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Coahoma takes OT win over Meridian

By Staff
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE MCC's Monique Horner leaps through a ring of Cohoma defenders to get off a pass. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Jeff Byrd / staff writer
Nov. 14, 2002
Meridian Community College guard Jamal Edmondson made 16 shots from the field in Tuesday night's non-divisional tilt with visiting Coahoma. But the last shot as the buzzer sounded in overtime fell inches short.
Coahoma escaped with a thrilling 104-102 overtime decision against the MCC Eagles before a capacity crowd at the Ivy Sports Center.
The loss is MCC's first of the season after two wins. Coahoma improves to 2-2.
In the women's game, the MCC Lady Eagles rolled to a 112-55 rout in its season opener. Monique Horner, from Southeast Lauderdale, tossed in a game-high 33 points to lead Hilary Allen's team.
Coahoma Men 104
MCC Men 102
Edmondson and his Coahoma counterpart Tamarius Brown waged quite a scoring war in the second half and into overtime. But it was Brown who got a lot more help, namely from forwards Tracy Hughs and Byron Carter.
Carter scored six of his 14 points in overtime to help carry the Tigers over the top. His biggest basket came off a putback that put Coahoma up 103-00 with 25 seconds to go.
It would take the Eagles nearly 18 seconds before settling for an inside basket by Marcus Melvin made it 103-102. The Eagles then had to foul with 6.5 seconds left sending James Thomas to the line for a one-and-one. Thomas made the first for a 104-102 lead.
He missed the second which started MCC's last gasp try. A late pass found Edmondson who let if lfy but the shot was short..
Edmondson finished with a game-high 41 points including 21 in the second half and nine in overtime. It just wasn't enough.
MCC biggest lead of the game came at 76-69 with 6:25 to play following a three-pointer by Tavares Childs. Coahoma answered with a 7-point run to tie it at 76-all.
Down one at 88-87, Melvin had a two-shot foul to put the Eagles back ahead, but missed both. Carter then had a putback to make it 90-87. Edmondson then tied it at 90-90 with 25 seconds to go in regulation.
Kenny Boyd, MCC's 6-9 center had 15 points. Childs added 14 and Melvin had 11.
Brown ended with 30 points while Hughs had 25. Carter had 14 followed by Clarence White with 13 and Thomas added 10.
MCC Women 112
Coahoma 55
Horner scored 20 of her 33 points in the first half sending MCC out to a 56-25 lead by halftime.
Horner's three-pointer with 5:05 left made it 94-41 and it only got worse for the visiting Lady Tigers from there.
Coahoma falls to 0-3 while MCC goes 1-0.
Horner was pleased with her transition from point guard to the two-guard.
Horner had four, three-pointers and 13 total field goals. She also had nine assists. Chelse Alford chipped in 15 while Meridian freshman Stephanie Mosley had 13.
Silvo Harris added 12 followed by Carmelita Naylor had 10. Three other players including West Lauderdale grad JaWanda Huggins had eight apiece.
Genita Brown led Coahoma with 17 points