The Coahoma Community College Women's basketball team is having a successful 2021 season. The Lady Tigers secured their fourth consecutive win of the season, defeating Northwest Mississippi Community College 59-45. The highly anticipated matchup took place at the Howard Coliseum on the campus of Northwest. The Tigers went into this matchup, having five wins and two losses for the season. Northwest was even with Coahoma's performances, coming into the game 4-2.
Coahoma's Braylin Tate would get the first points of the night with a layup. Rangers Tierra Trotter would answer with a three-point shot that showed how competitive the game was about to unfold.
Nakia Cheatham entered the game with five minutes left in the first quarter and made a jump shot and a layup. She had eight points with six rebounds. Head coach Stephanie Murphy believes Cheatham is representing the freshman class well, performing under pressure.
"Cheatham is playing her best self-right now, she was 4-5 in the field, and for her to be playing this way coming off the bench at this moment, I know it's going to be great overall for CCC," said Murphy.
Northwest would not let the Tigers get a massive lead. Morgan Hodum would secure a three-point shot for the Rangers, which was the critical difference between them. The Rangers used three-point shots to close the gap, while Coahoma, unfortunately, did not make any three-point shots for the night.
Coach Murphy attested that it could never be positive when a team misses shots, but it shows strengths in other areas to complete a win despite the misses. "Three-point shooting is something we have been doing relatively well during the winning streak, but I guess it shows other strengths in the team as we were able to score in different ways and not having to rely on the three points," said Murphy.
Coahoma would end the first quarter with the lead 14-11.
The Rangers started the second quarter with a hot hand. Kolten Blankeney had back-to-back jump shots and placed her team in the lead for the first time in the game. Her teammate Morgan would extend the lead with a three-point shot. She was the top scorer for the Rangers with 12 points that impressively all resulted from three-point shots.
The score was 18-14, Rangers, and for the next three minutes, both teams would go on a scoring hiatus. Rangers I'Yana Ragin would break the silence with a three-point shot, Coahoma's Tamia Brown and Cheatham answered with jump shots. Still, just one minute later, the Rangers would attempt and score another three-point shot, but this time it was from Ashton Stanley.
Coahoma came out for the second half, determined to keep up their winning streak for the season.
Braylin Tate would secure a jump shot; she ended the night with the second-highest score of 14 and amazingly had eight rebounds. Her teammate Mary Wilkings followed suit by having a smooth layup, and she finished the night with 11 points and seven rebounds. With seven minutes left in the quarter Coahoma would change the course of the game with two steps. Firstly, they made creative defensive stops that ensured the Rangers could not score for five minutes straight.
Coahoma would leave Senatobia with a 59-45 win.
The Lady Tigers will be home at 6 p.m. Thursday against East Mississippi Community College.