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Smith leads Lady Wolves over Southwest women

SUMMIT — Travalyn Smith played her offensive role with easeMonday night in Holmes Gymnasium. Smith tossed in 21 points,leading the Co-Lin Lady Wolves to a 64-52 triumph over SouthwestMississippi Community College in South Division action.

Smith sacked 4 straight field goals in the opening 5 minutes ofthe second half as Co-Lin raised its record to 15-7 overall and10-3 in the South, second in the South standings. The Lady Bearsfell to 9-14 and 6-7.

“I felt relaxed shooting,” said Smith, a 5-10 freshman fromUnion Church, describing her career-high total at Co-Lin. Shescored a career-high 37 points during her high school career atJefferson County.

“I like playing for Co-Lin,” said Smith. “We play team ball andwe work hard. We want to go to the state tournament.”

The state tournament starts Feb. 23 at Northeast inBooneville.

Leading 40-20 at halftime, Co-Lin women’s coach Gwyn Younginstructed his team to slow the pace in the second half. “Westruggled because we relaxed too much. We didn’t attack them in thesecond half. Travalyn Smith made some baskets which kept us going.”Smith also grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Lady Wolves scored 14 of their second half points at thefree throw line. After Smith sank a baseline jumper to give Co-Lina 52-31 lead with 11:29 left to play, Co-Lin made12-of-17 freethrows the rest of the game.

In the meantime, Southwest head coach Mark Swindle was pickingup 2 technical fouls and an automatic ejection from the playingarea. He exited the gym with 2:33 left to play and his team down57-47. Southwest men’s coach Bill Wallace finished coaching thegame.

Young complimented his team’s rebounding effort. “LaurenWilliams and Victoria Richardson really went to the boards for us.”Richardson had 14 rebounds and Williams 7.

Co-Lin freshman playmaker Gloria Lewis chipped in 12 points, allof them coming on second half free throws.

Southwest freshman point guard Christin Bradford led the LadyBears with 14 points. Tiffany Aych added 12 points.