Lady Bobcats fall in Region 23 Tournament to Co-Lin

JCJC Athletics Press Release

CLINTON – The season ended for the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats here Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the Region 23 Tournament.

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves took the lead for good with less than 13 minutes to play and defeated JCJC 63-58 in the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.

The Lady Bobcats were sluggish offensively, committing 23 turnovers along the way. They end the season at 19-8.

Co-Lin, 17-7, advances and will play Baton Rouge Community College (La.) at noon on Friday in a semifinal matchup. BRCC edged Meridian Community College, 80-79.

The Bobcat men's team will open tournament play at noon Thursday vs. Southwest Mississippi. That game will air on

Lady Wolves 63, Lady Bobcats 58

JCJC started off the game well and took a 13-9 lead with 13:00 left in the first half when Alyson Johnson scored. They extended the lead to 24-16 with 6:47 left when Caitlyn Spane hit a 3-pointer from the right wing.

The Lady Bobcats took their longest lead of the game at 32-23 with 1:45 left when Kadie Parker hit a 20-footer. But Co-Lin scored the final six points of the half and trailed 32-29 at intermission.

JCJC went ahead 42-38 with 13:48 to play when Crystal Clay made a free throw. But the Lady Wolves then went on a 9-0 run and would never trail again. Tyrisha Patterson's 18-footer with 12:40 showing gave Co-Lin the lead for good at 43-42. Another Patterson basket at 11:45 ended the 9-0 run and made it 47-42.

Co-Lin would take its longest lead of the game at 56-46 with 6:32 to play on another Patterson basket.

But JCJC went on an 8-0 run and cut the lead to 56-54 with 2:50 left when Chelsea Phillips scored. After Claresa Banks made two free throws for Co-Lin with 2:31 left,  JCJC's Kaylan Hughes scored to make it 58-56 with 2:13 to play.

Ashley Minor then scored for Co-Lin and Tyra Gibson added a free throw with 28.3 seconds left to make it 61-56. Hughes then made two free throws with 19.2 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 61-58.

But Co-Lin's Keyana Miller would hit two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to seal the game.

Hughes had another 'double-double' for Jones, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Johnson added 11 points. Spane had nine rebounds, while Latisha McCullum had three assists for the MACJC champion Lady Bobcats.

Banks had 15 points for Co-Lin, while Miller added 14 and Minor had 10.

Region 23 Tournament


Wednesday's game

Copiah-Lincoln 63, Jones County 58

COPIAH-LINCOLN (17-7) – Claresa Banks 15, Keyanna Miller 14, Ashley Minor 10, Tyrisha Patterson 9, Tyra Gibson 7, Kierra Collins 3, Caroline Lumpkin 3, Jessica Wilson 2.

JONES COUNTY (19-8) – Kaylan Hughes 23, Alyson Johnson 11, Crystal Clay 7, Kadie Parker 6, Caitlyn Spane 5, Chelsea Phillps 4, LaTisha McCullum 2, Precious Jefferson 0, Terrica Williams 0, Starla Daggans 0.

Copiah-Lincoln                    29 34 – 63

Jones County                                    32 26 – 58

At Mississippi College


A.E. Wood Coliseum


Wednesday's results

Copiah-Lincoln 63, Jones County 58

Baton Rouge CC (La.) 80, Meridian 79

Southwest vs. East Mississippi, (n)

LSU-Eunice vs. Pearl River, (n)

Friday's games

Co-Lin vs. Baton Rouge, noon

Southwest/East Mississippi winner vs. LSU-Eunice/Pearl River, 2 p.m.

Saturday's game

Championship, 6 p.m.