Lady Wolves whip Hinds; Wolves bow to Bulldogs
WESSON – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves and Wolvesreturned home after a two week road tour to play their first homegame of 2012 Monday night in JUCO action at Mullen Gymnasium.
In the women’s game, the Lady Wolves (10-3, 3-0) crushed SouthDivision rival Hinds Lady Bulldogs 78-54.
In men’s action, the Bulldogs managed to hold off the Wolves in theclosing minutes and steal a 77-66 victory.
Co-Lin resumes action Thursday as they travel to Perkinston tobattle a South Division foe, the Gulf Coast Bulldogs. The women tipoff at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8.
Co-Lin 78, Hinds 54
The Lady Wolves howled to an early 11-0 lead in the opening minutesof the first half and set the cruise control to coast to thevictory.
Sophomore Keosha Bradley sparked the Lady Wolves with a team-high21 points. Jasmine James and Vintrice Briggs fueled the flames with10 points apiece. Jasmine Belton and Briggs were the leaders on theboards with 9 rebounds apiece.
“Overall, we shot the ball really well,” said Co-Lin women’s coachGwyn Young. “We startedthe game strong in the first and second half with our defensivepressure to force Hinds to turn over the ball and score on easytransition baskets.
“Keosha had a good game for us offensively,” continued Young.Belton and Briggs were big for us on the boards. But we still needto execute better on offense and stop opposing teams’ penetrationto the basket.”
The Lady Bulldogs (2-10, 0-3) were led in scoring by sophomoreguard Kenya Wright with a game-high 25 points.
Hinds 77, Co-Lin 66
The Wolves (5-8, 0-3) roared to an early 9-0 lead in the first3-minutes but the Bulldogs clawed their way back into the game tograb 36-33 halftime lead.
In the second half, the teams’ battle back and forth as Co-Linmanaged to trim Hinds lead to 1 point on several occasions andfinally captured a 7-point lead with 5 minutes left.
Hinds (3-9, 2-1) continued to fight back as they reclaimed the leadand held off Co-Lin’s late surge for the win.
Freshman center Fred Fairman directed the Wolves with a game-high22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Jay Case contributed 19 pointsand Anthony Davis added 11 points.
“Fred Fairman and Jay Case had a good game for us offensively,”said Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims. “Fred was big for us in thefirst half but had to sit due to early foul trouble. Case managedto get into his groove, after four early misses, to help keep thegame close.
“We still need to play better on defense and execute on offense,”continued Sims. “Except for (Chris) Miller, our bench did notproduce for us tonight. Overall, this was a bad loss for us.
The Bulldogs had three players reach double figures as CarloMcDonald and Trevis Welch led with 18 points apiece. Dominque Brownchipped in with 10.