JCJC basketball teams advance to sweet 16

JCJC basketball teams advance to sweet 16

Hutchinson, KS - Both Jones County Junior College basketball teams are headed to the sweet 16 of the NJCAA championships.

The No. 9 JCJC men's team defeated 24-seed Caldwell Tech 106-78 on Monday afternoon.

Bobcats sophomore and Bay Springs alum Bruce Stevens led JCJC with 24 points. Laurel High grad Rickey Holden added 15 points for Jones County.

District 15 coach of the year Rahim Lockhart and his Bobcats (29-1) face No. 8 seed Northwest Florida on Tuesday at 4:30.

In their first appearance in the national tournament, the Lady Bobcats showed no signs of inexperience.

Receiving the District O Coach of the year plaque on Sunday night, head coach Missy Bilderback led No. 13 JCJC past Western Nebraska 64-42 to advance to the second round in Lubbock, Texas.

Freshman Alexis Tolefree led the Lady Bobcats with 16 points while Heidelberg High's Nique Cherry added 12 points.

Jones County limited Western Nebraska to 25 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers.

The Lady Bobcats (29-1) face arguably their toughest challenge of the season on Wednesday at 1:00 when they meet No. 4 seed Hutchinson (33-1).