Subs boost Lady Wolves

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, January 27, 2009

>WESSON – Co-Lin women’s basketball coach Gwyn Young has saidall season that he has a great bench. Monday night in MullenGymnasium, they came through in the clutch.

Co-Lin reserve guard Latoria Holder powered the Lady Wolves with17 points on their way to a big 80-53 South Division win over thePearl River Lady Wildcats.

Holder, a 5-8 freshman from Lumberton, also collected 5rebounds, had 7 assists and made 4 steals.

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The Co-Lin women, ranked No. 9 in last week’s NJCAA poll, remainunbeaten at 6-0 in the division and are 17-1 on the season.

Pearl River, coached by Toby Bush, fielded just 8 players lastnight. The Lady Wildcats dropped to 1-5 in the division and 1-16 onthe season.

Co-Lin travels to East Central Thursday. The women begin play at6 p.m. followed by the men.

Young credited Pearl River with playing a tough zone in thefirst half.

“Pearl River moved real good on defense,” said Young after thewin. “They executed on offense, really moving the ball with so fewplayers. With about two minutes left in the first half, we got insome shots.”

The Lady Wolves made 6 of their 13 treys in the first half.Holder led the way with 3 treys and 11 of her 17 points. Wilbertscored her 9 points, including a trey followed, by Rachel Vigersand Rhonda Dumas with a 3-pointer apiece.

At the half, Co-Lin led Pearl River 36-30. Earlier in the game,Young was assessed a technical foul from referee Dana Ellis at the9:13 mark with Pearl River leading 15-14. Lady Wildcat CourtneyLacoste hit a free throw to put the visitors up 16-14. A minutelater, Co-Lin reserve Shasta Porter tied the game 16-all with fieldgoal.

In second half action, the Lady Wolves continued to build theirlead until they were leading by 10 points, 44-34, following a freethrow from Shrica Ward with 15:04 in the game. With 5 minutesremaining, Co-Lin’s Shareka Hunt went 2-for-3 from the free- throwline to push the Lady Wolves lead to 21 points, 66-45.

“It was a good win for us,” added Young. “We executed muchbetter in the second half.”

Vigers, a 5-9 freshman guard from Baton Rouge, finished with 10points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Dumas netted 9 points and led offthe backboards with 3 rebounds and made 3 steals.

Pearl River was led by Shondreak Lee and Jonneshia Pineda with10 points apiece.