Meridian Community College split a pair of games against East Mississippi Community College Thursday night. The Lady Eagles were able to pick up a big win, while the men fell to EMCC.
The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles picked up the 70-51 win Thursday night. The Lady Eagles got off to a quick start by jumping out to a 16-9 lead in the 1st quarter. Sophomore DeKeyia Cooley paced the Lady Eagles early on with some clutch free throws and stellar defensive effort. The Lady Eagles were able to stretch the lead to 31-23 heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Lady Eagles came out of the locker room and dominated the 3rd quarter of action. Clutch shooting and a great defensive effort allowed the Lady Eagles to stretch the lead to 50-36 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter saw much of the same as the Lady Eagles were able to get a couple of quick baskets to build the lead to 18 points. The Lady Eagles were able to cruise to the finish and pick up the win over their rivals.
Leading the team for the night was Cooley with 19 points and 8 rebounds. LaChrisha Williams added 13 points, and LaTonya Adams contributed 8 points and 15 rebounds.
With the win, the Lady Eagles improve to 6-4 on the season. The Lady Eagles will return to action on Thursday, January 10 against Southwest Mississippi Community College.
The Meridian Community College men’s team fell by the score of 80-68. The first half was full of back and forth action with neither team able to build a big lead. The Eagles trailed by 10 with two minutes left in the half but were able to finish the half on a 7-0 run to cut the score to 29-26.
The Eagles fell behind early in the second half and were never able to overcome the early deficit. The Eagles trailed by as much as 20 early in the half but were able to cut it to single digits late in the contest. The Lions of EMCC were able to hit some free throws late to put the game away.
Kylan Hamilton was the leading scorer on the night for the Eagles. He paced the team with 15 points. Talvyn Dean and Liban Abdi both added 9 points.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 4-4 on the season. The men will be back in action Monday, January 7 against Faith Prep. Tip-off in Graham Gymnasium will be at 6:30.