd 10, Jadarreon Williams seven, Phillip Walker six, Donald King five, Kenny Davis and Will Sheriff, three each, and Andre Funches one.
Pearl River hit 40 percent (22 of 55) from the field to Meridian’s 48.9 percent (23 of 47) showing, while the Wildcats were four of 15 (26.7 percent) from three-point range to the Eagles’ impressive nine-of-15 (60 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 22 of 38 (67.9 percent), while MCC was 16 of 29 (55.2 percent). The River held a 39-35 edge in rebounding over Meridian.
Pearl River and Meridian eye South Division women’s and men’s rematches Thursday, Feb. 13, in Poplarville.
PRCC returns to the hard court when it hosts South Division rival Jones County Thursday in Shivers Gymnasium with games at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) before traveling to Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson for more division action at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) contests.
 
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PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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PEARL RIVER @ MERIDIAN
MACJC South Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 @ Meridian, MS
 
WOMEN
Meridian 71, Pearl River 43
First Half: 34-21 (MCC)
Second Half: 37-22 (MCC)
 
SCORERS
Pearl River (10-2, 4-1): Shanta' Echols 10 (10 RB), Kaci Sisson 5, Kalisha Washington 6, Tamesha Horne 5, Tiana Dampeer 4, Iesha Dixon 3, Essence Pulliam 3 (7 RB), Vamikka Smith 3 (7 RB), Deantra Darjean 2, Jalonda Jones 1, Skyeisha Moss 1.
Meridian (12-2, 3-1): Miaya Crowder 22 (7 RB), Victoria Stewart 13, Kristen Sampson 10, Kandice Sims 10, Londyn Thomas 8 (10 RB), Shaquillia Manuel 4, Lydia Stevenson 2, Feleshia Walters 2.
 
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 14 of 68 (20.6%), Meridian – 28 of 64 (43.8%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 2 of 21 (9.5%), Meridian – 3 of 12 (25.0%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 13 of 17 (76.5%), Meridian – 12 of 14 (85.7%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 45, Meridian – 48.
 
MEN
Meridian 71, Pearl River 70
First Half: 35-33 (PRCC)
Second Half: 38-35 (MCC)
 
SCORERS
Pearl River (9-4, 2-3): DeAngelo Coleman 17 (7 RB), Quintarius Porter 15 (6 RB), Kaven Bernard 12, Lester Crosby 8 (6 RB), Joshua Johnson 6, Bryant McGee 5 (7 RB), Rakeem Esco 4, Irishma Bowie 3.
Meridian (2-11, 1-3): Corey Brister 22, Brandon Daniels 14, William Byrd 10, Jadarreon Williams 7, Phillip Walker 6, Donald King 5, Kenny Davis 3, Will Sheriff 3, Andre Funches 1.
 
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 22 of 55 (40.0%), Meridian – 23 of 47 (48.9%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 4 of 15 (26.7%), Meridian – 9 of 15 (60.0%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 22 of 38 (67.9%), Meridian – 16 of 29 (55.2%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 39, Meridian – 35.
 
NOTE: Pearl River and Meridian eye South Division women’s and men’s rematches Thursday, Feb. 13, in Poplarville.
 
UP NEXT: PRCC returns to the hard court when it hosts South Division rival Jones County Thursday in Shivers Gymnasium with games at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) before traveling to Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson for more division action at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) contests.
 

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