Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ECCC’s Lady Warriors Clinch MACJC South Division Title at Pearl River

The No. 24 nationally ranked East Central Community College Lady Warriors took the MACJC South Division title with a 90-84 overtime basketball win over the Pearl River Lady Wildcats Monday, Feb. 15, in Poplarville.

The victory over Pearl River was the 15th straight win for the Lady Warriors. The Lady Warriors improved their overall record to 20-2 and 12-1 in the MACJC South Division.

Three Lady Warriors put up double figure performances. Sophomore guard Kalybriah Haskin out of Olympian High School, Chula Vista, Calif., led all scorers with 33 points. Haskin also had three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Also in double-digits were Lady Warriors sophomore Samantha Duncan from Oak Grove High School with 17 points and sophomore Johnta’ Hughes out of Hattiesburg High School with 14 points.

Coach Crandal Porter’s team held a 25-18 lead over the Lady Wildcats at the end of the first quarter, but going into overtime the score was tied at 81. The game was tied six times.

The East Central men fell to 13-9 after losing to Pearl Rivers’ Wildcats 68-58 in the second game. The Warriors still have a chance to compete in the MACJC State Tournament with a win over Southwest Mississippi Community College on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. The women’s action begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men will play at 7:30 p.m.

Sophomore center Randy Phillips out of Lanier High School led the Warriors in scoring with 17 points, three blocks and a steal. Also in the double-digits was sophomore Derrick Dandridge out of White Station High School, Memphis, Tenn., with 10 points.

Thursday night’s games against Southwest will be sophomore night and honor the graduating players from both women’s and men’s teams.

The MACJC State Tournament will be held at Itawamba Community College, Feb. 22-25.

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