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ECCC Lady Warriors Win Third Straight After Beating Hinds
 February 8, 2013

Jaianah Matthew pumped in 17 points to lead East Central Community College’s Lady Warriors to a 68-51 thumping of Hinds Community College Thursday night in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus.

With the win, EC improves to 7-12 overall but more importantly evened its record to 4-4 in the MACJC South Division. The Lady Warriors have now reeled off three consecutive division victories under first-year head coach Crandal Porter.

Matthew, a 5-8 sophomore guard from Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Ark., also pulled down four rebounds and was credited with four assists.

Also scoring in double figures were Xzandra Dowd and Jakela Johnson. Dowd, a 5-8 sophomore guard from Neville (La.) High School, tallied 12 points with seven rebounds and two assists. Johnson, a 6-1 sophomore forward from West Jones, had 11 points. She was also credited with seven rebounds.

Other scorers were Niya Hughes of Forest, nine; Reneisha Evans of Newton County, six; Nakia Miller of Louisville, five; Ellen Black of Scott Central, four; Taylor Brister of Lawrence County, three; and Tyler Hearn of West Jones, one.

Hinds was led by Shelley Griffith’s 15 points.

EC held a 40-24 advantage at halftime.

In the men’s contest, EC was outscored by an 84-77 margin.

Bobby Wrench tallied 19 points to lead the Warriors, who dropped to 1-18 overall and 1-7 in division play under seventh-year head coach Maurice Bowie. Wrench is a 6-5 sophomore guard from Columbus.

Also scoring in double figures were Aquill Baynard, 16; and Chris Rhoney and Walter Evans, 15 each. Baynard, a 6-8 sophomore forward from Elisk High School in Houston, Tex., also grabbed seven rebounds and had one assist. Rhoney, a 6-1, freshman guard from West Lauderdale, grabbed four rebounds and had three assists. Evans, a 6-3 freshman forward from Hattiesburg, led in rebounds with nine and had one assist.

Other point makers wer Randy Collier of South Leake, six; Jamere Eichelberger of Louisville, four; and TeJiminiion Leatherwood of Northridge (Ala.) High School, two.

Dominique Brown led Hinds with 24 points.

EC trailed 38-34 at the break.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors travel to MS Gulf Coast Community College Monday, Feb. 11. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m. on the Perkinston campus.

EC squads host Southwest MS Community College Thursday, Feb. 14. Women’s action begins at 6 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood.

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