MGCCC women face ICC in playoff opener

MGCCC women face ICC in playoff opener

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast heads into Wednesday's MACJC playoff opener at Itawamba a little in the dark.


"Unfortunately, we don't know that much about them," Lady Bulldogs coach Jackie Rhodes said. "It's the only team in the state we didn't see during the regular season. We're going off word of mouth."


Gulf Coast (6-5-2) finished third in the MACJC South, earning them a trip to North No. 2 Itawamba (10-7). The game in Fulton starts at noon. It will be streamed at


The winner of this game will play South No. 1 in the state semifinals on Saturday. Holmes is hosting the tournament at Freedom Park in Ridgeland.


Wednesday's game was pushed back a day because of wet conditions in Fulton. The Lady Bulldogs' conference schedule ended Oct. 13, and they've only had one scrimmage at LSU-Alexandria since to stay in game shape.


"It was a little frustrating, but overall it just gives us an extra day to prepare," Rhodes said. "We'll take it and make the most of it."


Erin Longsden (So., Droylsden Academy/Manchester, England) leads Gulf Coast with six goals, and Jess Shepherd (So., Parrswood/Manchester, England) has five assists.


Deanna Christie has eight goals to lead the Lady Indians.


"We've been working all week on what we think they might do, and just staying prepared," said Rhodes.


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