Co-Lin puts broom on Hinds

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 29, 2003

WESSON – After losing four last-second games this season, theCopiah-Lincoln Wolves finally got one in their favor Monday nightwith a 75-74 ambush of the Hinds Bulldogs. It gave Co-Lin a sweetSouth Division sweep.

In the women’s contest, Co-Lin remained undefeated with a 93-46win over Hinds in Mullen Gymnasium.

The Wolves (8-10, 2-5) howled to a 39-32halftime advantage, after falling behind early 6-2 to Hinds. Co-Linused its air game in the first half to overwhelm the Bulldogs (6-9,2-5) with dunks and drives from sophomores Jerimie Collier, CarlMinor, and freshman Jeremy Richardson.

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“We played well in the first half, but we sort of lost controlof it (game) in the second.” said Collier. Collier scored six ofhis 15 points in the first half of play.

In the second half, Hinds used their deep shooting touch to tiethe game at 64-64 with 3:09 remaining. Co-Lin then scored the nextfive points of the contest to take a 69-64 advantage. Hinds latercut the lead to one, 75-74, with 0:32 remaining off a Donald Jonestrey. The Bulldogs used a Co-Lin turnover to take possession back,with 0:14 to go.

“We just played defense and hoped this one went our way,” saidCo-Lin head coach Dennis Sims.

The Wolves used a key strip by Collier and a forced turnover byMinor and sophomore point guard Nic Mikell to end the game in anuproar of celebration. Hinds had several chances at a game-winningshot but the Co-Lin defense halted any hopes of that.

“Like I told the guys, don’t worry about mistakes or points.Just enjoy the excitement of winning this one.” added Sims.”Excitement should be in the way we played and tonight we won atough one.”

Co-Lin has lost four South Division games by a combined 11points. Tonight’s victory against the Bulldogs helped their chancesin the race for seeding in the state tournament.

“Only the top four teams go,” Sims pointed out. “We’ve got towin most of the games on our schedule in order to get there. Rightnow our focus is on our next ball game (Meridian).”

Leading Sims’ Wolves in the win was Richardson, with a game high18 points. Collier finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, foursteals, and three assists. Sophomore forward Jason Scott added 13points, three rebounds, and three assists.

For Hinds (6-9, 2-5), Jones and Mario Tyler each led theBulldogs with 17 points, three rebounds, two steals, and twoassists. Sedric Brinson added 12 points.

In the women’s game, Co-Lin (18-0, 7-0) usedthe sweet shooting of sophomore guard Tiania Burns to gain a 47-21advantage at the half. Burns netted 22 of her game-high 27 pointsin the first half as the No. 4 Lady Wolves remained undefeated.

“Tiania made some real good shots tonight,” said Co-Lin generalGwyn Young. “She played well on both ends of the court.”

Burns and freshman Loretta Martin quietly became a one-twocombination in the second half as Co-Lin outscored the LadyBulldogs 46-25.

Twelve of the 13 Lady Wolves scored in the game, with threereaching double figures.

“I’m proud of the fact that we have won all of our first halfdivision games,” added Young. “We’ve got to stay focused and keepplaying well, because we’ve got the second seven coming up.”

This year the winner of the women’s South Division will host themen’s and women’s State Tournament. The top four teams out of theNorth and South will contend for the title Feb. 24-27.

“We’re in good shape right now.We’ve just got to stay that way.”continued Young.

Burns led all scorers with 27 points, seven rebounds, sixassists, five steals and a blocked shot. Martin finished with 17points and six rebounds.

Brookhaven Academy product Lindsay Altman added 10 points, threerebounds, and three assists.

For Hinds (3-12, 2-7), Shawanna Coleman led with 16 points, fourboards, and two steals.

Freshman forward Kemsha Hamilton added 10 rebounds and sevenpoints.

Co-Lin resumes play Thursday night against South Division foeMeridian. Women’s tipoff is set for 6:00, while the men begin playat 8:05.