The Lady Bobcats led 44-37 at halftime, outscored Southwest 51-36 in the second half and cruised to a 95-73 decision. In the men’s game, JCJC led only 32-29 at intermission, outscored the Bears 54-37 in the second half and rolled to an 86-66 victory.
The Lady Bobcats improved to 11-4 overall, 3-1 in South Division play. Meanwhile, the JCJC men’s team upped its record to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the division.
JCJC will return home on Tuesday, Jan. 20, to face the Hinds Community College Eagles. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m. Fans can view the games by webcast at www.jcjc.edu with Lance Pittman on the play-by-play and Mark Easley doing color commentary.
Lady Bobcats 95, Lady Bears 73
Even though the temperature was cold on the outside, the Lady Bobcats were hot inside. Jones shot a blistering 54.1 percent from the floor on the evening.
Southwest led 12-10 just over seven minutes before Jones took control. A Consuela Tucker basket with 9:25 left in the half capped a 12-0 run and put the Lady Bobcats up 22-10.
JCJC continued the pressure and took its longest lead of the half at 37-22 with 3:20 left when Ashley Lee made a free throw. The Lady Bobcats took a 44-31 lead with 1:08 showing when Demara Bolton made a layup, but Southwest outscored Jones 6-0 the rest of the half to trim the lead to seven points.
However, that’s as close as the hosts would get.
TeAnna Carter drilled a 3-pointer to start the second half and JCJC never looked back. Leading 70-56 midway through the final half, the Lady Bobcats went on an 8-0 run, which ended when Lee made a layup at the 7:22 mark to make it 78-56.
Jones took its longest lead of the night at 92-65 with 2:18 remaining when Erica Moore made a 3-pointer from the left corner.
Lee, a freshman from Taylorsville, led Jones with 22 points. Bolton, a Perry Central sophomore, added 15 points, while Tucker, a Northeast Jones sophomore, added 11. Moore finished with 10. Jackson Jim Hill freshman Brigit Taylor had 10 rebounds to go with her seven points. Brittany Leverett had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Octavia Bearden had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Bears, 6-6 and 0-3. Latonia Anthony had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Bobcats 86, Bears 66
Jones used the 3-point shot to smother the Bears in the second half.
The Bobcats made 12-of-26 pointers on the evening, with 11 of those succesful treys coming in the second half.
The game started off closely.
The Bobcats took an 11-4 lead with 15:04 to go in the first half when Trenton Marshall scored. But Southwest went on a 17-4 run to take a 21-15 lead with 8:51 left in the half when Tyson Roach hit a 3-pointer.
The Bears led 25-24 with less than four minutes to play in the half, but the Bobcats – keyed by two offensive rebound putbacks and a pair of free throws by Lakendrick McCullum – rallied to take a 32-29 halftime lead.
Southwest went up 36-35 with 17:33 remaining in the game when Otis Smith made two free throws.
But Marshall and Brian Singleton made consecutive 3-pointers to give Jones the lead for good at 41-36. The Bobcats went up 51-39 with 13:56 remaining when Will Poole hit a 3-pointer.
The Bears responded with an 11-3 run and pulled to within 54-50 with 10:30 left when Chad Jones slammed home a dunk. Southwest was down 58-52 with just over nine minutes to play when the Bobcats scored 12 straight points – punctuated by a Marshall 3-pointer – to make it 70-52 with 6:25 remaining.
The Bobcats would eventually take their longest lead of the evening at 83-57 with 3:20 to play when Kendrick McDonald made a free throw.
Marshall, a Garyville, La., sophomore and the current NJCAA Men’s Division I Player of the Week, led Jones with 22 points. Poole, a sophomore from Batesville and an Ole Miss transfer, had 18 points. Singleton, a sophomore from Ama, La., had 12 points and six assists, while Wayne County freshman Todd McDonald added 10 points. Todd McDonald, Kendrick McDonald and Lakendrick McCullum each had six rebounds.
Paul Hilliard had 15 points to lead the Bears, 1-12 and 0-3. Jones added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Southwest travels to Pearl River on Monday.
Jones County 95, Southwest 73
JONES COUNTY (11-4, 3-1) – Ashley Lee 22, Demara Bolton 15, Consuela Tucker 11, Erica Moore 10, TeAnna Carter 9, Brittany Leverett 9, Brigit Taylor 7, Dominique Evans 6, Jordyn Meranto 4, Nikki Graham 2, Deanna Booth 0, Shasta Mills 0.
SOUTHWEST (6-6, 0-3) – Octavia Bearden 26, LaTonia Anthony 11, Alisha Rayborn 9, Ta’Keya Felder 7, Desiree Dotey 4, Crystal Thompson 4, Tessa Trippi 4, Ivielle Stewart 4, Hailey Cumberland 3, Carishian Patterson 1.
Jones County 44 51 – 95
Southwest 37 36 – 73
Jones County 86, Southwest 66
JONES COUNTY (13-2, 4-0) – Trenton Marshall 22, Will Poole 18, Brian Singleton 12, Todd McDonald 10, Lakendrick McCullum 8, Brandon Wilson 7, Renell Collins 3, Kendrick McDonald 3, Corey Breland 3, Danny Bolton 0, Tim McCullum 0, Jeffrey Page 0.
SOUTHWEST (1-11, 0-3) – Jonathan Hardy 8, Chad Jones 12, Tyson Roach 5, Derrick Harris 3, Otis Smith 4, Henry Washington 4, Winston Edwards 8, Paul Hilliard 15, Austin Holloway 7, Rashard Newton 0.
Jones County 32 54 – 86
Southwest 29 37 – 66