Tigers Send Out Sophomores with Victories in Front of Home Crowd
CLARKSDALE — Thursday night was sophomore night at Coahoma Community College, and the Tigers and Lady Tigers sent theirs out on a winning note picking up two victories over visiting Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Sophomores honored were the Lady Tiger’s Krystal Pearson (Cleveland, OH), Azande Collier (Jackson, MS), Antoinette Mayfield (Vicksburg, MS) and Manager Brandon Amerson; for the Tigers AlDarion Alexander (Clinton, MS), Markevious Brown (Mound Bayou, MS), Billy Jackson (Tunica, MS), Darcee Carson (Cleveland, MS) and Xavier Graves (Bassfield, MS).
The Lady Tigers kicked off the evening picking up their first MACJC North Division win of the season led by Ariel Jones (Canton, MS) who connected 10-of-14 shots from the field. Jones turned in a double-double performance scoring 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Gabrielle Gilbert (Pine Bluff, AR) added 15 points and five rebounds in the winning effort with Ashley Smith (Falcon, MS) and Amber Sisk (Oxford, MS) chipping in seven and six points respectively.
“They played hard tonight, it’s been a tough season for us but these ladies have put a great effort all year long,” said Head Women’s Coach Lecole Brooks. “They’ve showed flashes of brilliance all season long but we haven’t quite been able to put it all together. These girls don’t realize how talented they actually are. If they would just follow our game plan and play together we could have success, and we did that well tonight and picked up a win.”
TIGERS 79, NEMCC 60
The Coahoma men dominated the majority of the game against Northeast in the night’s second contest earning their fourth consecutive MACJC North Division victory to improve to 7-4 in the conference.
Thursday’s win was a team effort led by Carson who also turned in a double-double dropping 16 points and pulling down 14 rebounds in the win. Jackson led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points and Graves added 12 points connecting on 5-of-6 shots from the floor.
“This could have very easily become one of those games where we took our opponent for granted because we had already beaten them (on the road) and their win-loss record isn’t that good, but we challenged (our team) during the last few days of practice and they know that we are playing for something,” said Head Coach Ira Peterson. “We have a goal that we are plying towards and this was a really good confidence builder for us. It allowed us to work on some things that we needed to work on and prepare ourselves for further down the road.”
The Tigers are riding a hot streak currently and have turned their season around during the second-half of their schedule. They have won seven of their last nine games (all in the conference) and have secured a MACJC postseason berth.
“It took us a while to learn each other. We came from a team last year that was very, very talented and we made it to the playoffs with a great group of guys and we started off pretty fresh this year,” said Peterson. “We only returned two starters, and we had to find ourselves. These guys have continued to work (hard) even when the wins weren’t coming. There were a lot of games we lost where we held the final decision in our own hands, where we didn’t block out, or we didn’t hit our free throws, and that told me we had a chance of being pretty good.
“We just had to continue to grind, these kids have really bought in and they always play really hard, and that’s half the battle right there.”
The Tigers and Lady Tigers will get a break from conference play Monday (Feb. 17) when they travel to Baton Rogue for a makeup game, before returning to MACJC action Thursday night on the road at East Mississippi in Scooba, MS.
Lady Tigers Scoring Summary
Tigers Scoring Summary