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Northwest Bows Out to Jones County at MACJC Tournament
February 25, 2013By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
POPLARVILLE – Northwest's worst shooting performance of the season, and perhaps the worst in several years, came at an inopportune time in the first round of the MACJC Tournament as Jones County ran away with a 77-50 win to eliminate the Lady Rangers.
The 27-point loss is the worst loss since Feb. 18, 2008, a 29-point loss to Itawamba.
The No. 4 seed out of the south, Jones County improved to 12-9 on the season and will face Northeast on Wednesday, the No. 3 seed out of the north division, in the seminfinals. Northwest dropped to 18-6 overall and had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Northwest couldn't get anything going offensively on the night, opening the first half with a season-low 17 percent shooting but only trailing 29-24 at the break.
The Lady Rangers led by a game high five points, 19-14, with 6:57 to play in the half before JCJC outscored them 15-5 to close the half.
The lead quickly ballooned to 13 points as Northwest's struggles from the floor continued.
Tiesha Tunstall scored five consecutive points as part of a 10-2 run and helped Northwest cut the lead to 46-41 with 10:45 to play, but nothing would fall the rest of the way.
JCJC outscored Northwest 31-9 over the final 10:45 and showed no mercy as Caitlyn Spane took a wide open layup the length of the floor as the buzzer sounded to make the final margin 27 points.
Northwest shot just 18 percent for the game, hitting 15 of 82 shots, while JCJC was a solid 48 percent.
JCJC owned the rebounding edge 66-41 and outscored Northwest 40-18 in the paint.
Northwest forced 33 turnovers on the night (22 steals) but the poor shooting was too much to overcome.
JCJC was led by three players with double-doubles, paced by 20 points and 15 boards from Spane. Tunstall was the only Lady Ranger in double figures, scoring 13 points, but needing 18 shots to do so.
Northwest will await its opponent in the Region 23 Tournament in Clinton March 6-9.