SENATOBIA, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi executed a massive third-quarter surge on Friday to hand the Mineral Area women’s basketball team its first defeat of the season.
The Lady Tigers trailed 40-34 at the break, but outscored the Lady Cardinals 29-8 over the next 10 minutes to secure a 78-68 victory.
Dayzsha Rogan drained a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the second half to spark an offensive explosion by NE Mississippi (3-2).
Adallice Young and Madison Reynolds exchanged shots near the basket later in the period, but Young nailed a 3-pointer on the next trip down to put the Lady Tigers ahead 46-44.
Young paced NE Mississippi with 20 points, while Rogan and Tyra Tucker had 17 each and Aundrea Adams added 11.
Holly Forbes, who scored 27 on Thursday against NW Mississippi, finished with game highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds in the loss for Mineral Area (6-1).
Rogan made her second shot from behind the arc for a 51-44 lead during a 10-0 run. Mineral Area freshman Tyeshia Mitchell, who posted 10 points, ended the streak with three minutes remaining in the third by dropping in a layup to bring the score within 55-46.
Tucker closed out the third by sinking her third triple with 10 seconds on the clock for a healthy 63-48 separation.
The Lady Cardinals fired back with an 8-0 spurt in the fourth quarter, but failed to fully slow the opposition.
Reynolds dished an accurate entry pass to Forbes in the post after diving on a loose ball with seven minutes left to bring the Lady Cardinals within 67-58.
Mineral Area applied an intense half-court pressure late, but the Lady Tigers remained successful off dribble penetration.
Ella Gobald, who matched Makenzy Smith with seven points each, stole a pass and finished a fast-break layup to make the deficit 71-63.
NE Mississippi began slowing the pace with less than two minutes to play, and were aided by two offensive rebounds on consecutive trips to the line.
Rogan stole an inbounds pass and immediately scored a layup after to restore a 76-63 lead.
The Lady Tigers began the contest trying to deny entry passes from reaching Forbes, and created a series of Mineral Area turnovers. Tucker finished the first quarter with four steals and 11 points.
Mineral Area began the second with a 10-0 run fueled by baskets from Allie Golden, Lainey Bell, and Reynolds. Forbes also got comfortable down low, and earned a double-double by halftime with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Young completed a layup and converted the foul shot with less than a minute on the clock to cap the first-half scoring.
Mineral Area is idle for 17 days until traveling to Vincennes on Dec. 4.