Bullock leads Lady Wolves

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, February 5, 2008

WESSON — Co-Lin sophomore guard Reisha Bullock had her bestgame of the season Monday night. Bullock, a 5-9 product of Kenner,La., exploded for game-high 27 points, including 4 treys, to powerthe Lady Wolves to an important 62-57 South Division win againstthe Southwest Lady Bears in Mullen Gymnasium Bullock also had 4rebounds and made 3 steals.

The win avenged a 67-58 loss Co-Lin suffered at the hands ofSouthwest Jan. 10 at Summit. Bullock was held scoreless in thatgame.

With the win, Co-Lin improves to 5-4 in the division and 14-5 onthe season. Southwest drops to 5-4 in division play and 13-5overall.

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Co-Lin entertains East Central Thursday night in another keydivision game. The women begin play at 6 p.m. followed by themen.

“It was a game we needed to win,” said Co-Lin women’s coach GwynYoung after the victory. “Any win we can get right now is good. Itwas a home game we needed to win against a good team.”

The game was close in the early minutes as Southwest cutCo-Lin’s lead to 7-5 on a jumper by Whitley Wilcher with 16:51 leftin the first half. Then the Lady Bears hit a cold spell and did notscore again until the 10:37 mark with Co-Lin leading 18-7 followinga trey by Shalenia Wilcher.

Southwest chipped away at the Co-Lin lead and cut the deficit to6 points, 29-23, at halftime. The Lady Wolves were 3 of 4 from thefree throw line while the Lady Bears struggled, netting 2 of 9.

“Our effort was really good,” said Southwest women’s coach MarkSwindle. “We didn’t put the ball in the basket. We turned it overwhen they half-court pressed us. Co-Lin has a really goodteam.”

Southwest came back and exchanged the lead several times withCo-Lin down the stretch. The Lady Bears led the Lady Wolves by onepoint, 45-44, when Bullock hit a field goal and a free throw for athree-point play that gave the hosts a 47-45 lead. Southwest neverheld the lead or tied the game the remainder of the contest.

With 3:03 remaining in the game, Southwest’s Crystal Thompsonnailed a 3-pointer to cut Co-Lin’s lead to 2 points, 55-53.Sophomore forward Kristin Ellis converted a free throw for thehosts, followed by freshman forward Rhonda Dumas’ layup and a 58-53lead. With 1:03 left to play, Bullock nailed her fourth 3-pointerto give the Lady Wolves a 61-54 lead.

Adding support to Co-Lin’s win was Ellis with 9 points and 5rebounds.

For Southwest, sophomore forward Erin Brabham of McComb led with15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kimberly Griffin fired in 12points and led off the backboards with 10 rebounds. Hope Swindlefinished with 9 points and 6 rebounds, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 3assists.