Lady Wolves climb to 13-0
WESSON – Christy Brown and her Copiah-Lincoln Community Collegeteammates are on a mission. The undefeated Lady Wolves (13-0),ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA poll, outscored a good Pearl River team85-72 Tuesday night in Mullen Gymnasium as guard Tiania Burnssacked 28 points and Brown bagged 24 plus 10 rebounds.
“We want to win it all,” said Brown, a 5-10 sophomore postplayer from Zachary, La. “I think we have an awesome team.”
Brown’s work in the paint helped give Co-Lin a 41-32 advantageon the backboards. Mindy Livaudais, a 6-foot sophomore post fromNew Orleans, led the Lady Wolves with 13 rebounds and added 19points.
“I was ready for this game,” said Brown. “We knew Pearl Riverwas good. Coach (Gwyn) Young had prepared us well.”
In an offensive show, Co-Lin battled the Lady Wildcats (9-3,3-1) through an explosive first half. The hosts, 4-0 in the SouthDivision, led 50-41 at halftime.
“Christy got some easy baskets and rebounded well for us,” saidYoung. “Tiania, Mindy and Christy all stepped up big tonight.
“Pearl River has a good offense,” Young continued. “We hadtrouble stopping them the first half.”
The Lady Wildcats stopped themselves at the charity line lastnight. They only made 11 of 27 free throw attempts and fell out ofcontention in the second half.
When Burns sacked a trey with 14:58 left to play, Co-Lin held a13-point, 62-49 advantage. The Lady Wildcats reduced their deficitto 7 points, 66-59, on a free throw by Dee Flennory with 7:46 leftto play.
Young a called a timeout to settle his team. Livaudais sank apair of free throws, Burns scored on a putback and a layup andBrown tacked on a free throw, sparking a 7-0 run for a 73-59advantage.
Freshman forward Lindsay Altman also made double figures forCo-Lin, scoring 10 points and making 5 assists. Burns dished out 6assists and 4 steals. Gwen Smith had 6 assists.
Pearl River, coached by Ed Walley, got 14 points from 5-6freshman guard Jessica Welborn of Kenner, La.
Co-Lin continues its home stand Thursday night, hosting JonesCounty Junior College. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m.