SENATOBIA --- The Holmes Community College advanced to the semi-finals of the MACJC State Tournament here today at Northwest Mississippi Community College with a 47-43 win over the Southwest Mississippi Community College Lady Bears.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 17-7 overall. Holmes will play No. 5 ranked Jones County Junior College at noon Wednesday. Jones defeated Itawamba, 89-59. You can listen live on breezynews.com or watch live at nwccrangers.com/watch.
Southwest jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first period before the Lady Bulldogs took their first lead at 10-9 with 2:15 left in the first period. The Lady Bulldogs led 13-9 after one period. The Lady Bulldogs led by six with 5:36 left to play in the second period. A Ja'Breonia Veasey gave Holmes a 10-point lead at 21-11 with 1:35 left before halftime. Vaquela Pimpton hit two free throws and a bucket put Holmes up 25-11 just before halftime. Holmes led 25-13 at halftime.
A bucket from Nhamia Wilson gave Holmes a 15-point lead at 36-21 with 1:30 left in the third and Holmes led 36-25 after three. Southwest cut the lead to six at 36-30 with 8:03 left in the game. Holmes went back up six with 6:26 left in the game on a bucket from Brittany Webster. The Lady Bulldogs clung to a one-point lead, 40-39, with 2:45 left. Kamelia Lacy hit two free throws with 21.7 seconds left to put Holmes up three, 44-41, and Pimpton made two free throws to put Holmes up 46-43 with 15.4 seconds left. Nina Carpenter put the game out of reach in the final seconds after hitting one of two free throws.