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Co-Lin Lady Wolves win; Bulldogs bite Co-Lin men

PERKINSTON – Center Lavasha Allen scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading the Co-Lin Lady Wolves to a 59-48 Thursday night win against the Gulf Coast Community College Lady Bulldogs. Forward Vintrice Briggs followed Allen with 16 points.

In the men’s game, Co-Lin authored a strong comeback but the Bulldogs prevailed 76-66.

Co-Lin hosts Jones County Monday for a South Division doubleheader starting with the women’s game at 6 p.m. in Mullen Gymnasium. The men’s game tips off at 8.

The Lady Wolves (15-3, 6-1) maintained their South Division lead with the convincing victory. Guard Chanta Poole scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in the win.

“The first half we didn’t rebound well and our defense was not tough enough,” Co-Lin women’s coach Gwyn Young pointed out. “In the second half we played better defense and rebounded ball well. Lavasha Allen had her best game of season.”

Allen, a 6-foot sophomore from New Iberia, La., helped the Lady Wolves limit Gulf Coast to 28 percent field goal shooting. They outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 43-42.

“It was a good win for us on the road against a very good team,” Young pointed out.

Gulf Coast led 32-29 at halftime.

The Wolves (4-14, 2-5) almost authored a second straight upset after knocking off Pearl River Monday night at Poplarville. They cut their deficit to four points, 68-64, with 69 seconds left in the game.

Coach Dennis Sims watched his Wolves shoot a cold 36 percent from the field compared to the Coast’s 52 percent.

Offensively, Chris Steverson carried Co-Lin with 16 points. Guard Joe Cunningham scored 14 points, Lamar Williams 11 and Jay Case 10.

The Bulldogs were powered by JaMichael Hawkins with 27 points and Chris Bilbo with 23.