From school reports



The Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College extended their January winning streak to five consecutive games with a 61-52 road victory over Mississippi Delta Community College Monday during MACJC North Division basketball action played at J.T. Hall Coliseum.  In the men’s nightcap, EMCC couldn’t dig out of a 19-point, second-half hole en route to dropping an 82-74 decision to the home-standing Trojans.

 Following a sluggish start for both teams in the women’s game, the visitors increased their five-point (12-7) lead after the first quarter to 27-18 heading into the halftime break.  Sophomore transfer Jordanna Morris provided the spark by coming off the EMCC bench with six points, six rebounds and three assists during the opening 20 minutes of action.

 After the Lady Trojans pulled to within six points (29-23) early in the second stanza, EMCC responded with 10 unanswered points to take a 16-point advantage by the 6:08 mark of the third quarter.  At the start of the final period, Delta again cut the deficit to six points (44-38) before the Lady Lions doubled their lead with six straight points.  The visitors then maintained control of the contest for the remaining 5:39 on the way to posting a fifth straight win while improving to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in division play.

Coach Sharon Thompson’s EMCC women were led by Tyeisha Juhan’s 21 points.  The reigning NJCAA Division I and MACJC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week also totaled nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Morris, a product of Northwest Rankin High School, registered a double-double off the bench with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with her 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.  Columbus’ Kayla Rogers contributed 11 points and six boards in the winning effort.

The East Mississippi basketball teams continue MACJC North Division road play by traveling to Fulton to take on the Indians of Itawamba Community College in a Thursday hoops twin bill.