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MCC romps to win

By By Robby Atkinson/The Meridian Star
Nov. 2, 2001
George Brooks and his Eagles opened their season with a 100-83 victory over the visiting Tigers of Coahoma in the nightcap game. Both teams started the contest off slow on offense, but eventually both clubs would work out the wrinkles.
The Eagles rode the offense on the shoulders of former Northeast Lauderdale star Robert Ivy and Derrick Houston to lead Meridian to a 43-30 lead at the halftime break.
Ivy and Houston had key three pointer's with 10:13 left in the first half to give Meridian their biggest lead of the half at 23-13.
From there on it was like magic for the Eagles as big shots seemed to pour in from everywhere. Michael Monroe had one of the biggest shots of the half on a crowd pleasing dunk followed by another slam by Justin Turner to give the Eagles the lead for good.
Meridian put the game away for good on a basket with seconds by Robert Powell to give MCC their first win of the season.
Ivy finished his spectacluar night 28 points to lead the Eagles offense. Monroe ened his awesome night by chipping in 21 points in the victory. Former Meridian High Wildcat Derrick Houston had 17 points to help in the cause for Meridian.
William Terry had nine points to lead the Coahoma Tigers in the
loss. The men will return to action next Monday night at home against East Mississippi.
Meridian Women 99,
Coahoma 72
The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles started their 2001-2002 campaign in impressive fashion by knocking off Coahoma by a final score of 99-72.
All eyes were on Monique Horner has she made her college debut at the Ivy Sports Center.
Horner did not disappoint fans as she had 14 points and 12 assists to open up her freshman year at MCC. Returning sopohmore Tijwana Collins had 30 points and Felicia Washington had 11 points in the win for the Lady Eagles.
Sonya Harris led the Lady Tigers of Coahoma in the loss with 18 points. Meridian will return home next Monday against East Mississippi at 6 p.m.