No. 6 MCC women roll past Lawson St.
TAKE THAT Meridian Community College's Robert Ivy fires up a jumper in the Eagles' win over Lawson State on Tuesday night. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Robby Atkinson/Special To The Star
Dec. 5, 2001
The numbers don't lie and that was the case Tuesday night as the sixth-ranked Lady Eagles took an impressive 94-57 win over the Lady Cougars of Lawson St. on Tuesday night.
MCC is averaging 89 points per game and that can only bring smiles to any coach's face and especially MCC head man Hilary Allen. "We have scored a lot of points this season and this is such a great start on the year for us," Allen said. " It also felt great to play in front of the home crowd after a long road schedule," Allen added.
The MCC men also won on Tuesday, downing Lawson State 77-63.
The Lady Eagles didn't disappoint the home fans for one minute in cruising to the victory. Lawson did however start on a good note on a pair of three-pointers by Tiffany Ferguson to tie the game at 5-5 with lots of time remaining in the first half of action. On the next trip up the floor the Lady Cougars took their first lead of the night on a basket from Candice Witherspoon for a 9-7 lead with 17:18 left until the
half. Meridian put its offense in gear behind freshman Monique Horner as the Lady Eagles regained the lead after a couple of baskets by Horner.
Horner then added another basket after a great steal on defense to give the Lady Eagles a 14-9 advantage. The Lady Cougars came roaring back on a three-point field goal by Ferguson to trim the MCC lead to 14-12 with 14:52 left in the first half.
The Lady Eagles answered right back on a basket by Genice Terry to extend the lead to 16-12 followed by a huge three-pointer by Tijwana Collins to build the MCC lead to 19-12 with 13:17 left in the half.
After a timeout Lawson St. nailed a long three pointer from April Newton and make the score 19-15.
The Lady Eagles then went on a 10-0 scoring run led by eight points from Horner and give Meridian a very comfortable 35-17 lead with 6:15 remaining until halftime. Lawson St. finally silenced the run by MCC on a basket from Ferguson and make the score 35-19. The Lady Eagles cruised their way to a 48-34 lead at the end of the first half.
Felicia Washington led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 16 points and Cantea Brown followed with 15 points on the night for MCC.
Horner also added 12 in the win and Terry chipped in with 11 points for the Lady Eagles. Ferguson led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 27 points and Newton also had 14 points in the loss for Lawson St.
Meridian men 77
Lawson St. 63
Meridian used a lot of fireworks to upend Lawson State and improve to 7-5 on the young season with the 14-point win over the
The Eagles started off to a quick start with a 5-0 run behind a big
basket from Michael Monroe and give MCC an early edge. Lawson St. quickly answered however on a three-point field goal by Rardreus Addison and cut the lead to 5-3 with 16:01 left in the first half. The Cougars tied the game on their very next possession on a basket by Armad Rucker.
The Eagles answered right back on a shot by Sammie Cole and give the
Eagles the lead once again at 8-5. Lawson St. came right back up the floor
and tied the game once again on a three pointer by Addison and knot the
contest at 8-8 with 14:09 remaining until halftime. After several lead
changes the Eagles went on a tear and took a 23-12 lead behind a pair of
baskets from Cole. The Eagles put things into high gear with a mammoth slam dunk from Monroe as the Eagles went into the locker room with lots of momentum leading 35-23.
The Eagles were paced with with 19 points from Cole and Carroll had 15 points in the loss for Lawson State.
Meridian returns to action Thursday against Jones with tip-off set for 7 p.m. at the Ivy Sports Center.