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Co-Lin humbles Meridian

WESSON — The Co-Lin Wolves and Lady Wolves won a pair of bigSouth Division games over the Meridian Eagle teams Thursday nightin Mullen Gymnasium.

Freshman forward Erica Trahan recorded a double-double, 14points and 17 rebounds, to power the Co-Lin women to a 62-51 winover Meridian.

In the men’s matchup, sophomore guard Joe Holliday fired in agame-high 23 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to direct the Wolvesto a 62-50 victory over the Eagles.

Co-Lin travels to Poplarville to meet the Pearl River WildcatsMonday in another division doubleheader. The women’s game kicks offat 6 p.m. followed by the men.

Co-Lin 62, Meridian 51

The Co-Lin women (8-4, 4-0) picked up a 14-8 lead at the 9:52mark for their largest lead in the first half. The closest CoachHilary Allen’s Meridian team (10-5, 3-1) came was cutting thedeficit to 5 points, 30-25, at the half.

In the second half, the Lady Tigers cut the deficit to 3 pointsseveral times but could get no closer as the Lady Wolves respondedwith big plays to maintain and build on the lead in the final 3minutes of the game.

“At the end, we shot free throws pretty good,” said Co-Linwomen’s head coach Gwyn Young following the game. “Especially whenit was like a 3-point game.”

The Lady Wolves were 8 of 10 in the second half and finished 11of 15 on the night.

” Meridian has a good team.” compliment Young. “They have goodpost people. Their post people were averaging 16 to 17 points agame and double digits in rebounds.

“Some of our players did a good job at the end,” continuedYoung. “I was proud of them. We played hard. I was pleased with theway we played.”

Contributing to the win with 11 points was freshman NikkiWilliams. Alicia Kennedy netted 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.Dominique Whitfield collected 5 rebounds and Trahan led with 3steals. Whitney Scott had 6 assists.

Meridian was led by sophomore guard Carmelita Naylor with 13points. Scoring 11 points was Carla Latham followed by DanielleCooper and Courtney Wade with 10 apiece.

Co-Lin 62, Meridian 50

Co-Lin sophomore center Lamar Hall had the chance to competeagainst his young brother Jasper Hall who plays for Meridian. Bothare graduates of Brookhaven High and played together for thePanthers.

“It was kind of fun,” smiled Lamar Hall after the win. “But itwas about Co-Lin and Meridian. Jasper has really improved. I lovemy brother.”

The Wolves (8-4, 3-1) led most of the first half until theEagles (10-5, 2-2) tied the game 27-all at halftime.

Co-Lin went up 3 points, 32-29, at the 18:31 mark and neverlooked back. The hosts pulled away from the visitors and maintaineda 5-point or more lead until the end when the Wolves went up by 12points at the buzzer.

“Any conference win is exciting,” said Co-Lin men’s coach DennisSims. “The difference in the second half was we picked it up(defensively) and made it tougher for Meridian to get theirshots.

Cedric Anderson did a good job of defending No. 40 (StanleyTurner),” added Sims. “He did a good job stepping in with him.(Christian) Marshall gave us a good effort offensively.”

Following Holliday with 10 points and 5 rebounds was Marshall.Enoch fired in 9 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Making 6 stealsand 9 assists was Ivory Dishmon.

The Eagles, coached by George Brooks, was led by Jordan Paynewith 18 points. Jasper Hall followed with 14 points.