Bobcat basketball teams take two on road from Co-Lin
December 10, 2013
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
WESSON – The Jones County Junior College basketball teams posted a pair of important MACJC South Division road victories here Monday night at Mullen Gym/Gwyn Young Court.
First, the Lady Bobcats built a 17-point lead with less than five minutes to play and then held on for a 69-64 win over the Copiah-Lincoln Lady Wolves. The victory gives JCJC a 4-4 overall record, 1-1 in the division.
It was a similar situation in the men’s game where the Bobcats took a 16-point lead with just over 13 minutes to play and then hung on for a 90-82 decision over Co-Lin. JCJC is now 8-0 overall, 2-0 in the division.
Each team has one game remaining before the Christmas holiday break.
The Lady Bobcats visit East Mississippi for a 5 p.m. game on Friday. The JCJC men’s team travels to Hattiesburg to take on the William Carey University Junior Varsity squad at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17. Both Bobcat teams will then be off until Jan. 6 when they play at Itawamba Community College.
Co-Lin’s final games before the Christmas break will be on Saturday when they go to New Orleans to take on Delgado Community College (La.).
Lady Bobcats 69, Lady Wolves 64
The Lady Bobcats received a ‘double-double’ from Kaylan Hughes as they defeated the Lady Wolves. Hughes notched 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for JCJC. Freshmen Alyson Johnson and Kadie Parker added 13 points each.
JCJC took a 12-4 lead with 14:27 left in the first half when Crystal Clay made a free throw. But Co-Lin stormed back and took a 17-14 lead when Ashley Minor scored with 9:17 left in the half.
The Lady Wolves held a 32-31 lead late in the half, but Johnson’s 35-footer at the buzzer gave JCJC a 34-32 halftime margin.
Co-Lin would take its final lead of the night when Claresa Banks made a 3-pointer with 14:47 left to make it 42-41.
But the Lady Bobcats would then go on a 20-2 run over the next eight minutes to take command of the game. A steal and layup by Johnson gave the Lady Bobcats a 61-44 lead with 6:42 remaining.
A Hughes’ bucket with 3:58 left gave JCJC a 68-51 lead, but Co-Lin would not go away. Blanks made two free throws with 20.5 seconds remaining to cap a 10-0 spurt and cut the lead to 68-61.
Johnson hit a free throw with 19.4 seconds to play to put JCJC up 69-61 and Keyana Miller’s 3-pointer with a second to play ended the scoring.
The Lady Wolves, 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the division, got 20 points from Minor, 12 from Blanks and 10 from Miller.
Bobcats 90, Wolves 82
The Bobcats had to overcome quite a bit in order to remain perfect on the season.
Starting point guard Bryce Jones fouled out and starting wing guard Thaddeus Hall was ejected after receiving a pair of technical fouls. Starters Johnny Zuppardo and Leroy Fludd each ended the game with four fouls, as did backup point guard Adrian Williams.
But JCJC persevered and received several clutch performances.
Hall led the team with 17 points, including 15 in the first half. Leo Garrett added 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Ashton Woodson scored 13 points and ignited a key stretch late in the game. Zuppardo finished with 11 points. Fludd had a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Bobcats were 26-of-43 from the free throw line, while Co-Lin was 25-of-38.
The Bobcats led 25-17 with 9:53 left in the first when Woodson canned a free throw. But the Wolves came back and took a 33-29 lead with 6:36 left in the first half when Jordan Lumpkins made a 3-pointer from the right corner.
But JCJC closed the half on a 26-9 run, capped by a steal and layup by Jared Tillman with one second left to take a 55-42 halftime lead.
The Bobcats took their longest lead of the night at 69-53 with 13:46 remaining when Garrett made a 3-pointer from the right corner.
But the Wolves chipped away at the lead and got within 80-76 with 6:13 to play when Ron Logan made a pair of free throws.
Woodson then scored a bucket and added a pair of free throws. He then dished to Darris McLendon for a basket and made an assist to Jones to cap an 8-0 stretch and give the Bobcats an 88-76 lead with 3:55 remaining.
The closest Co-Lin would get would be the final margin when LaJustin Anderson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Wolves, 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the league, received 22 points from Lumpkins and 19 from Anderson.
Mullen Gymnasium/Gwyn Young Court
Jones County 69, Copiah-Lincoln 64
JONES COUNTY (4-4, 1-1) – Kaylan Hughes 17, Alyson Johnson 13, Kadie Parker 13, Latisha McCullum 8, Starla Daggans 6, Precious Jefferson 4, Terrica Williams 3, Crystal Clay 3, Caitlyn Spane 2, Chelsea Phillips 0.
COPIAH-LINCOLN (4-4, 0-2) – Ashley Minor 20, Claresa Banks 12, Keyana Miller 10, Maleah Isaac 7, Caroline Lumpkin 5, Allison Newton 4, Jessica Wilson 4, Kietra Collins 2, Tyra Gibson 0, Kentija Tarleton 0, Tyrisha Patterson 0.
Jones County 34 35 – 69
Copiah-Lincoln 32 32 – 64
Jones County 90, Copiah-Lincoln 82
JONES COUNTY (8-0, 2-0) – Thaddeus Hall 17, Leo Garrett 14, Ashton Woodson 13, Johnny Zuppardo 11, Bryce Jones 8, Jared Tillman 8, Leroy Fludd 7, Darris McLendon 6, Adrian Williams 5, Christopher White 1, Otis Harvey 0.
COPIAH-LINCOLN (2-6, 0-2) – Jordan Lumpkins 22, LaJustin Anderson 19, Anthony Davis 9, Chris Steverson 9, Michael Vardaman 9, Ron Logan 8, Terrence James 4, Eric Smith 4, Corey Cox 0.
Jones County 55 35 – 90
Copiah-Lincoln 42 40 – 82