Coahoma Tigers Lose Game, but Make Playoffs
CLARKSDALE – The Coahoma Community College Tigers walked onto home court here Thursday night on Sophomore Night with a precarious third place standing in the district. Although the Tigers lost to East Mississippi, 81-71, the outcomes of games played district-wide Thursday night assured the Tigers of a fourth place finish in regularly scheduled season and a bid for the upcoming playoffs. The Lady Tigers also bowed to the Lady Lions of EMCC, 66-39.
CCC gave its sophomores a great send off, recognizing the two Lady Tiger Sophomores Bridgett Griffin and Breanna Wiley with flowers and gifts while the eight Tiger sophomores were escorted on court by family and friends and given a personalized basketball and their own Tiger jersey as a keepsake. Tiger sophomores are Stacy Regular, Patrick Brown, Stanley Haywood, Rigueson Desorvil, Alex Thompson, Morris Adams, Charles Nash, and Alan Morris.
EMCC, with a 17-6 season record and a 10-2 division record, dominated the boards and the free throw line to take the 10-point victory. The Lions held a 31-5 board advantage over the Tigers who pulled down 18 defensive and 3 offensive boards. The Lions made 25 of 35 free throws, but the Tigers sank only 16 of 31 attempts. The Tigers led the game statistics with 14 steals to EMCC’s six, but the Tigers also infamously led the stat sheet with 13 turnovers to the guests’ five.
The Tigers trailed throughout the game, usually behind by 10, but in the second half, EMCC had a few steals and dunks to take a 17-point edge with just over 12 minutes left to play. The Tigers continued to chip away at the lead and came within three points at least twice in the second half, but could not pull even with the Lions.
Adams came off the bench for CCC to tip in an offensive rebound which sparked the Tigers’ comeback. Thompson netted two free throws, Brown added two from the charity stripe before Thompson stepped up with a three-pointer then stole the ball and scored to cut the edge to seven, 53-60 with just over 10 minutes to play. Brown finished the game as high scorer with 26 and Thompson had 18 points for the night.
Play on court heated up with the Tigers and Lions trading technical fouls, but cooler heads prevailed while the Tigers pushed forward. Haywood stepped up with a huge three-pointer to cut the lead to 63-60 with 9:15 left to play, but the Tigers could not bridge the gap.
The Lions’ balanced attack had four players in double figures: Jacoby Mobley netted four three pointers and had 19; Trey Brown scored 14, Mack Foster netted 12 and Nick Giles added 10.
Other scorers for CCC were Desorvil with nine, Haywood had four, Regular and Jonathan Ankston both with three; Xavier Graves, Morris, and Nash with two each.
The Lady Tigers’ two sophomores led the way for CCC: Griffin had 13 and Wiley scored 11 before she was injured with 12:55 left in the second half. She fell badly on her right ankle which is thought to be broken.
Before Wiley left the game, she was on fire on the boards grabbing seven defensive and three offensive rebounds. Also, before her injury, she tied the score at 30-all for the Lady Tigers with 15:25 on the clock. With 13:59 clocked, Breanna stepped up and grabbed an offensive board and put it back in for the Lady Tigers one-point lead, 35-34. However, the Lady Lions got on fire from the three-point mark, hitting five three-pointers to move past the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers only trailed by two at the half, 25-27, and stayed close with the visitors until the injury to Wiley. Azanda Collier hit two three-pointers for an eight-point total for the game for the Lady Tigers. EMCC saw three Lady Lions in double figures: Savanah Kimmons scored 16 to lead all scorers: Wilma Davis netted two three-pointers and scored 15, and Takera Mitchell added 11.