Collin lone North women's squad left at NJCAA Region V tournament

Bulletin Staff Report
Collin College’s Taylor Jackson (22), who scored a team-high 15 points, pulls up for a jumper over South Plains College’s Elizabeth Cera (31) during Collin’s 68-59 first-round win Thursday at the Brownwood Coliseum.

Down a bucket at halftime, the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference champion Collin College Lady Cougars took a four-point lead into the fourth period and controlled the final 10 minutes of action en route to a 68-59 victory over the South Plains Lady Texans in Thursday’s first women’s quarterfinal game at the NJCAA Region V tournament.

Collin (26-5) received a team-high 15 points and six steals from Taylor Jackson while Micayla Buckner recorded a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, coupled with four blocked shots. Jaileen Thomas and Sierra Ely also finished in double figures for Collin with 12 points apiece.

The Lady Cougars finished 20 of 31 from the free throw line, while the Lady Texans were 12 of 18.

South Plains (20-11), the No. 4 seed from the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, was led by Dabrasia Baty’s 15 points. Jasmyne Martin added 11, while Elizabeth Cera and Yanina Inkina chipped in 10 points each.

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Midland 78, McLennan 51

The Midland College Lady Chaparrals advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region V women’s basketball tournament with relative ease, coasting past McLennan, 78-51, Thursday.

The Lady Chaparrals, the 2016 Western Junior College Athletic Conference runner-up, led for all but 86 seconds.

In front of North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference No. 3 seed McLennan (14-16) by a 27-21 count at halftime, Midland (25-5) dominated the second half as the Lady Chaparrals carried a 16-point lead into the fourth period.

Walnatia Wright led Midland with 19 points followed by Lisa Kaenpf and Valentine Zambelli with 15 and 12, respectively.

Diamond Ervin paced McLennan with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Raven Ringo also chipped in 10 points.

Midland will face Collin at 5 p.m. today in the first NJCAA Region V women’s semifinal.

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Odessa 68, Hill 62

Western Junior College Athletic Conference No. 3 seed Odessa held off a late charge by North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference No. 2 seed Hill for a 68-62 victory to advance to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region V women’s basketball tournament.

Hill (24-7) trailed by 18 points with just over six minutes left in the contest and reduced the deficit to four twice in the final 40 seconds, but Odessa (20-9) prevailed down the stretch.

Odessa led 18-15 after one quarter, 32-27 at halftime and 53-40 through three periods.

Anna Djedjemel led Odessa with 16 points trailed by Lauren Newman with 12, Shelby Richards with 11 and Sadie Russell with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Hill, which was outrebounded 44-35, received 15 points from Kynese Davis, 11 from Chelsea Adams and a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards from Faith Dimerson.

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NMJC 58, Temple 43

Western Junior College Athletic Conference champion New Mexico Junior College led from start to finish in a 58-43 Region V tournament quarterfinals victory over North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference No. 4 seed Temple College Wednesday night.

NMJC (26-2) forced 28 Temple (17-13) turnovers which resulted in 28 points. The rebounding edge also went to NMJC, 42-33, with 16 coming on the offensive end — translating into 16 second-chance points.

After one quarter, NMJC was in front 13-10 and the lead grew to 31-23 at halftime and 46-32 after three periods. The largest deficit Temple faced was 20 points with 6:58 remaining.

Daiane Machado and Sha’Niya Mitchell paced NMJC with 13 points apiece, and Mitchell also tacked on 12 rebounds for a double-double. Blair Richmond also finished in double figures with 11 points.

For Temple, Mikayla Blount scored a team-high 12 points and Mykel Costley added 10.

NMJC and Odessa will square off at 7 p.m. today in the second NJCAA Region V women’s basketball tournament semifinal.