Bullock leads sluggish Lady Wolves over N’east

Published 6:00 am Monday, January 7, 2008

WESSON — Reisha Bullock reflected the mindset of most of herteammates in Mullen Gymnasium. Despite a 78-56 Thursday nightvictory over Northeast Community College and a 16-point personalperformance, Bullock wasn’t satisfied.

“I was sluggish and we were all sluggish,” explained Bullock.She and her teammates were making their first 2008 appearance andplaying their first game since Dec. 11.

Improving their record to 9-1 on the season, the Co-Lin LadyWolves shot a sharp 47 percent from the field. They led the 3-7Lady Tigers 37-25 at halftime.

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“We didn’t knock down the easy shots but we made a few goodplays,” said Bullock, a 5-foot-9 sophomore from Kenner, La. Sheplayed her freshman season at Iowa Western which, like Co-Lin,advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kan.

“We almost got to play Co-Lin but Jefferson County (Mo.) beatus,” said Bullock. “I like Co-Lin a lot. Everybody comes to thegames and supports us.”

Bullock said she has seen steady improvement in the Lady Wolveswho were minus 5 starters and 6 of their top 8 players from lastseason’s 30-5 team that placed sixth in the national tourney.

“Our team is starting to mature,” said Bullock. “We are makingsmarter decisions and we are more patient on offense.”

Co-Lin begins South Division play next week, hosting Pearl RiverMonday.

Following Bullock was sophomore forward Alisha Mason with 11points. When Mason made a steal and cashed in a layup, she wasfouled and slid head-first into the wall behind the goal, bumpingher head. That play pushed Co-Lin’s lead to 15 points, 56-41, with10:01 remaining.

On the backboards, Co-Lin held an impressive 40-25 advantage.Directing the boardwork were sophomore Shalenia Wilcher andfreshman Yashunda Williams with 7 rebounds apiece.

“It was a good game for us, coming back from the holidays,” saidCo-Lin women’s coach Gwyn Young. “We still made a lot of mistakesbut we were able to use a lot of subs. You can win most of the timewhen you shoot 47 percent,” from the field.

At the free throw line, Co-Lin shot a sharp 70 percent.

Young said his 17th-ranked squad would be severely tested byseveral South Division opponents, starting with Pearl River. “Iknow Pearl River, Southwest and Meridian only have one loss andEast Central (ranked 10th)) is undefeated.”

Northeast, under the direction of veteran Ricky Ford, had lost anarrow 62-59 decision to Co-Lin on Dec. 8, at Booneville. This timethe Lady Tigers were unable to get their act together in foreignterritory.

They were led by 5-11 sophomore Erica Grayson of Corinth with agame-high 19 points. Eboni Crayton, a 5-10 freshman forward fromMcNairy (Tenn.) followed with 11 points.

Wolf Tails: In the first half, Co-Lin’s KylaThomas realized a rare 4-point play. She was fouled while making a3-point field goal. The 5-7 freshman guard from Boutte, La., cashedin the free throw and Co-Lin led 17-11.