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Gwyn earns NEMCC defensive honor
by Blake D. Long
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BOONEVILLE -- The Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team recently held its annual postseason banquet.

In conjunction with former University of Alabama and two-time Final Four coach Ed Nixon presenting the keynote address, Lady Tigers headman Brian Alexander handed out his yearly awards at the ceremony held inside Tupelo’s First Baptist Church.

“We look back in an unselfish context and are able to hand out these awards,” Alexander said. “We promote that every person on the team has a different role and that role is of equal importance. It’s huge that we are able to recognize those key pieces to our season.”

Three out of the five honors went to sophomores.

A quick and aggressive style of play helped Kiki Gwyn become the Best Defensive Player for Northeast last year.

The Corinth native directed the Lady Tigers’ offense from the point guard position, but was also a leader on the opposite side of the floor. Gwyn set the tone for Northeast with 2.6 steals per contest.

Gwyn did not mind sacrificing herself to take a charge in key situations. In fact, she got in position for an offensive foul that helped propel Northeast to a triumph over Southern University (La.) at Shreveport early in the season.

She recorded her best performance offensively against Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College just before the holiday break between semesters. Gwyn notched the only double-double of her time in Booneville with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a win versus the Lady Generals.

The Kossuth High School alumnus participated in 22 games as a sophomore and started in 21. She averaged 4.5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 boards per game.

Antionette Riddle was named Best Offensive Player.The 5-9 guard, who signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join Delta State University’s tradition rich program, led the Lady Tigers in a number of categories last year, including points per outing (15) and assists per contest (2.9).

She averaged 33.9 minutes per game, which topped Northeast. It was also 14th highest among athletes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and second in the league.

Riddle scored a career-high 26 points and had 10 boards in a victory over Coahoma Community College inside Bonner Arnold Coliseum on January 21. She wrapped up her career as a Lady Tiger with a near triple-double performance at Mississippi Delta Community College with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven steals.

The Tupelo product reached double figures in 21 of 23 games during her last season in Booneville, including in 18 straight matchups to end the campaign.

In her two years at Northeast, Riddle tallied a total of 596 points. She competed in 46 games and averaged 13 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.5 blocks per contest.

Riddle was a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State first-team selection. She also competed in the 2014 MACJC All-Star Game and earned the start in the North’s 81-69 victory against the South’s best players.

Aushiana Ivy recovered nicely from a knee injury that forced her to miss the 2012-13 campaign to garner recognition as the Best Rebounder for the Lady Tigers.

The 5-10 guard recorded six double-doubles throughout the season. She grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds to go with 21 points in a conference game at Coahoma on February 13.

Ivy paced Northeast with an average of 8.6 boards per outing. That number was good for sixth best in the league as well.

Her best offensive output came at Holmes Community College on January 23. Ivy scored 33 points on 10 of 18 shooting and a sound 13 of 17 mark from the free throw line.

The Shannon High School graduate also averaged 1.7 steals, 0.8 assists and 0.4 blocks per game and was third on the squad with 31.6 minutes played each matchup.

Ivy, who was placed on the MACJC All-State second-team for her outstanding efforts in the paint, is one of four promising Lady Tigers who are slated to return for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

Lexy Lindsey vigorously upheld the commitment of a student athlete to academics first and sports second to claim the Highest Grade Point Average award at a perfect 4.0.

Lindsey is one of four current Lady Tigers that have been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, including Angelia Allen, Jasmine Allen and Kierra Erby.

When not focusing on the classroom, Lindsey appeared in all but one game for Northeast during the last campaign. She was a smooth shooter and hit 90.9 percent of her attempts from the free throw line, which topped the team.

The 5-6 guard served as one of the top ball handlers for the Lady Tigers and held a 1.5 assist to turnover ratio. That number was one of the ten best among all athletes in the MACJC.

The Red Bay (Ala.) High School product was also a threat from beyond the arc and connected on 25 percent of her shots from that range, good for third best on the squad. Lindsey averaged 8.9 points per 40 minutes.

Erby completed every task that was assigned to her both on and off the court in a very positive manner and was the recipient of the Heart Award.

The guard, who hails from Columbus, started the year as a manager and through hard work and dedication eventually earned a spot on the team.

Erby contributed mightily to Northeast’s come-from-behind efforts in the season finale at Mississippi Delta. She played in a personal-best 17 minutes and tallied a bucket, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block.

“I am extremely proud of this team,” Alexander said. “We reached our potential and overcame adversity that allowed us to teach life lessons that these student athletes will remember for the rest of their lives.”
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