Depending on your perspective, McLennan Community College had the best of times and the worst of times.
The Highlassies defeated Hill, 73-64, on Saturday at the Highlands, while the men’s team fell to the Rebels, 84-71. Both games were played at The Highlands.
The women’s game was tied at the end of the first quarter in a closely contested first half. Both teams made runs and the lead changed hands several times before the Lady Rebels finally took the lead into halftime, 35-33.
MCC’s women finally made a run that stood up to Hill, going 15-2 at the end of the third quarter, taking a lead of 58-48 following a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Colandria Haynes.
Hill tried to make a run, but the closest the ‘Lassies allowed them to get was within six points for the remainder of the game.
Velma Mitchell led the Highlassies (12-9, 5-2) in scoring with 28 points. Andrea Lloyd had 14, and KeeKee Nowlin scored 11. Alexa Hoy led the Lady Rebels with 26 points.
While the women’s team was able to celebrate, the Highlanders found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard. The men seemed to be a little slow at the start, allowing Hill to build a 29-17 lead with just over seven minutes left in the first half. MCC was able to cut the lead to six a couple of minutes later, but the Rebels were able to regain the 12 point lead at half, 37-29.
Despite the Highlanders’ best efforts, Hill seemed to find answers for whatever MCC could throw at them, and the end result was the Highlanders falling at home.
MCC was led by Jashawn Talton’s 16 points. He was joined in double digits by Javen Hedgeman’s 14 points, Jordan Skipper-Brown with 12, Marquez Cooper with 11 and Xaiver Armstead adding 10.
Mike Medlin led Hill with 25 points, with Shamar Bailey contributing another 22 points in the win.
The Highlanders’ record now stands at 21-3, 4-2 in conference.
Both teams begin the second half of conference play when they travel to Ranger on Wednesday. The women begin their game at 5 p.m., and the men start at 7 p.m.