SELMA, Ala. – Meeting on the hardwood for the second time in 11 days, Thursday's hoops rematch between East Mississippi Community College and Wallace Community College Selma resulted in another doubleheader split. The EMCC women breezed to a 72-43 road win this time around, while the Lions dropped an 82-60 decision in the nightcap.
Less than two weeks ago (Nov. 7) in Scooba, the EMCC women prevailed, 79-47, while the Lions fell by a single point, 82-81. Both of EMCC's losses on the men's side this season have come against Wallace-Selma.
In the women's rematch, EMCC extended a 30-26 halftime lead by outscoring the Patriots, 25-8, and holding them to without a made field goal during the third quarter. A low-scoring (17-9) fourth quarter gave the Lions the easy 29-point triumph.
In snapping a two-game losing skid, head coach Sharon Thompson's 4-2 EMCC women's squad received a combined 45 points from sophomore Quantesha Patterson and freshman Tyeisha Juhan. Patterson, a product of East Webster High School, registered her fourth double-double of the year and 17th of her EMCC career with 25 points and 12 rebounds to go along with six steals, three assists and two blocks. Juhan, from Jonesboro, Ga., followed with 20 points, including 16 in the second half on perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field. She also had four steals in addition to posting her fifth 20-point outing of the young season.
Falling to 1-6 on the year, the Wallace-Selma women were led by Kierra Davis' 15 points.
During the men's nightcap, the hot-shooting Patriots knocked down nine 3-pointers in the opening half to jump out to a 49-39 halftime advantage. After scoring the first six points of the second stanza, Wallace-Selma coasted to the 22-point victory.
For the 3-2 Lions, reigning MACJC Player of the Week David McFarland led the way with 23 points, including four first-half 3-pointers, along with pulling down a team-high nine rebounds. Starkville's Keith Harris added a dozen points and eight boards for the visitors.
Improving to 6-1 for the season, the home-standing Patriots had four players score in double figures. While shooting 53 percent (28-53 FGs) from the field for the game, including 12-of-23 (52%) from beyond the three-point arc, Wallace-Selma was paced by LaByron Harris' 20 points. Zavieun Jackson and Jalyn Richardson followed with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Coach Billy Begley's EMCC men's squad plays host to Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Monday night in a 6 p.m. contest at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. Home doubleheader action then returns to the Scooba campus the following Monday (Nov. 28) after the Thanksgiving holiday break, as the EMCC women will take on Lawson State Community College in a 5:30 p.m. game followed by the men entertaining Tennessee Prep Academy at 7:30 p.m.