Meridian Community College womens basketball coach Hilary Allen got exactly what he wanted, a stern non-conference early season test for his Lady Eagles.
That test came in the form of undefeated, top-ranked Trinity Valley (TX) Community College.
Trinity Valley brought in a 2-0 record along with five national championships into MCC's Graham Gymnasium Wednesday night to see if Meridian's 103-25 embarrassment of Delgado last Saturday was legitimate.
The visiting Lady Cardinals set the pace early grabbing a 20-14 lead at the midway through the first half.
But MCC's trio of Monique Clayton, Zircona Hopkins and Nadosha Strickland used their athletic ability to put points on the board and get to the free throw line. Behind their play, MCC tied up the ballgame multiple times in the first period before eventually taking the lead with 5:25 left before half.
MCC was led by Strickland who scored 18 points in the first half to give the Lady Eagles a 38-35 halftime lead over Trinity Valley.
It took the visiting Lady Cards one half of basketball to get over their five and a half hour bus ride from East Texas and regain their top ranked form. Trinity Valley went on a 28-13 run to start the second half and take a 63-51 lead over Meridian with 10:00 remaining in the game.
MCC would put up a 12-0 run of their own tie it up at 63-63 with under 5:00 to play.
Trinity Valley would hit three consecutive three point baskets to put the game away and win 78-69 over MCC.
The Lady Eagles were led by Strickland who scored a game high 31 points. Hopkins had 10 points and Tiara Parker added 8 for MCC.
DeShawna Banks led Trinity Valley with 24 points as the Lady Cards improved to 3-0 and now venture to Florida.
The Lady Eagles fell to 1-1 and travel to Scooba to face East Mississippi on Monday night.
MCC Men Move to 2-0
Following their 79-78 victory over Delgado last Saturday, the MCC men took on Wallace-Selma Wednesday night.
The Eagles fell behind 18-7 early in the first half but fought back to take a 36-31 lead at halftime behind the play of Otis Williams who led MCC with 14 points in the first half.
MCC won the game by a final of 78-62 and improved to 2-0..
Williams led the Eagles with 26 points, while Jason Windom scored 16 points and Regis Huddleston had 15 points.
MCC will be in action again Saturday when they host Marion (AL) Institute.