Co-Lin Lady Wolves in title game

Published 6:00 am Friday, March 3, 2006

SENATOBIA — The Co-Lin Lady Wolves eliminated the Meridian LadyEagles 64-54 Wednesday afternoon, powered by guard Ashley Murphy’s16 points. That set up a championship game tonight with Co-Lin(18-6) and the Northeast Lady Tigers at 6 p.m. for the MACJCWomen’s State Tournament title.

In the other women’s semifinals game, Northeast put awayNorthwest 75-57.

Men’s semifinals action saw Holmes clip Pearl River 81-79 andNo. 2-ranked Northwest hold off Itawamba for a 70-68 victory.

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In the men’s title game at 8, Northwest (26-1) faces Holmes.

Co-Lin 64, Meridian 54

“In the first half, we started out with good intensity, but wedidn’t execute well on offense” said Co-Lin women’s basketballcoach Gwyn Young. “We did have good bench play with out postplayers getting in foul trouble (Anna Autman had 3, DominiqueWhitfield 2 and Erica Traham 2).

“Meridian got ahead of us by 9 in the first half but we cameback with Ashley Murphy hitting 3 treys and Trahan with 8points.”

At halftime, Meridian held a slim 1-point, 30-29, lead overCo-Lin.

“In the second half, we stepped up our half-court defense andour post players did a good job inside. In the last 7 minutes ofthe game, we held Meridian to only 7 points to win by 10.”

In the second half, Murphy had 7 points, Williams 7 points,Jennifer Carter 6, and Laquita Ard 6.

“We played with a lot of effort and heart,” added Young.

The leading scorer for the Lady Wolves was Murphy who finishedwith 16 points and 3 rebounds. Trahan netted 12 points, grabbed 10rebounds and made 4 steals. Finishing with 11 points, 6 reboundsand 3 assists was Williams. Whitfield was tops off the backboardswith 12 rebounds.

Directing the Lady Eagles with 15 points and 15 rebounds wasCourtney Wade. Danielle Cooper fired in 11 points and pulled down10 rebounds. Netting 10 points was Carla Latham.