Lady Warriors win fourth straight against MGCCC


The East Central Community College Lady Warriors avenged one of their three losses this season with a hard-fought 76-72 win over the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Lady Bulldogs in basketball action Thursday, Jan. 31, at Brackeen-Wood Gym on the ECCC campus in Decatur. In the men’s action, the Gulf Coast Bulldogs pulled out a 72-65 win over the Warriors.

The women’s game was close throughout as the Lady Warriors looked to avenge a 78-69 road loss to Gulf Coast back on Dec. 3. The two teams scored the same number of points in three of the four periods played, with East Central winning the second period 19-15 for the difference in the game.

Sophomore forward Whitney Waters of Heidelberg came up with two big three-pointers late in the fourth period to help the Lady Warriors hold off the Lady Bulldogs. ECCC forced 24 Gulf Coast turnovers in the contest.

East Central got balanced scoring, with four players in double figures led by 19 points from freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville. Waters added 12 points, while sophomore forwards Diamond Wraggs of Louisville and Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) had 10 each. Turner also had six rebounds to lead the team.

It was the fourth straight win for the ECCC Lady Warriors to improve to 14-3 overall and 5-3 in MACJC South Division play and move into a tie for second place in the standings. The Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs fell to 8-7 and 4-4.

The ECCC Warriors dropped their second game of the season to Gulf Coast after falling 78-69 in Perkinston back in December.

The Bulldogs led most of the game before East Central took a 38-37 lead seven minutes into the second half. However, an 11-4 run by Gulf Coast put the Bulldogs back on top to stay.

Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton had another big night for East Central pouring in 27 points and pulling down 12 rebounds after his 31-point, 10-rebound effort Jan. 28 in a win over Southwest. Ware also had three assists and a pair of steals. Freshman guard Devin Carter out of Pearl was the only other Warrior in double figures with 11 points.

One streak ends, another

continues as ECCC sweeps SW

The East Central Community College men’s basketball team finally put an end to a five-game losing streak, while the ECCC women extended their winning streak to three games as the Warriors and Lady Warriors swept the visitors from Southwest Mississippi Community College in action Monday, Jan. 28, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur.

The ECCC Warriors overcame a late Southwest Bear rally to grab an 84-81 MACJC South Division win in the men’s game. The Lady Warriors would score eight of the final 11 points of the contest to defeat the Southwest Lady Bears 76-69.

The Warriors broke open a close game to lead by as many as 14 points midway through the second half before a Southwest rally got the Bears to within three points at the final buzzer. Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton came up big for the Warriors with a game-high 31 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Freshman guard Devin Carter of Pearl had 15 points, freshman forward Marcus Bates (Tuscaloosa, Ala., Paul Bryant) had 12, and freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) added 10 points and four steals.

The win improved East Central to 8-8 overall and 1-6 in division play. It was the Warriors first win since back on Jan. 8. Southwest fell to 10-6 and 2-5.

In the women’s action, East Central led the entire first half and took a 38-33 lead into the locker room at the half. An 11-1 run by Southwest in the third period briefly gave the Lady Bears the lead, but a 10-0 run by the Lady Warriors helped East Central regain the lead for good.

Freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville had the hot hand for East Central, scoring 22 points while hitting seven of nine shots from the floor and seven of eight free throws. Sophomore forward Whitney Waters of Heidelberg added 15 for the Lady Warriors while freshman forward/guard KeiMoya Walker (Jackson, Murrah) had 10. Freshman forward/center Kimberly Green (Greenwood, Amanda Elzy) led East Central with six rebounds.


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