Lady Wolves elude S’west
SUMMIT – No lead is safe in any timed sport, until the clockexpires. That was the case Monday night in Horace C. HolmesGymnasium, as MACJC South Division rivals Copiah-Lincoln andSouthwest met on the hardwood.
Co-Lin had built leads of 12, 15 and 16 points, but barelyescaped with a 63-60 win over the Lady Bears. A potentialgame-tying trey by Southwest guard Yolanda Grady hit just to theright of the rim as time expired.
Co-Lin moved to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in the South Division,while Southwest dropped to 3-14 and 1-8.
“We played flat tonight,” said Co-Lin Lady Wolves head coachGwyn Young. “We have yet to play a complete game this season.”
Co-Lin got off to a good start. Gloria Lewis, a 5-7 sophomorefrom Natchez, had the hot hand; scoring 10 points in the first 16minutes of the first half. The Lady Wolves led 23-13 at this point;their second double-digit lead of the night.
Backed by a pair of baskets from forward Travalyn Smith in thenext 4 minutes, the Lady Wolves took a comfortable 31-17 lead intothe halftime lockerroom.
Southwest, coached by Mark Swindle, committed 15 first-halfturnovers; including 11 in the opening 16 minutes.
Young’s ballclub continued to flex their muscles in the secondhalf. Kristian McCray, a 6-foot freshman from Brookhaven, authored8 points in the first 9 minutes of the second half. The Lady Wolvesheld their largest lead of the night at 15 points, 53-38, withunder 11 minutes left in the game.
That is when the Lady Bears went to work.
Southwest freshman guard Yolanda Grady, from Magnolia, went towork. She tossed in 10 of her team-high 22 points over the next 10minutes, as the Lady Bears went on a 22-9 run. Her basket with 2:03left in the game cut their deficit to 2 points, 62-60.
During the Lady Bears run, Co-Lin had 7 miscues and missed keyshots to slow Southwest.
Lewis sacked 1-of-2 free throws with 1:32 left on the clock, torealize the margin of victory.
Smith, a 5-11 sophomore from Union Church, paced the Lady Wolveswith 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals. Lewis added 11 points, 2steals and 3 assists.
Co-Lin committed 14 turnovers, while Southwest had 21. The LadyBears held 32-29 edge on the backboards.