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Jones Junior College’s Lady Bobcats advanced Wednesday in the national juco championship tournament at Lubbock, Texas, defeating Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College 91-82.

It was the second straight national tournament victory for Jones, 30-1. It ended the season for No. 4 seed Hutchinson, which finished 33-2. Hutchinson had won 30 straight games.

Alexis Tolefree led the Jones with a 35-point performance, followed by Tatyana Lofton with 26, and Myyah West with 10.

The Jones men were eliminated from the men’s national tournament at Hutchinson, Kan., Tuesday when there were defeated by Northwest Florida.

This story will be updated.


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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.