Rangers Oust State Champions Itawamba 99-82
March 7, 2014
CLINTON – Northwest built a 17-point halftime lead behind 65 percent shooting and never looked back in a convincing 99-82 win over 2014 State Champions Itawamba in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament Quarterfinals Thursday night at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum.
Northwest improved to 13-10 overall while ICC's season came to a close at 17-10.
The Rangers closed the night shooting a season-high 58 percent from the floor against 47 percent for the Indians. Northwest's bench provided a huge spark, scoring 40 points, led by Gavin Robinson with a game and career-high 21 on 8-of-10 shooting.
ICC led by six at the 17:23 mark of the first half before an 8-0 run put Northwest in front for the first time at 10-8. From there it was all Rangers as the lead ballooned to a game-high 42-22 with 5:10 to play in the first.
Northwest led 55-38 at the break.
ICC pulled within 75-67 with 7:07 to play before a tough layup by De'Sean Dockery and trailing free throws byTristan Moore quickly pushed it back out to double figures.
Robinson put the finishing touches on a big night with an uncontested dunk with under 30 seconds to play.
Behind Robinson's 21, Dockery added 19, Dajon Reno had 14 points, Tristan Moore netted 13 points and added 10 assists and Rashon Coleman had seven points and a career-high 10 assists.
ICC was led by Johnthan McGee with 20 points, Tyrone Wooten with 15 and Alex Anderson with 10.
The Rangers will play Pearl River (17-7) Friday night at 8 p.m. in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, EMCC and Jones County will play for a trip to the finals on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Live stats vs Pearl River available here: sidearmstats.com/northwestms/mbball.
Carshava Sutton Named MACJC Player of the Week
February 11, 2014
JACKSON – Northwest sophomore forward Carshava Sutton of Charleston has been named the MACJC/JUCO Weekly Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 9.
Sutton is the first women's basketball POTW from Northwest this season and is now eligible for NJCAA national player of the week honors which will be announced on Wednesday.
Sutton averaged averaged 27.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Lady Rangers. She shot 73 percent from the floor (19 for 26) and 74 percent from the free throw line (17 for 23). She has posted four consecutive double-doubles and eight overall, including a career-high 33-point, 15-rebound effort at Itawamba last Thursday. It marked the first 30-point game for a Lady Ranger since 2009.
On the year, Sutton is averaging 16.6 points and 10.1 rebounds a game and leads the team in both categories.
Northwest (11-6, 5-4 MACJC) hosts Mississippi Delta (12-7, 7-2) on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.
Northwest to Open 2014 Baseball Season on Sat., Feb. 15
February 11, 2014
SENATOBIA – After a pair of snowouts against both Southwest Tennessee and Arkansas Baptist this week, the 14th-ranked Northwest Rangers are now scheduled to open their season on Saturday, Feb. 15 against 8th-ranked North Iowa.
First pitch of the 2014 season is set for 11:30 a.m. A single game will follow at 4 p.m. against Southeastern Iowa. Both games will be played at Jim Miles Field and Saturday's forecast shows a high of 54 degrees.
Northwest is coming off a 31-18 record and second state championship appearance in three seasons, while the Trojans of North Iowa were also 31-18 and advanced to the NJCAA Division II World Series a year ago.
Mark Carson enters his ninth season as the Rangers' head coach, and is just one of three coaches in program history with 200 career wins. His overall record stands at 228-171-2 (.571) and he's an impressive 113-54 (.677) against north division opponents with a pair of championships and three runner-up finishes.
The Trojans are coached by Travis Herger, now in his second season, who spent the previous eight seasons as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. NIACC won the Regional XI tournament, won the North Plains district title and placed fifth at the World Series in his initial season as head coach.
Southeastern Iowa finished 36-19 a year ago and is coached by Justin Schulte who's in his ninth season.
Live stats for Saturday's games can be found here: www.sidearmstats.com/northwestms/baseball.
Matt Ferguson Listed as a Top 200 JC Prospect by Perfect Game
February 4, 2014
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Perfect Game has unveiled an updated ranking of the Top 200 Prospects in this year's junior college draft class, and sophomore right-hander Matt Ferguson of Northwest has made the list.
A 6-foot-2, 195-pound product from Arlington, Tenn., Ferguson is listed at No. 198.
Ferguson went 7-2 with a 3.65 ERA and a pair of complete games in 13 appearances last season for the Rangers. In 55.2 innings of work, he struck out 36 against 25 walks while opponents hit .273 against him. He allowed two earned runs or less in six of 10 starts on his way to MACJC Second Team All-State honors.
Ferguson is a University of Memphis signee and chose the Tigers over interest from Alabama, Delta State, Mississippi State, Murray State, Ole Miss, Samford, South Alabama and Southern Miss.
Northwest had four players selected in last year's MLB First-Year Player Draft and is expected to have several more prospects in the mix again this year.
Perfect Game USA's Allan Simpson compiled this list. Learn more at www.perfectgame.org.
Don Edwards Grabs 400th Career Win at Northwest
February 4, 2014
BOONEVILLE – Northwest rallied from a 17-point second half deficit at Northeast Monday night to knock off the Lady Tigers 71-66 and give longtime head coach Don Edwards his 400th career victory.
Northwest won its third straight overall to improve to 11-5 overall and 5-3 in the north division, while Northeast dropped to 6-13 overall and 1-7 in the division. The Lady Rangers also swept the season series.
Trailing 42-27 at the break, Northwest shot 52 percent in the second half but didn't make its run until the game's final 10 minutes.
Down 60-45, the Lady Rangers ran off eight straight points after a steal by Tenesha Woods, ensuing layup from Carshava Sutton and back-to-back 3-pointers from Anna Rosenbaum and Woods.
Northeast was held scoreless for an 8:45 span as Northwest rallied for an 18-2 run to pull ahead 63-62.
Teresa Mays put the Lady Tigers back in front with 1:41 to play before Sutton's layup off Halle Knowles' ninth assist of the game put Northwest up for good. The Lady Rangers scored the game's final six points.
Sutton pumped in her third straight double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Northwest, followed by 14 from Woods and 13 points and nine assists from Knowles.
Northeast was paced by Antionette Riddle with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Northwest shot 46 percent for the game against 44 percent for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Rangers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Itawamba. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. in Fulton.
Live video at www.ustream.tv/channel/icc-basketball and live stats at sidearmstats.com/northwestms/wbball.