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Thursday

MCC Basketball Splits Home Set With Gulf Coast



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College basketball squads returned to the Graham Gymnasium on Thursday night to open a three-game home set against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Lady Eagles were able to prevail in their scheduled contest against Gulf Coast by a final of 71-59, while the MCC men dropped a tough 90-83 decision at the hands of the Bulldogs. The MCC women improved to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play with the victory, while the MCC men dropped to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in league play. MCC will return to action this Monday night with a home doubleheader against Hinds Community College at the Graham Gymnasium. The women will take to the floor at 5:30 p.m. and the men will follow with their scheduled game at 7:30 p.m.

The MCC women never trailed in its South Division showdown with Gulf Coast on Thursday night at the Graham Gymnasium and came away with a 71-59 victory. The win for the Lady Eagles also steered the ship back in the right direction by snapping a three-game losing streak. Freshman Mary Maxwell and Sophomore Rashonae Rice each led the way in scoring for the Lady Eagles with 12 points apiece. Former Meridian High star Kashari Gordon also chipped in with 10 points and Halethe Jones added nine points off the bench for MCC.

The MCC men fought hard in the closing two minutes of action in the final game of the night against Gulf Coast, but fell short by a final of 90-83. Sophomore DJ Mitchell led MCC in scoring with 24 points, while former Southeast Lauderdale stare Johnny Knox poured in 20 points in the seven-point loss for the Eagles.

Tuesday

MCC Led By National Leaders And School Records



Birmingham, AL – MCC was back on the track last Saturday at the UAB Vulcan Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex, where both teams posted school records and national leaders in their second meet of the 2017 campaign.
“We had a great meet at UAB and saw a lot of improvement from last week at LSU,” said Head Coach Chip Gayden.  “On both sides we wanted to see some strong performances and we had that.  It is our job now to continue on improving so we are ready to go when the championship season starts.”
MCC was led on the men’s side by Tim Hoodlebrink and Kobey Hill in the 800 meters who posted second place and fourth place finishes in the event with times of 1:55.35 and 1:57.96 to qualify for the NJCAA National Championships.  Hoodlebrink’s time was good enough for the  top time in the NJCAA and was .22 off the school record set by Saeed Basweidan in 1996.
In the 400 meters, James Burnett showed a strong performance in his season opener in the event with a fourth place finish in a time of 48.32.  Burnett’s time was good enough to place him fourth in the NJCAA and to also break the school record set by Dontarian Evans in 2016.
The men’s team also saw success in the 200 meters with Devarius Turner finishing 11th in the event with a time of 22.08.  In the 3000 meters, Rogelio Araiza and Micah Britton posted sixth and seventh place finishes with times of 9:01.24 and 9:02.00.
MCC would qualify two relays for the NJCAA National Championships as the 4x400m relay team of Andre Burrell, Rogay Granston, James Burnett and Kobey Hill would go on to finish sixth in the event with a time of 3:18.24.  The 4x400m relay team currently ranks fifth in the NJCAA.  MCC would also qualify to defend their 4x800m national championship with a composite time of 7:56.00.
The women’s team was led by Ashley Henderson in the 200 meters.  Henderson, making here season debut in the event, picked up right where she left off last season after finishing second in the event indoors.  Henderson posted a personal best 24.17 to win the event over a studded field that included several professionals.  Henderson’s time was good enough to rank her first in the NJCAA in the event and also break her school record in the event. 
After two meets this season, MCC’s men’s squad has qualified five individuals for the NJCAA National Championships to go along with three relays.  The men’s team currently has 11 individuals ranked in the top 15 of their events and all three relays are ranked in the top five.  On the women’s side, MCC has qualified two individuals for the NJCAA National Championships
Next up for MCC is the KMS Invitational on Sunday, January 29th at the Birmingham Crossplex.

Thursday

MCC Lady Eagles Fall to EMCC



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles squared off with rival East Mississippi Community College on the basketball hardwood Thursday night in the Graham Gymnasium looking to extend its current five-game winning streak. The game between the two schools came right down to the wire and the Lady Lions were able to escape with a 61-59 victory over MCC. The Lady Eagles dropped its overall record to 7-3 after the two-point setback, while the Lady Lions improved to 6-3 overall for the season. The MCC Lady Eagles will return to action next Thursday night with a MACJC South Division road trip to Decatur to play the Lady Warriors of East Central Community College beginning at 5:30 p.m. East Mississippi will return to the court next Tuesday with a home doubleheader against East Central beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Freshman Qiayon Bailey led the Lady Eagles in scoring on Thursday night with 15 points, while Andriel Moss scored nine points off the bench for Meridian. Rokila Wallace chipped in with eight points in the loss, while Halethe Jones finished the game with seven points. Ty Juhan led East Mississippi in scoring with 21 points and Anissia May followed with 14 in the winning effort for the Lady Lions.

MCC Basketball Sweeps Past Faulkner State



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College basketball squads closed out the fall semester by playing host to Faulkner State Community College on Thursday night at the Graham Gymnasium. MCC came away with a doubleheader sweep on Thursday night as the Lady Eagles secured a 63-56 win, while the MCC men rolled past the Sun Chiefs by a final count of 91-75. The MCC women improved to 7-2 overall and the MCC men improved to 2-6 overall for the 2016-2017 regular season.

MCC will take a long break for the holidays and will return to action on January 5 against East Mississippi Community College at the Graham Gymnasium. The MCC women will take on the Lady Lions at 5:30 that evening, while the MCC men will battle the Lions at 7:30.

The Lady Eagles secured its fifth straight win on Thursday night in impressive fashion by taking a 63-56 win over Faulkner State. MCC led 32-21 at the halftime break and never trailed in the second half to notch the home victory. Freshman Qiayon Bailey led the way in scoring for MCC with 11 points and Jatiah Lathan added seven points off the bench in the victory. Former Meridian High star Kashari Gordon and Rokila Wallace each chipped in with six points apiece for the Lady Eagles.

The MCC men completed the sweep of Faulkner State in the final game of the night by also taking an impressive 91-75 victory. Sophomore Ashton Pierce led the MCC charge on the offensive side with 22 points and sophomore DJ Mitchell also poured in 21 points to help pace the Eagles. Former Southeast Lauderdale product Johnny Knox also had a solid night with 10 points and Mike Woodard added nine points in the winning effort.

Monday

MCC Basketball Rolls Past Taylormade Academy



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College men’s basketball team collected its first victory of the 2016-2017 victory on Monday at the Graham Gymnasium as the Eagles rolled right past Taylormade Academy by a final score of 110-67. The victory also marked the first win for first-year head coach James Green at Meridian Community College as the Eagles had four players score in double figures.

Former Hattiesburg High School star Mike Woodard led the way in the scoring department for the Eagles with 29 points and 21 of those points came from three-point range for the sophomore sensation. Former Southeast Lauderdale product Johnny Knox poured in 14 points to help lead the charge, while DJ Mitchell had a solid scoring night for the Eagles and finished with 17 points. Freshman Zachary Scales also had a great night for the home team and tallied 10 points in the first win of the season for the Eagles.

MCC basketball will return to action Thursday night with a home doubleheader against Faulkner State Community College. The MCC women will take to the floor at 5:30 p.m. and the MCC men will play its scheduled game at 7:30 p.m. at the Graham Gymnasium.