Wolves ambush Hinds; Lady Wolvse score 107
Published 6:00 am Tuesday, February 12, 2002
WESSON – Bruce Smith sacked the game-winning trey and JasonScott provided a last-second defensive play which lifted the Co-LinWolves to a thrilling 60-59 Monday night victory over the HindsCommunity College Bulldogs in Mullen Gymnasium. Scott leaped andblocked a jump shot by Chris Parker of Hinds to secure the win withjust five seconds left to play.
In the women’s game, Co-Lin overwhelmed Hinds 107-34, led byguard Tiania Burns with 24 points and post Mindy Livaudais with23.
Co-Lin resumes play Thursday night at Pearl River CommunityCollege in Poplarville.
The Wolves (7-12, 4-5) beat Hinds for the second timethis season and won their first game at home in several weeks. Theysnapped a 4-game, home-floor losing streak which dated back to Jan.14.
Co-Lin is tied for fourth place in the South Divisionwith Hinds (11-8, 4-5) but has the advantage of the tie-breaker asthe season winds down. The Wolves have beaten Hindstwice.
Under the new playoff format, the top four teams out ofthe North and South Divisions will advance to the statetournament.
Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims said he was pleased withhis team’s performance, especially in the first half. “Between the15-minute mark and the 5-minute mark in the first half, we playedsome of the best basketball I’ve seen all season. In the secondhalf, we hung on, especially at the end.”
Sophomore center B.J. Black of Brookhaven powered theWolves with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Smith, asophomore playmaker from Brookhaven (West Lincoln) chipped in 14points, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Scott, a freshman forward from Natchez, finished with 13points, 7 boards and 3 steals. He had 3 dunks in the game. Hiscrowd-pleasing slammer with 7:05 left in the first half gave Co-Lina 27-27 lead.
Hinds, coached by Ralph Moore, got 13 points and 6rebounds from Seth Cannon, a 5-11 sophomore guard fromBrandon.
The Lady Wolves (17-2, 7-2) rebounded from adisappointing loss at East Central last Thursday night. Co-Lin istied for first place in the South with Southwest and PearlRiver.
“I thought we were really focused tonight,” said Co-Lin women’scoach Gwyn Young. “I didn’t think our last three games had showedmuch defensive effort. I’m real pleased with the way we playedtonight on both sides of the ball.”
Young was happy to see his team surpass the 100-point plateau.”It’s been a while since we’ve scored 100 or more points.”
Hinds (0-17, 0-9), coached by Mary J. Hunter, got 13 points fromShawana Coleman. a freshman from Crystal Springs.
Co-Lin 107, Hinds 34
Hinds (34) Shawana Coleman 13, Sanders 8, Welch 5,Wilson 4, Hamilton 3, Guyton 1.
Co-Lin (107) Tiania Burns 24, Livaudais 23, S. Smith 11,Brown 10, Blakely 8, Harried 8, Altman 6, Beeson 4, Davis 4,Townsend 5, Mason 2.
Halftime: Co-Lin 59-15.
Total fouls: Hinds 11. Co-Lin 14. Fouledout-none.
Free Throws M-A: Hinds 6-16. Co-Lin 19-27.
3-point goals: Burns, Coleman, Hamilton.
Co-Lin 60, Hinds 59
Hinds (59) Seth Cannon 13, Green 10, Parker 9, James 6,Mack 6, Gary 5, Williams 4, Bell 2.
Co-Lin (60) B.J. Black 17, Scott 13, B. Smith 14,Christian 8, Mikell 4.
Halftime: Co-Lin 36-29.
Total fouls: Hinds 13. Co-Lin 13. Fouledout-none.
Free Throws M-A: Hinds 10-12. Co-Lin 12-15.
3-point goals: Cannon 2, Gary, Parker, B.Smith.