Young honored; Co-Lin sweeps Coahoma
WESSON – Dedication of Gwyn Young Court in MullenGymnasium received a standing ovation from the partisan crowdMonday night. The Co-Lin men and women added icing to the cake,sweeping the Coahoma Community College Tigers.
Young, the highly successful women’s basketball coach at Co-Lin for35 years, received an appreciation plaque from Co-Lin president Dr.Ronnie Nettles. Young thanked his family, his players and hisfriends for helping him win 777 games. His Lady Wolves presentedhim with a 72-56 triumph over Coahoma, directed by Jasmine Jamesand Keosha Bradley with 19 and 13 points respectively.
In the men’s game, Co-Lin realized its first victory of the seasonas Jake Reed tossed in 20 points, Jay Case 16 and Marshun McGee 15,sparking the Wolves to a 76-67 triumph.
Co-Lin continues its homestand Thursday night, hosting theNorthwest Rangers for a twinbill, starting at 6 p.m.
The Lady Wolves (2-1) expanded a 34-23 halftime lead to 20 points,48-28, on a putback by Jasmine Belton who finished with 12 points.Coahoma (4-2) responded with a 10-0 run in the next fourminutes.
“I was getting worried,” said Young. “I was hoping we could wear (Tigers) down. They hadplayed on Friday and Saturday.”
Young said his team responded to the challenge. “Keosha played well andJasmine got some good baskets inside. It was a good win.”
Co-Lin responded with a 9-0 run to lead 57-38 on a corner trey fromChanta Poole with 10:49 left to play.
Seven rebounds by Vintrice Briggs helped Co-Lin outrebound Coahoma37-34.
Coahoma, coached by LaCole Brooks, got a game-high 21 points and 10rebounds from Ciara Morgan, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard fromSpringfield, Ill.
The Wolves (1-2) played their best game of the season and shot 51percent from the field. They outrebounded the Tigers 40-24,directed by Maurice Williams and Chavelle Bonner with 8 boardsapiece.
“After being 0-2 last week, we had to make some changes and playhard,” said Reed, a strong 6-3 sophomore from Brookhaven. “We wereknocking down shots. It was a team effort. We played together.”
Coahoma (4-2), coached by Ira Peterson, made a furious second-halfcomeback after being down 39-27 at halftime. The Tigers pulledwithin three points, 63-60, on a back-board shaking dunk by AlexThompson, and 7:10 left to play.
Co-Lin got 2 free throws from McGee and back-to-back treys fromCase to give the Wolves some breathing room at 71-60.
“Our guys played hard for 40 minutes and they shot the ball well,”said Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims, reviewing his team’s firstwin. “Jay hit two big threes and Jake shot the ball well.
“Chevelle Bonner played really physical and got us some rebounds,”Sims added.
Bonner, a 6-5 freshman from Waynesboro, finished with 8 rebounds.Maurice Williams also had 8 boards.
The Tigers got 20 pointseach from 6-2 freshman Alex Thompson of Jackson and 6-foot sophomore guard RamoneWesley of Cleveland. Wesley sacked 6 of 7 from beyond the arc.