PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast's push to make its first MACJC Tournament since 2012-13 has a stern test Monday when No. 4 Jones visits the Weathers-Wentzell Center on Sophomore Night.
The Lady Bulldogs have won four straight games and are tied for second in the South Division with Copiah-Lincoln, with Pearl River and East Central a game behind. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot outright is a combination of two MGCCC victories and losses by either PRCC or ECCC.
Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with ceremonies to honor the sophomores taking place afterward. The game will be streamed at https://livestream.com/MGCCCBulldogs/events/8568545.
- MGCCC: 12-7/8-4 MACJC South, T-2nd place in division
- Jones: 19-2/11-1 MACJC South, 1st place in division
Monday in the MACJC
- Meridian at Copiah-Lincoln, 5:30 p.m.
- Pearl River at Southwest, 5:30 p.m.
- Hinds at East Central, 5:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
- MGCCC rallied from an 11-point first half deficit to crush archrival Pearl River 68-49 Thursday at Poplarville. Kayla Simmons (Fr., Brandon/Brandon) and Amber Sutton (Fr., Jackson/Madison Central) led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points.
- Jones defeated Southwest 90-64 in Ellisville behind Kyia Weathersby's 17 points. The victory clinched the South Division, and JC will host the state tournament next week.
Jones won the first meeting between the teams 91-57 on Jan. 24. Breannah McCullah's 13 points led the Lady Bulldogs.
- Kayla Simmons is averaging 5.0 offensive rebounds per game, fifth-best in NJCAA Division I. Her 10.2 rebounds is 21-st best.
- The Lady Bulldogs' 12 wins are the most since 2012-13 (18). They need one more win for their most division victories since that team went 8-4.
- Thursday, at Hinds, 5:30 p.m., Utica (end of regular-season)
- Feb. 25-28, MACJC Tournament, Ellisville
- March 5-8, NJCAA Region 23, Clinton
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