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ECCC Lady Warriors Cruise Past PRC in Division Opener; Warriors Fall
 December 4, 2012

Jaianah Matthew poured in 20 points and Tyneisa Mickens added 18 to lead East Central Community College’s women’s basketball team to an easy 67-41 win over Pearl River Community College Monday night in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus.

With the victory, the Lady Warriors improved to 3-5 overall and more importantly 1-0 in the MACJC South Division under first-year head coach Crandal Porter.

Matthew is a 5-8 sophomore guard from Arkansas High School in Texarkana, AR, and Mickens is a 5-9 freshman guard from Noxubee County High School.

Other scorers were Xzandra Dowd of Neville (La.) High School, 11; Jakela Johnson of West Jones, nine; Niya Hughes of Forest, seven; and Chelsea Campbell of Forest and Renishsa Evans of Newton County, one each. Dowd led in rebounds with 13.

Daiquare Raine of Poplarville tallied nine points to the lead the Lady Wildcats, who fell to 3-5 and 1-1 under head coach Toby Bush, a former EC assistant coach.

The Lady Warriors held a 36-24 advantage at the break.

In the men’s contest, EC is still looking for its first win in nine starts under seventh year head coach Maurice Bowie after falling 81-66 to the Wildcats.

Aquill Baynard, a 6-8 sophomore forward and product of Elsik High School in Houston, TX, led EC with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Other point makers were Hakeem Wesley of Newton County, 15; Akeem Toppin of Columbus, 14; Walter Evans of Hattiesburg, seven; Chris Rhoney of West Lauderdale and Johnny Thompson of Meridian, three each; and TeJiminon Leatherwood of Northridge (Ala.) High School, Bobby Wrench of Columbus and Tyler Anderson of Carver Military Academy in Chicago, two each.

Kaven Bernard pumped in 17 points to lead the Wildcats, who improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.

EC trailed 38-32 at halftime.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors take a break from division play to host longtime rival East Mississippi Community College Thursday, Dec. 6. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood.

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