The homecourt was no friendlier to the East Central Community College basketball teams as the Lady Warriors and Warriors were swept by their rivals from East Mississippi for the second time this season in non-division action Thursday, Dec. 5, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur.
The EMCC Lady Lions won the opener 67-43, while the Lions beat the Warriors 90-77 in the men’s game.
In the women’s matchup, took a 29-26 lead into the locker room. The Lady Warriors led by as many as a dozen in the first two periods.
EMCC didn’t get its first lead until midway through the third period, and then blew the game open. The Lady Warriors managed only two points in the third period and were outscored 41-14 in the second half in the 67-43 loss.
Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) scored 17 points to lead the Lady Warriors for the fourth straight contest. She was the only East Central player in double figures.
In the men’s game, East Mississippi led from start to finish in picking up the 13-point win.
Sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith (Noxubee County) led East Central with 24 points, including 12 of 16 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence) scored 22 and hit four three-point shots. East Central hit 12 threes in the loss.