Lady Wolves clinch South; Co-Lin men spank Hinds
WESSON -The Co-Lin Wolves and Lady Wolves collected a key pairof South Division wins over the Hinds Eagles Monday night in MullenGymnasium.
The Wolves put together a 66-54 win over the Eagles. The Co-Linwomen stopped Hinds 63-50 to secure the South Division title.
Co-Lin travels to Pearl River Thursday for the final divisiongames of the regular season. The women begin play at 6 p.m.
Co-Lin 63, Hinds 50
“I’m proud we won,” said Co-Lin women’s head basketball coachGwyn Young following the win. “But it was a sloppily played game.Our execution was awful. We need some people to give a bettereffort and be focused.”
At the half, the Lady Wolves (21-2, 10-1) were up 8-points,27-19.
Latoria Holder, a 5-8 freshman guard from Lumberton, was theleading scorer for Co-Lin with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 5assists.
At the 16:40 mark in the second half, Hinds had cut the deficitto 7 points, 33-26. Holder nailed a pair of free throws andfollowed up with 2 field goals and a trey to push the Lady Wolveslead to 42-28 with 15:13 remaining in the game.
“Holder had a good game,” complimented Young. “We weren’t reallyourselves tonight. Hopefully we will have Rachel Vigers back withus Thursday.”
Vigers, a 5-9 sophomore guard from Baton Rouge, was sick with avirus and did not make the game.
With the loss, Coach Micherlyn Smith’s Lady Eagles dropped to1-10 in the division and are 4-20 on the season.
Leading Hinds with 22 points and 6 rebounds was TiffanyWilliams, a 5-7 guard from Vicksburg.
Co-Lin 66, Hinds 54
In the second half, Hinds cut the deficit to 6 points, 56-50,with 6:10 left to play. Lewanski Newsome netted 4 consecutive freethrows to push the Wolves lead back to 10-points, 60-50, with 3:28remaining. Co-Lin never let Hinds get any closer the remainder ofthe game. Newsome finished the game with 9 points.
“We played two good halfs,” said Co-Lin men’s head basketballcoach Dennis Sims. The Wolves improved to 13-11 overall and are 7-4in the South, currently tied with Pearl River.
At halftime, Co-Lin led Hinds 36-27. The Eagles led briefly atthe start of the game but the Wolves took the lead, 6-4, with 18:10left in the first half and never let Hinds tie or lead again.
On the night, the Wolves were 16 of 20 from the free throw lineand the Eagles were 2 of 6 on the night.
“We are supposed to make our free throws,” added Sims.
Rob Wallace, a 5-8 guard from Baton Rouge, powered the Wolveswith 28 points (including 5 treys), 9 rebounds and 3 steals. TrentHutchin followed with 17 points. Dwayne Brown collected 6rebounds.
The Eagles, coached by Ralph Moore, fell to 8-14 on the seasonand 4-7 in the division.
Marion Ester led Hinds with 12 points. Following with 10 pointseach were Ananza Richardson, Jarrell Wilson and TristanMcGowan.