TERRELL — It doesn’t matter the opponent or their record. Whenever McLennan Community College can come up with a basketball sweep on the road, it makes the bus ride back all the sweeter.
MCC’s women and men dispatched Southwestern Christian on the Rams’ home floor on Wednesday night, picking up a pair of key conference wins.
Velma Mitchell had her jumper working, nailing four 3-pointers as the Highlassies dumped Southwestern Christian, 93-62. Mitchell, last year’s conference player of the year, led all players with 24 points in the game.
MCC (14-10, 7-3) held a slim 8-5 lead in the first quarter, but took control with a 14-0 momentum-stealing run. That surge helped the Highlassies take a 24-7 lead after a quarter.
Jaylonn Walker dropped in 16 points, while KeeKee Nowlin and Andrea Lloyd had 10 each. For the Lady Rams (4-20, 0-9), Mikayla Robinson had a team-best 20.
In the nightcap, the MCC men pulled out an 87-74 win. Just like in the women’s contest, MCC used an early run to put its stamp on the scoreboard, busting out to 19 straight points to take a 21-3 lead.
However, the Rams (6-19, 0-9) fought back to within 47-34 by the halftime break. They kept scratching and trimmed the lead to 10 with 7:39 to go, but the Highlanders made some big buckets down the stretch and never let their lead slip under double digits.
Aaron Gregg hit for 21 points to lead MCC and Xavier Armstead scored 20. For Armstead, a freshman from Midway, it was his sixth 20-point game of the season and third in the past six games.
Garrett Shaw and Sasa Vuksanvic scored 16 and 10, respectively, for the Highlanders (22-4, 5-3).
Both MCC teams will return to their home court on Saturday against Weatherford. It’ll be Sophomore Day at MCC, as the second-year students on both basketball teams and the dance team will be honored.