For only the second time this year, the McLennan Community College Highlanders walked off the court with a loss. And it was the three’s that did it.
Collin County Community College hit on 11 3-pointers to lead the Cougars in the upset, 83-68 in Plano. The Highlanders fell to 20-2, 3-1 in conference.
The first half saw MCC find their largest lead, going up 14-9 at one point, but Collin County fired from the three point line to take a six point lead into the locker room at half, 39-33.
The Highlanders opened the second half with an 8-2 run to tie the game at 41 a piece, but the Cougars answered with a run of their own, going 7-0 in a two-minute stretch. From there, it was just a matter of time, as the Highlanders made an effort, cutting the lead to nine with 6:29 to go in the game, but that was as close as they would come for the remainder of the night.
Jashawn Talton had 22 points for the Highlanders and Marquez Cooper added an additional 10. Tajzmel Sherman had 22 and Jalen Weber scored 20 points for Collin County. Jackson Nobles also scored in double digits for the Cougars, dropping in an additional 12 points.
The Highlassies also found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard in the earlier game, falling to Collin County, 67-65, when Mya Johnson scored the last three of the Lady Cougars’ points on a basket and free throw with 7.85 seconds in the game.
MCC had the lead at the end of the first half, 35-29. Things were looking good for the ‘Lassies, but the second half proved to be a case of the last quarter being the decisive one.
The Highlassies went up 13 at the end of the third quarter, 55-42, behind a 15-0 run toward the end of the quarter. But Collin County found their groove in the fourth. The Cougars tied the game 60-all with just under four minutes to play. The ‘Lassies tried to pull away, but the Lady Cougs answered every time, finally getting the victory.
Three Highlassies scored in double figures. Jaylonn Walker led the team with 15 points, while Velma Mitchell had 13 and KeeKee Nowlin scored 11. Collin County’s high scorer was Johson, who scored 23 points. Jasmin Taylor scored 16 points, and Alyssa Powers added nine for the Lady Cougs.
Both MCC teams will play their next games Wednesday. The teams will host rival Temple College at The Highlands, with the women’s game getting underway at 5:30 p.m. The men will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Highlassies softball rained out
The MCC-Howard doubleheader scheduled for the Bosque River Ballpark today was cancelled to the field conditions. There is no word on whether the games will be made up.