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Co-Lin men upset Pearl River; Lady Wolves howl

POPLARVILLE – Sparked by Tim Harrison’s points and Jay Case’s 19, the Co-Lin Wolfpack shot out the lights Monday night and upset No. 25-ranked Pearl River Community College 83-69 in a South Division showdown. Joe Cunningham added 14 points and Lamar Williams 11 to the triumph.

In the women’s game, Co-Lin improved its South Division lead with a 67-49 romp past the Lady Wildcats. They were directed by Vintrice Briggs with 14 points and Chanta Poole with 13.

Co-Lin continues South Division action Thursday night at Gulf Coast in Perkinston. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8.

The Wolves (4-13, 2-4) won at Poplarville for the first time in four years. They shot 56 percent from the field compared to PRCC’s 33 percent.

“We shot the ball well,” said Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims. “We started the game off making shots and continued making them. We defended well enough to win. Fred Fairman played really well defensively.”

Cunningham hit two straight treys to start the game and the Wildcats (14-2, 5-1) never recovered.

Williams, who missed last Thursday’s game due to a concussion sustained Jan. 21, against East Central, grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds in the win.

The Wildcats got 16 points from Xavian Rimmer. Co-Lin snapped PRCC’s 10-game winning streak.

The Lady Wolves (14-3, 5-1) howled to a 33-11 halftime lead. They shot 43 percent from the field.

“We had a very good first half on defense, holding Pearl River to 11 percent shooting from the field,” Co-Lin women’s coach Gwyn Young pointed out. “Our 3/4 court press was very good and we made numerous steals or made them turn the ball over. Our offense was above average the first half because of good defense. We also rebounded the ball well.

“We need to continue to get more consistent on offense.”

The Lady Wildcats (5-9, 2-4) got 12 points from Kalisha Washington. For the game, they shot a cold 24 percent from the field.