Courtesy: JCJC Sports Information Director
FULTON – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats did not score for over four minutes at the start of their MACJC Tournament quarterfinal game vs. Northwest Mississippi.
But they more than made up for it over the game's final 36 minutes.
The Lady Bobcats whipped the Lady Rangers 91-62 here Tuesday night at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College.
JCJC, 17-7, will now meet Pearl River at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in a semifinal game. Pearl River defeated host Itawamba 63-53 in the opening round, as all four teams from the South Division triumphed on the day.
In Tuesday's other women's games, Meridian outlasted Mississippi Delta 85-77 in overtime and South No. 4 seed Southwest surprised North top seed East Mississippi, 66-61. Southwest will face Meridian at 1 p.m. in the other semifinal game.
In the men's semifinals on Wednesday, 19th-ranked JCJC faces East Mississippi at 3 p.m. and host Itawamba battles Mississippi Gulf Coast at 8 p.m.
The championship games are slated for Thursday.
All games involving JCJC teams are webcast on www.jcjc.tv.
Lady Bobcats 91, Lady Rangers 62
Once again, the Lady Bobcats utilized the inside "double-double" tandem of Caitlyn Spane and Kaylan Hughes. Spane scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Hughes had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Alyson Johnson finished with 16 points and six rebounds, while Starla Daggans and Latisha McCullum each had 10 points. Johnson led the way with four assists and Daggans had five steals.
At halftime, each team had 22 rebounds. But JCJC outrebounded Northwest by a whopping, 36-9 margin in the second half and ended the game with a 58-31 edge on the boards.
JCJC trailed 16-11 after Northwest's Anna Rosenbaum banked in a 3-pointer with 11:18 left in the first half. Trailing 22-20, the Lady Bobcats then went on an 11-0 run to take control of the game. Johnson's 3-pointer from the right corner gave JCJC the lead for good at 25-22 and Spane's basket at 5:04 ended the run, giving them a 31-22 lead.
Northwest cut the lead to 37-32 at halftime.
JCJC scored the first six points of the second half and took a 45-34 lead with 18:04 left when Daggans scored. The Lady Rangers would not get within double digits after that.
The Lady Bobcats ran the lead to 66-42 with 10:44 to play when Crystal Clay scored off a putback. Spane's bucket with 5:58 left gave JCJC an 81-54 lead.
JCJC's longest lead was 29 points on two occasions – the final one being at the end of the game.
The Lady Bobcats were 34-of-84 from the floor, including 4-of-11 from 3-point range, for 40.5 percent. They were 19-of-26 from the foul line.
JCJC committed 19 turnovers, compared to 27 for Northwest.
Halle Knowles led Northwest with 25 points, including a 15-of-18 effort from the free throw line. Carshava Sutton added 13 points.
The Lady Rangers were 20-of-54 from the field, including 2-of-11 from 3-point range, for 37 percent. They were 20-of-25 from the free throw line.
Northwest ends the season at 12-9.