Wolves feast on East Central
WESSON – The Co-Lin Wolves and Lady Wolvesswept the East Central Warriors for a pair of South Divisionvictories Thursday night in JUCO action at Mullen Gymnasium.
In the women’s game, the Lady Wolves (12-3, 5-0) edged the LadyWarriors for a 61-58 win as Jasmine James and Keosha Bradley hittwo big shots to keep Co-Lin perfect in division action.
In men’s action, the Wolves (6-9, 1-4) snapped a 4-game losingstreak as they thumped the Warriors 90-59 to capture the first winof the new year and a key South Division victory.
Co-Lin resumes action Monday as they travel to Ellisville to battlethe Jones County Bobcats to close out the first half of divisionplay. The women tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8.
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The Lady Wolves and Warriors got off to a late start due to shotclock technical problems. East Central managed to capitalize off ofthe extra shoot around to surprise Co-Lin early and grabbed a10-point advance. The Lady Wolves battled back to trim the LadyWarriors’ lead to 26-25 at halftime.
In the second half, East Central and Co-Lin continued their battleas the teams swapped leads. The Lady Wolves managed to grab a 47-42lead with less than 4 minutes left, but the Lady Warriors ralliedto tie the game at 58-all in the final minute.
Co-Lin continued to apply defensive pressure on East Central asJames banked in a 1-footer to give the Lady Wolves a 60-58 leadwith 24 seconds remaining. East Central managed to cross half courtagainst Co-Lin pressure but Bradley captured a big steal at the topof the key with 3 second left and was fouled on the play. Bradleycashed in one of two free throws to preserve the win.
Sophomore guard Keosha Bradley directed the Lady Wolves with ateam-high 15 points. Jasmine James provided a double-double with 14points and 10 rebounds. Jasmine Belton contributed 11 points.
“Overall, we rebounded the ball really well,” said Co-Lin women’scoach Gwyn Young. “We did not handle the ball well, but our defensehelped us stay in the game. This was a big South Division win,especially since we were home. We still need to work on ourshooting and moving the ball around to create open shots.”
The Lady Warriors (2-12, 2-3) had three players to reach doublefigures as Ja’Monica Orton led with 16 points. Jaianah Matthewchipped in with 12 points and Kelcia Bufkin added 11.
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The Wolves came out the gates on fire as they quickly grabbed adouble-digit lead on the Warriors and coasted to a 40-24 lead athalftime.
In the second half, Co-Lin continued to provide an offensive showfor the basketball fans as they orchestrated a 50-35 run over thestruggling Warriors to secure the win.
The Wolves had five players to pour in double figures as freshmanJay Case and sophomore Mike Buffalo led with 16 points apiece.Anthony Davis contributed 14 points. Fred Fairman provided adouble-double performance as he collected 12 points and 11rebounds. Chris Miller chipped with 11 points. Maurice Williamshelped on the boards, collecting 10 rebounds.
“This was a very big win for us,” said Co-Lin men’s coach DennisSims. “We had balanced scoring from everyone and our benchcontributed big numbers. Buffalo and Miller had a good nightscoring. Case shot well and Anthony Davis had a big night at pointguard. Overall, it was a great team effort.”
Freshman Hakeem Wesley pumped in a game-high 17 points to lead theWarriors (1-13, 1-4). Jontrae Conley contributed 11 points.