McCoy’s tip-in saves Wolves; Co-Lin women escape upset

Published 7:12 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2011

PERKINSTON – Freshman Jamaal McCoy tipped in the game-winnerwith 2.2 seconds left on the clock to lift the Co-Lin Wolves to a63-62 South Division Monday night win against South Division leaderMississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs. The Wolfpack improves to 9-10overall, 5-5 in the division and remains in the hunt for theplayoffs. The Bulldogs fall to 14-6, 7-2 in the division.

In the women’s game, Co-Lin’s Lady Wolves overcame poor shooting totake a 60-54 South Division win over the upset-minded MississippiGulf Coast Lady Bulldogs, led by Sedreka Plummer’s 13 points and 8rebounds. Co-Lin runs their record to 18-1 overall and 10-0 in thedivision. Gulf Coast falls to 14-7 and 5-5 in the division.

Co-Lin hosts Coahoma for a non-division game Thursday. The LadyWolves tip off at 6 followed by the men’s contest.

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Co-Lin 63, Gulf Coast 62

Co-Lin took possession of the ball with 14.3 seconds remaining.After working the clock down, Marcus Hooten shot a 10-footer fromthe baseline that bounced off the rim. McCoy tipped in the missgiving the Wolfpack a 63-62 lead with 2.2 second. The Bulldogs hadan opportunity to score, but the inbounds pass went out of boundsas time expired.

Freshman Jake Reed got the Wolfpack off to a good start, scoring 10points in the first 7 minutes of the game as Co-Lin built a 30-22lead at halftime.

“Jake Reed had a really big first half for us,” said Co-Lin men’scoach Dennis Sims. “TJ Kosile hit five of six field goal and reallyplayed well.

“Our kids played well defensively,” Sims continued. “We had aletdown in the second half but we managed to hang on. We made 11 of14 free throws and that was important.”

Hooten drove inside for the would-be winning points and McCoyrebounded the miss to clinch the win.

The Bulldogs had edged the Wolves on a last-second buzzer-beaterfrom downtown Wesson on Jan. 13.

Gulf Coast went on a 19-2 run in the first 3:40 of the second halfto take a 41-32 lead.

But the Wolfpack fought back and tied the game at 61-all on 2Hooten free throws with 1:18 remaining. Justin Childs hit 1-of-2free throws to put Gulf Coast up 62-61 at the 1:02 mark.

Hooten led Co-Lin with a game-high 23 points, 19 coming in thesecond half. Sophomore T.J. Kosile came off the bench and scored 15points. McCoy posted a double-double with 11 points and 10rebounds. Reed finished with 10 points.

Raymond Cintron was the lone Bulldog in double figures with 18points. Ice Asortse led off the backboards with 13 rebounds.

Co-Lin 60, Gulf Coast 54

The Lady Wolves shot a dismal 28 percent (21-75) from the field.After leading 23-18 at the half, Co-Lin didn’t score a field goalin the second half until the 11:30 mark. Meanwhile, the LadyBulldogs went on a 17-4 run taking a 35-27 lead.

“We didn’t rebound the ball well and we didn’t execute on offense,”said Co-Lin Coach Gwyn Young. “Alexus Sturgis hit a big three fromthe corner when we were up just one (point). It was good to get awin on the road.”

The Lady Wolves fought back tying the game at 36-all on a KiaraEtienne trey. Co-Lin led by as many as 6, but Gulf Coast rallied totake a 47-46 lead.

Plummer hit 2 free throws to give the Lady Wolves a 48-47 lead withjust over 2 minutes left in the game.

Freshman Keosha Bradley went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe in thefinal 42 seconds of the game. Brandi Simmons came up with 2 keyrebounds in the final 20 seconds to seal the win..

Bradley and Etienne chipped in 10 points apiece. Simmons led offthe backboards with 12 rebounds. Bradley dished out 5assists.

Leading the Lady Bulldogs was Brianna Blunt with 13 points and 10rebounds. Nicole Edwards added 11 points.