Thursday night in Poplarville, Pearl River Community College will host Jones County Junior College in the first "catfight" of the year.
The Wildcats (9-3) and Bobcats (7-3) split the meetings between the two sides in 2015, but PRCC got the last laugh as the Wildcats won the state championship. Something JCJC head coach Rahim Lockhart said his team wants when speaking about the matchup. "Both of us have some pretty good talent. It goes without saying they are the state defending champions. We have a lot of guy who want to be where they were last year and we want to be there this year so it's going to be very interesting."
In 2015, Jones County won the regular season game in Ellisville, while Pearl River won the game played in Poplarville. The Wildcats say they are ready for the hype of the game and prepared to protect their home court. "I expect them (JCJC) to play hard, but all of the pressure is on them," said PRCC sophomore guard Cortez Mitchell. "Last year they came here, and we (PRCC) beat them pretty good. I just think with the sophomores, we know what to do. We know how to come out and get a W."
Fellow sophomore guard for Pearl River William Brown said the team has felt the excitement for Thursday's game building up throughout the week. "It's just been crazy around the school. Everybody's been running up to us asking us about the game and if we're going to win and all of that, but we told them they aren't going to have any worries."
Thursday's game begin at 5:30 pm in Poplarville as the Pearl River women host Jones County followed by the men's game at 7:30.