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Lady Wolves cruise; Pearl River clips Co-Lin men in OT

POPLARVILLE — The No. 10 ranked Co-Lin Lady Wolves remainundefeated in the South Division after dropping the Pearl RiverLady Wildcats 60-43 Monday night. The Lady Wolves improve to 8-1 onthe season and 2-0 in the South Division. Pearl River falls to 2-4and 0-1 in the South Division.

Leading the Lady Wolves was sophomore Brandi Simmons with 11points, 8 of them in the second half. Paige Webster came off thebench to score 10 points. Kiara Etienne and Keosha Bradley added 9points apiece. Simmons led off the backboards with 7rebounds.

“We played pretty well,” said Co-Lin coach Gwyn Young. “We didn’texecute well early on offense because we missed some easy shots.Overall, I was pleased to win on the road and our bench did a goodjob.”

After the game was tied at 6-all in the opening minutes of thefirst half, Coach Young’s Lady Wolves took control and never lookedback. Co-Lin led 34-21 at halftime and led by as many as 21 pointsin the second half.

Kenyatta Epps was the only Pearl River player in double figureswith a game-high 14 points.

The Lady Wolves shot 44 percent in the game and scored 17 pointsoff 23 Lady Wildcat turnovers. Co-Lin had 7 steals and 10 assistsin the game.

PRCC’s men (9-0, 1-0), the defending MACJC state champions, areranked No. 7 in the latest NJCAA Top 25 Division I men’s basketballpoll. The Wildcats battled Co-Lin to a 62-62 deadlock in regulationand outscored the Wolves 20-10 in the 5-minute overtime.

The Wildcats got 31 points and 18 rebounds from Emil Jones as hescored 11 overtime points. Kentari Nettels added 14 points andPhillip Crawford 13.

Co-Lin (4-5, 1-1), coached by Dennis Sims, was led by MarcusHooten’s 26 points. Playmaker Earnest Wafer had 16 points and 10rebounds, plus 6 assists and steals. Antonio Holmes tossed in 13points.

“This is probably the best game we’ve playec this year,” said Sims.”For 40 minutes, we didn’t make as many turnovers as we did in thepast.

“We outrebounded them and our kids made some good shots,” Simsadded. “Our main idea was not to let Pearl River shove us around.”We had to intentionally foul them in overtime.”

Pearl River closes out the pre-Christmas holiday portion of itsschedule Thursday when Delgado (La.) visits for women’s (5 p.m.)and men’s (7 p.m.) contests. PRCC and Copiah-Lincoln eye MACJCSouth Division rematches Monday, Jan. 31, in Wesson.

Co-Lin hosts Delgado Tuesday, Dec. 14, starting with the women’sgame at 6 p.m. in Mullen Gymnasium.