EMCC women defeat unbeaten East Central behind Juhan’s 35 points

Sophomore Tyeisha Juhon scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in EMCC's 72-65 win over previously unbeaten East Central Tuesday night.
Staff Writer

Tyeisha Juhan scored a career-high 35 points to lead the East Mississippi Community College Lady Lions to a 72-65 road win over East Central Community College Tuesday night. Juhan’s career night helped EMCC (5-5) take down the previously unbeaten Warriors.

The men’s team fell 99-92 in the MACJC doubleheader.

In the women’s game, Juhan got heated up early, as she hit five of her first seven shots from the field, giving the Lady Lions an early 16-9 lead. A Brianna Page three-pointer would give EMCC a 22-17 lead after one quarter. The Lady Lions were able to keep their lead as they went to halftime ahead 35-30.

Juhan nailed a three-pointer to start the third quarter, but East Central would answer with an 11-3 run to tie the game at 41-41 with 4:11 left in the third quarter. Back-to-back Juhan three-pointers would cap an 8-0 run, giving EMCC a 49-41 lead. The Lady Lions led 57-46 after the third quarter.

EMCC scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 16 points. The Lady Lions were able to hang on to a double digit lead for the majority of the quarter, but the Warriors would score 11 of the last 15 to cut the EMCC lead to five points during the waning moments of the game.

Juhan led all scorers with 35 points on 14-of-21 shooting from the field, including 7-of-10 from behind the arc. The sophomore also grabbed 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Page added 13 points for EMCC.

Tamara Haskin led East Central with 14 points, while Tan Lloyd added 10 for the Warriors. East Central falls to 8-1 on the year.

The high-scoring 99-92 men’s contest featured 21 made three-pointers by the two teams. Cam Horton nailed a trio of three-pointers early, but the Lions would still fall behind 24-14. EMCC would get within one-point on several occasions in the first half, but would trail 48-46 at halftime.

The Lions hit a basket to open the third quarter, tying the game at 48-all, but the Warriors would rebuild their lead to 67-55 with 14:15 left in the game. However, EMCC would storm back to cut the lead to one-point again when Dewayne Cox drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 78-77.

Despite their efforts, the Lions were never able to even the score or take the lead. EMCC was able to pull to within two points (94-92) with 1:32 left when Darrious Agnew hit three free throws. East Central, however, would win the contest 99-92 by converting from the foul line down the stretch.

Cox led the Lions (7-5) with 22 points, while Horton added 20 points. Cox and Horton were a combined 9-of-18 from three point range. Markedric Bell also finished with 18 points.

The Warriors (7-3) were led by Roti Ware’s 24 points, including going 14-of-14 from the foul line. Thurston McCarty finished with 19 points, while Cameron Diggs added 18.