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Hinds advances to MACJC State Semifinals with a win over Northwest



Dontrell McQuarter in action against the Northwest Community College Rangers (photo by Tracey Dundan, Hinds CC)

For the first time in over a decade, a Hinds Community College Bulldog basketball team has won a playoff game.

The last time that the Bulldogs were in the MACJC State playoffs was in 2012, where they were defeated by Holmes Community College 73-64 in the opening round.

Fast forward to 2020, the No. 2 seeded Hinds Bulldogs, led by sophomores Dontrell McQuarter and Ladarius Marshall, dominated both sides of the ball as they defeated the No. 3 seeded Northwest Community College Rangers 81-55 in the first round of the MACJC State Playoffs.

McQuarter opened the game with a basket to give Hinds a 2-0 lead. Hinds would never relinquish their lead for the remainder of the game.

By the end of the first half, the Bulldogs had a commanding 20-point lead (42-22).

In the second half, the Bulldogs went on to increase their lead by as much as 27-points, which they reached with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

By the time of the final buzzer, Hinds had secured their spot in the semifinals with an 81-55 opening-round victory.

Much of Hinds success tonight stemmed from their defense. The Bulldogs held the Rangers to just 55 total points on just 29.9% shooting from the field.

“Defensively, we were on another level tonight,” said third-year head coach Yusef Fitzgerald. “That is a testament to the hard work we put in at practice on a daily basis.”

On offense, the Bulldogs shot a stellar 53% from the field. McQuarter led all scorers with 25 points while Marshall racked up 20 points of his own.

With the win, Hinds improved their overall season record to 15-7 and advanced to the MACJC State Semifinals.

“I’m proud of the way we competed tonight. We put some adversity on ourselves, fought through it with a next-man-up mentality, and were able to get a playoff win,” Fitzgerald said. “Now our only focus is the game on Wednesday.”

Hinds will play the No. 1 seeded Northeast Mississippi Community College (23-1) Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Scooba on the campus of East Mississippi Community College.

If the Bulldogs win Wednesday, they would solidify a spot in the MACJC State Playoff Championship game on Thursday, Feb. 27.

A Hinds team hasn’t been to the MACJC State Playoff Championship game since 2003, and the Bulldogs haven’t won a MACJC State Championship since 1990.


Harvey scored 15 points to help the Vikings to a 46-18 win Thursday



Zion Harvey led the Vikings in points Thursday. (photo by Ced Tillman)

Warren Central ninth grade girls basketball team defeated Terry Thursday night in a huge 46-18 win.

Zion Harvey led the Lady Vikings in points, finishing the match with 15. She was also responsible for playing great defense as she almost outscored the Terry Bulldogs by herself.

Calise Henyard came behind Harvey in points with 12, contributing to the ladies winning the the ball game. Jennifer Smith also added 7 points.

The entire Vikings team showed up to handle business last night, and the Bulldogs were unable to stop the powerful offense the Vikings had to offer.

The Lady Vikings are now 8-2 and will be back in action next Thursday against crosstown rivals Vikings High School.

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Tommy Curtis III is the VDN Defensive Player of the Year



Tommy Curtis III (photo courtesy of Tommy Curtis Jr.)

Vicksburg High School football player Tommy Curtis III has been named the Vicksburg Daily News Defensive Player of the Year.

Curtis was granted the award due to his great senior season where he not only led the VHS Gators but the entire county in tackles. He finished the 2020 season with 103 tackles and two sacks.

Curtis thanked plenty of people for sticking with him along his football journey.

“First off, I would like to give thanks to God, my family, my coaches and most importantly my teammates for giving me the opportunity to lead our young team,” Curtis said. “I’ve came a long way with my journey playing for Vicksburg High School. This has been a great year full of adversity and excitement, and we battled until the end. This year has made each one of us better football players and young men. A scripture I live by is Philippians 4:13 which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.’ I am grateful to be receiving this award, and I thank each one of you for giving me a chance to represent Vicksburg High School Gator Football.”

Curtis is a three-year starter for the Gators and has helped led the defense each season. He missed five games in his junior season and still managed to grab 50 tackles. Curtis was back healthy this season.

His best game this year was in a 23-22 win over South Pike where he racked up 11 tackles. He is known for his ability to break up any offense he goes up against and his ability to get to the ball carrier with no hesitation. He was recently named a region 2 5A first team all district player.

Curtis has not committed to any college or university, yet, but by early next year, he expects to have multiple offers to choose from.

Curtis is the first VDN Defensive Player of the Year, and he is the true definition of an hard working athlete.

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Vicksburg Junior High got revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 win



No. 8, MIncer Minor IV, takes a shot. (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High Gators were able to get revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 victory Thursday night.

Michael Johnson led the Gators in points as he put up 9 on the night. He also had played great defense, finishing with multiple rebounds. The game mostly relied on both teams’ defense.

VJHS took a 13-7 halftime lead. Decorey Knight Jr came out hot in the second half as he hit a big 3-pointer. He finished the game with 6 points.

Mincer Minor IV stepped up big on defense and finished with 4 points.

VJHS now has a 8-1 record, and they got back at the Mavericks who beat them a couple of weeks ago.

The Gators won’t play again until Thursday, Dec. 10, when they travel to play county rivals Warren Central.

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