Wolves muzzle Bulldogs; Co-Lin women stumble

Published 6:00 am Friday, February 11, 2005

PERKINSTON — Co-Lin sophomore guard Ledell Eackles pumped in 21points, made 4 steals and had 6 assists in powering the Wolves to akey 87-69 South Division win over the Gulf Coast Bulldogs Thursdaynight.

In the women’s game, the Lady Wolves dropped a 57-48 decision tothe Lady Bulldogs.

Co-Lin 87, Gulf Coast 69

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The Wolves(15-6, 9-1) shot 56 percent from the floor in thefirst half to give the visitors a 13-point, 50-37, lead over GulfCoast.

“We really shot the ball well in the first half,” said Co-Linmen’s head coach Dennis Sims. “Joe Holliday, Dexter Middleton andLedell Eackles shot a sizzling 15 of 22 from the floor in the firsthalf.”

The Wolves played team defense against the Bulldogs in thesecond half to preseve the win.

“Defensively, we made it extremely difficult for the Bulldogs torun their offense,” added Sims. “It’s not any one player performingdefensively, but our whole team. Tonight’s 23 assists was a seasonhigh.”

Adding support to the Co-Lin win with 18 points, 8 rebounds and6 assists was Dexter Middleton. Holliday netted 17 points and had 4assists. Tremaine Enoch and Arvel Keys grabbed 6 reboundsapiece.

Leading Gulf Coast with 13 points each were Garland Stewart andA.J. Magee. J.T. Fields and Courtney Brown finished with 12 pointsapiece. Stewart led off the backboards with 9 rebounds.

Gulf Coast 57, Co-Lin 48

The Lady Wolves (13-8, 6-4) struggled in the first half with theLady Bulldogs but still held a 29-25 edge over the hosts.

“We missed 6 free throws that could have made a good first halffor us,” said Co-Lin women’s head coach Gwyn Young. “Defensively,we were good in the first half with a few exceptions.”

According to Young, the Lady Wolves struggled offensively in thesecond half, only scoring 19 points and missing many easyopportunities. The score was 38-38 and Co-Lin didn’t score for 6minutes and 49 seconds.

“Our effort was fair but we need to have some consistent outsideshooting to go with our inside game. (We were 6 of 30 shootingoutside the lane) You can win games against good teams on the roadwith that kind of shooting.”

Sophomore forward Crystal Brown directed Co-Lin with 13 points,6 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists. Travalyn Smith netted 11points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 steals.

Gail Weary paced Gulf Coast with 13 points and 3 rebounds.

“We have to put this game behind us and get ready for Meridianon Monday,” added Young.