| BOONEVILLE, Miss. -- East Mississippi Community College split a basketball doubleheader at Northeast Mississippi Monday night, as the Lady Lions claimed a 68-64 road win and the EMCC men dropped a tough 60-58 decision to the Tigers at Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Martika Hull (left) had 20 points and nine rebounds Monday night to help lead the 13-4 Lady Lions to a 68-64 win at Northeast Mississippi. Woodie Howard notched his fourth double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds in EMCC’s 60-58 road loss to the Tigers.
Improving to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in the North Division with the four-point divisional road win, coach Sharon Thompson's Lady Lions have already posted the most wins by an EMCC women’s basketball team in 10 seasons. In addition, the Lady Lions have now won nine of their last 11 decisions on the year.
Trailing 32-28 at the intermission after shooting just 35 percent from the field in the opening half, EMCC grabbed the lead for good midway through the second stanza after the two teams combined for seven lead changes and three ties through the first 11 minutes of the closing period. After back-to-back baskets by substitute Brittani Jones knotted the score at 54-54 with eight minutes remaining, freshman Martika Hull gave the visitors a five-point lead (59-54) with consecutive scores of her own. Northeast managed to close the gap to a single point two times over the final 5:30, but costly turnovers by the home team and timely EMCC free throws down the stretch resulted in the four-point outcome.
The EMCC women benefitted from 16 offensive rebounds and 19 steals, while the Lady Tigers were hampered by 34 turnovers, including 20 miscues in the second half.
Hull tallied a game-high 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and added a team-high nine rebounds for the winners. The former Southeast Lauderdale High School standout recorded her third 20-point effort of the season and has now reached double figures in eight of her last nine outings. Sophomore Angelique Burtts, a Georgia State signee, added 16 points and eight boards.
The Lady Tigers, now 7-10 overall and 2-4 in divisional play, were led by Miranda Phillips with 14 points, followed by Ranisha Williams and Eboni Crayton with a dozen points apiece.
East Mississippi could not pull off the road sweep, as coach Mark White's Lions dropped a two-point road decision to the Tigers. Northeast's John Sexton hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to give the Tigers the victory. The EMCC men fall to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in North Division play in dropping their second straight divisional contest.
Down 36-29 at the half, the Lions battled back in the second half despite shooting only 36 percent from the field for the game. The visitors managed to finally overcome their deficit after sophomore Woodie Howard hit 3-of-4 free throws on successive possessions to give EMCC a 58-56 lead with 2:23 remaining. After the two teams traded empty possessions within the final minute of play, Sexton hit his game-winning trey with 10 seconds left. The Lions had two more opportunities over the final seconds to reclaim the lead and come away with the win, but a turnover followed Sexton’s 3-pointer and a desperation court-length shot at the buzzer was off target after a missed one-and-one opportunity for Northeast.
Howard, a Starkville High School product, notched his fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 13 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors. Freshman Rob Elam followed with 11 points, while Starkville’s Coco Ware was limited to nine points – his lowest point total since the third game of the season. The nation’s 17th-leading scorer - at 20.7 points per game entering the contest - had a string of 13 consecutive double figure-scoring games snapped in Monday’s contest.
Led by William Burdette’s game-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, the Tigers improved to 10-9 overall and 2-4 in divisional play. Sexton finished with 16 points, including 4-of-7 three-point shooting, in addition to adding six assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals for the winners.
The EMCC basketball teams next travel to Senatobia to take on Northwest Mississippi in a Thursday doubleheader.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 January 2009 )
| SCOOBA, Miss. – The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams earned a North Division split at home Thursday night against Holmes by claiming a 73-65 women’s victory and dropping an 82-68 men’s decision.
Sophomore forward Angelique Burtts tallied 25 of her season-high 27 points in the second half Thursday night to help lead the 12-4 Lady Lions to a 73-65 home victory over Holmes. The Georgia State signee added 11 rebounds to register her fourth double-double in the last seven contests.
With leading scorer Angelique Burtts saddled with two early first-half fouls, coach Sharon Thompson’s Lady Lions trailed, 33-26, at the intermission. Ignited by Burtts’ return to the floor in the second stanza, the EMCC women knotted the contest at 43-43 by the 13:38 mark on Burtts’ put-back basket. The Georgia State signee later put the home team on top (51-49) for the first time since early in the contest with a break-away layup midway through the closing period. After the visiting Lady Bulldogs reclaimed the lead (58-57) with 5:17 remaining, the Lady Lions scored 10 unanswered points over a critical three-minute stretch to pull away for the eight-point win and improve their overall record to 12-4 and 4-1 in North Division play.
Burtts exploded for 25 second-half points after scoring but two first-half points in limited action because of her early foul trouble. Along with her season-high 27 points, the Conyers, Ga., native added a game-most 11 rebounds to register her fourth double-double in the last seven contests. Sophomore point guard Kottia White from Jackson Murrah added 13 points, five steals and four assists, while former Southeast Lauderdale star Martika Hull also reached double digits with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs fell to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in North Division play with the setback. Sophomore forward Kimberly Anderson led all scorers with a game-high 31 points for Holmes.
In the nightcap, coach Mark White’s Lions battled back from an 11-point deficit early in the second half to take a brief 60-59 lead at the 7:40 mark. Sophomore Cataurius Taylor’s floater in the lane capped a 10-2 EMCC run that also included back-to-back 3-pointers by Darian Donald of Caledonia High School. With the Lions trailing by one point (65-64) two minutes later, Holmes’ Jeremy Lightfoot scored consecutive baskets to spark a game-deciding 11-0 run by the visitors.
Falling to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in North Division play, the Lions were led by freshman Coco Ware of Starkville with 19 points and four steals. The nation’s 16th-leading scorer tallied 13 of EMCC’s first 15 points of the contest, but misfired on his last six field-goal attempts of the opening half. Entering the game averaging 20.8 points per contest, Ware’s six second-half points all came on two-point attempts, as the former Starkville High School standout failed to connect on all four of his three-point tries in the closing period. Donald followed with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Taylor and freshman Terence Bennett of Jackson’s Forest Hill High School added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
James Archie and Kendrick Black led a quartet of double-digit Holmes scorers with 15 points apiece. The Bulldogs improved to 12-5 overall and 3-2 against North Division competition.
The EMCC basketball teams return to action Monday (Jan. 26) by traveling to Northeast Mississippi and then onto Northwest Mississippi Thursday (Jan. 29) for North Division doubleheaders away from home.
Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2009 )
| SCOOBA, Miss. – The East Mississippi basketball teams both improved to 3-1 in MACJC North Division play with a home doubleheader sweep of Mississippi Delta Tuesday night at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The Lady Lions opened the evening with a 62-49 win over the Delta women, while the EMCC men capped the night with a 72-66 triumph over the Trojans.
On the heels of Tuesday’s doubleheader divisional sweep of Mississippi Delta, EMCC’s basketball teams will continue their current two-game homestand by playing host to Holmes Community College Thursday on the Scooba campus. Tip-off times at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum are set for 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
In Tuesday’s opener, coach Sharon Thompson’s 11-4 Lady Lions jumped out to an early 14-6 advantage six minutes into the contest on the way to building a 27-18 halftime lead. After stretching the margin to as many as 16 points (41-25) four minutes into the second stanza, the EMCC women held a double-digit lead for the majority of the closing period. The visiting Lady Trojans did manage to cut the deficit to seven points on two occasions midway through the half, but the Lady Lions rode the frontline tandem of sophomore Angelique Burtts and freshman Martika Hull to post their seventh victory in the last nine games.
A native of Conyers, Ga., Burtts tallied 15 of her team-high 19 points in the second half, including three 3-pointers. The Georgia State signee also collected eight rebounds. Hull, from Southeast Lauderdale, notched her third double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high dozen rebounds, including 11 offensive boards. As a team, EMCC collected 31 offensive rebounds in the contest.
Lady Lion sophomore point guard Kottia White from Jackson Murrah added 11 points, while sophomore forward Jasmine Abrams of Columbus posted a solid defensive performance with a season-high 13 rebounds and three blocks to go along with six points.
In Tuesday’s nightcap on the Scooba campus, coach Mark White’s 10-5 Lions saw a 13-point, first-half lead negated by a 22-9 run by visiting Mississippi Delta to knot the men’s game at 32-32 by the intermission. The contest stayed to within a two-point margin for the first eight minutes of the second stanza until EMCC freshman Coco Ware of Starkville provided a defensive spark despite struggling with his perimeter shooting. Entering the game ranked among the nation’s leaders in scoring and steals, Ware picked off a Delta pass and converted the layup for his first made field goal of the game coming at the 11:49 mark. The former Starkville High School product followed with a driving pull-up jumper to give the Lions a 51-45 lead with 11:10 remaining.
Shooting 56 percent as a team on 15-of-27 field goals in the second half, the EMCC men maintained control of the game by mounting an 11-point margin (68-57) following a pair of Ware free throws at the 3:13 mark. Five unanswered points by the Trojans cut the deficit to six points (68-62) with 2:11 left, but the Lions iced their ninth win in the last 11 outings by hitting 4-of-8 charity tosses over the final minute.
Ware led a quartet of double-digit EMCC scorers with 17 points – 15 coming after halftime – along with contributing nine rebounds and four steals. Fellow Starkville High School product Woodie Howard followed with 16 points for the second straight game, while Darian Donald of Columbus’ Caledonia High School added 14 points and nine boards.
The East Mississippi basketball teams will remain at home to play host to Holmes Community College Thursday on the Scooba campus. Tip-off times for the North Division contests at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum are set for 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 January 2009 )
| SCOOBA, Miss. – Positioned among the early-season leaders of the MACJC’s North Division standings with identical 2-1 league marks, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams tip off a key two-game divisional homestand Tuesday by playing host to Mississippi Delta. Game times are set for 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum on the Scooba campus.
Coaches Mark White and Sharon Thompson will lead their respective EMCC basketball teams this week in key home North Division matchups against Mississippi Delta and Holmes on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
The EMCC teams will stay at home to welcome divisional foe Holmes Community College on Thursday (Jan. 22) with 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tip-offs in Scooba.
Coach Sharon Thompson’s 10-4 EMCC women’s team will look to rebound from last week’s 77-71 road setback to Itawamba. Winners of six of their last eight decisions, the Lady Lions are led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore forward Angelique Burtts. The Georgia State signee averages a team-best 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while having registered three double-doubles in her last five outings.
Former Southeast Lauderdale standout Martika Hull is averaging 11.4 points per contest on 63-percent shooting from the field, in addition to pulling down 5.8 boards a game to rank third on the team. Sophomore point guard Kottia White from Jackson Murrah adds 9.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals for EMCC.
Having most recently posted an impressive 85-83 road triumph over Itawamba a week ago in Fulton, coach Mark White’s 9-5 Lions have now won eight of their last 10 decisions. The EMCC men are paced by freshman guard Coco Ware, who enters the week ranked 23rd nationally in scoring (21.1 ppg) and seventh in steals (3.4 spg). The former Starkville High School star is averaging 24.5 points over his last 11 outings.
Sophomore Darian Donald from Caledonia High School averages 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest, while Starkville High School product Woodie Howard ranks as the team’s third double-digit scorer on the year at 10.1 points. Coming off a clutch 16-point effort on 8-of-12 field-goal shooting in last week’s two-point win at Itawamba, Howard leads the Lions with an average of 7.3 rebounds an outing.
Last Updated ( Monday, 19 January 2009 )
| SCOOBA, Miss. – All-district infielder Celeste Fontenot of Brusly, La., has become East Mississippi Community College’s first softball signee of the 2009-2010 recruiting year, as announced this weekend by EMCC softball coach Kate Neely.
All-district infielder Celeste Fontenot of Brusly, La., has become East Mississippi’s first softball signee of the 2009-2010 recruiting year.
Preparing for her senior season at Brusly High School, Fontenot batted .347 as a junior to earn all-district honors at shortstop. Making the switch from the outfield, the 5-foot-7 right-handed standout helped lead coach Beau Bouvier’s 2008 Lady Panthers to a regional playoff appearance and a No. 5 Class 3A state ranking en route to posting a 21-14-1 record.
“From the time we watched her skills video to the first time we talked with her, we were convinced that Celeste’s eagerness to work hard and knowledge of the game worked hand in hand with the direction we’re attempting to take our program,” EMCC’s Neely noted.
A seven-year participant with the Louisiana Heat travel ball club, Fontenot was selected to the all-star team of a prestigious national tournament held in Denver last summer. The two-time Class 3A all-district performer has also been chosen to all-star teams during state tournament competition the past two years.
“I chose EMCC as my home away from home for the next two years because the campus feels like home to me,” Fontenot said. “I was raised in a small town and played softball for great coaches in a family atmosphere, so Scooba is a perfect fit for me because EMCC offers the exact same things.”
An honor roll student in high school, Fontenot plans to study nursing in college. She is the daughter of Dane and Gerilee Fontenot of Brusly, La. – a town of about 2,000 people located in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 January 2009 )
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