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ECCC Basketball Squads Fall at EMCC
 January 9, 2013

East Central Community College’s Lady Warriors were unable to maintain their halftime advantage and the Warriors are still looking for their first season win as the 2012-13 schedule resumed Tuesday night at rival East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.
EC’s women led 36-27 at the break but the Lady Lions rallied for a 67-60 decision in the non-division matchup.

Freshman Jakela Johnson poured in 18 points to lead the Lady Warriors, who dropped to 4-8 under first-year head coach Crandal Porter. Johnson, a 6-1 forward from West Jones, also led in rebounds with seven.

Also scoring were Xzandra Dowd of Neville (La.) High School in Monroe, 12; Taylor Brister of Lawrence County, nine; Tyneisa Mickens of Noxubee County, seven; Niya Hughes of Forest and Renisha Evans of Newton County, five each; and Nakia Miller of Louisville and Jaianah Matthew of Arkansas High School in Texarkana, two each.

Nockeye Qualls tallied 14 points to lead the EMCC women, who improved to 2-9 and avenged an earlier 49-41 loss to the Lady Warriors.

In the men’s contest, EC trailed throughout the non-division battle and fell 91-75.

Freshman Chris Rhoney pumped in 23 points to lead the Warriors, who are now 0-12 under seventh-year head coach Maurice Bowie. Rhoney is a 6-1 guard from West Lauderdale.

Other point makers were Jamere Eichelberger of Louisville and Aquill Baynard of Elsik High School in Houston, Texas, 12 each; TeJimion Leatherwood of Northridge (Ala.) High School, eight; Walter Evans of Hattiesburg and Bobby Wrench of Columbus, six each; and Tyler Anderson of Carver Military Academy and Jakaris Coleman of Forest Hill, four each. Baynard led in rebounds with eight.

Mack Foster scored 19 points to lead the Lions, who improved to 7-4 and swept the season series. EC fell 82-72 in early season action.

The Lions led 53-30 at the break.

EC squads travel to division foe Hinds Community College Monday, Jan. 14. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m. on the Utica campus.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors continue division play by hosting MS Gulf Coast Thursday, Jan. 17. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

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