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Lady Wolves whip E. Central

WESSON — The East Central Lady Warriors came into Mondaynight’s game averaging 80 points or better against their opponents.The Co-Lin Lady Wolves shut down the potent Lady Warrior offenseand handed the visitors a 73-50 South Division loss in MullenGymnasium.

Co-Lin, ranked No. 12 this week nationally, improved to 3-0 indivision play and 13-1 on the season. East Central tell to 1-2 indivision action and 9-4 overall.

Co-Lin travels to Meridian Thursday for another division test.The women begin play at 6 p.m. followed by the men.

The Lady Wolves jumped on the Lady Warriors 8-0 in the firstquarter. East Central finally got on the scoreboard with its firstfield goal with 16:40 on the clock by guard Andrea Dubose. At the7:23 mark, Co-Lin went up by 10 points, 23-13, on a basket fromguard Whitney Scott. At halftime, the Lady Wolves maintained a9-point, 37-28, lead.

“In the first half, we played OK,” said Co-Lin women’s coachGwyn Young after the win. “In the second half, we rebounded better.We got some easy shots. We shot the ball well.”

The Lady Wolves were leading the Lady Warriors by 9 points,50-41, when East Central hit a cold spell at the 11:35 mark. Co-Lincommanded a 56-41 lead at the 6:40 mark, before forward ValerieHarris broke the East Central cold spell with a field goal.

With 4:05 left to play, Co-Lin center Erica Trahan scored on aputback to give the hosts a 21-point, 65-44, lead.

Sophomore guard Nikki Williams of White Castle, La., powered theLady Wolves with 20 points, 6 steals and 6 assists. Coming off thebench to score 18 points and block 2 shots was freshman forwardAlisha Mason from Ruth (Enterprise). Mason was named The DAILYLEADER’s Most Valuable Player on the 2006 All-Lincoln County GirlsBasketball Team.

“Alisha had a really good game,” praised Young. “Nikki Williamsplayed real good, too.”

Contributing to the Co-Lin win with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8steals was Trahan.

East Central, coached by Billy Smith, got 13 points from Harris.Netting 11 points was Tanesha Brown.