Lady Bobcats crush North No. 1 Northwest, 77-50February 26, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
POPLARVILLE – On paper, it did not appear the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats had much of a chance going into the MACJC State Tournament here at Pearl River Community College.
But they don’t play the games on paper.
The Lady Bobcats, the No. 4 seed out of the South Division, crushed the No. 1 seed from the North Division, Northwest Mississippi, 77-50 here Monday afternoon at Shivers Gymnasium.
The victory moves the Lady Bobcats, 12-9, into the semifinals against Northeast Mississippi at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Northeast, the North’s No. 3 team, surprised Mississippi Gulf Coast, the South’s No. 2 squad, 68-66 in overtime.
Northwest falls to 18-6 on the year.
In Monday’s other games, Co-Lin, the South’s No. 1 team, edged the No. 4 team from the North, Mississippi Delta, 67-63. Itawamba, the North’s No. 2 team, met Southwest Mississippi, the South’s No. 3 team, in the late game.
The men’s half of the tournament begins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday when JCJC, the South’s No. 2 team, battles Mississippi Delta, the North’s No. 3 squad, at 1 p.m.
All games involving JCJC in the tournament will be webcast on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Shawn Wansley on the call.
Lady Bobcats 77, Lady Rangers 50
Statistically, the game was just as lopsided as the final score.
The Lady Bobcats were 26-of-54 from the field, including 3-of-10 from 3-point range, for 48 percent. JCJC was 22-of-37 from the free throw line.
Northwest, meanwhile, was just 15-of-82 from the floor, including 5-of-28 from beyond the arc, for a measly 18.3 percent. The Lady Rangers were 15-of-20 from the free throw line.
JCJC outrebounded Northwest, 66-41. The only negative statistic was the fact JCJC was charged with 33 turnovers, compared to 16 for Northwest.
JCJC had three players with a ‘double-double.’
Caitlyn Spane had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Guard LaTisha McCullum had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Precious Jefferson had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kaylan Hughes came close – she had 18 points and nine rebounds. Zana Bridges added five points and Kiara Speed had four points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Bobcats appeared to get stronger and more confident as the game went along.
Northwest took its longest lead of the game at 19-14 with 6:54 left in the first half on a Shequana Sledge basket. The Lady Rangers were ahead 22-18 when Tiesha Tunstall hit two free throws with 5:14 remaining.
JCJC then closed the half on an 11-2 run capped by a McCullum basket with :03 showing and took a 29-24 halftime lead.
The Lady Rangers were within 31-29 early in the second half when JCJC went on a 13-2 run. A putback by Jefferson gave the Lady Bobcats a 44-31 lead with 14:00 remaining.
Northwest got within 46-41 with 10:43 left when Tunstall hit a 3-pointer.
But the Lady Bobcats then went on a 12-1 run and went ahead 58-42 with 5:11 to play when McCullum scored. JCJC outscored Northwest 17-8 the rest of the way.
Spane’s layup at the buzzer gave the Lady Bobcats its largest lead of the game.
Tunstall was the only Lady Ranger in double figures with 13 points. Monique Biggins led Northwest with nine rebounds.