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Baton Rouge stomps Co-Lin

BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Bears and Lady Bears swept a pair of basketball games from Co-Lin Monday night in JUCO basketball action.

In the women’s game, the Lady Bears overpowered the Lady Wolves 80-66. In men’s action, Baton Rouge secured a 56-49 victory over Co-Lin

Co-Lin resumes action Thursday as they prepare to host the Delgado Dolphins and Lady Dolphins. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8.

Baton Rouge 80, Co-Lin 66

Sophomore forward Jessica Wilson directed the Lady Wolves (1-2) with team high 17 points and five rebounds. Tyra Gibson contributed 13 points and Claresa Banks had 12 points.

“We played sloppy defensively,” said Co-Lin women coach Gwyn Young. “In the first half, we came out flat and struggled to get things going, but the last five minutes before halftime we managed to pick it up and played well.

“In the second half, we managed to fight our way back in the contest, but towards the end we just could not guard. We allowed them too many easy baskets and we failed to make our shots. Overall, Baton Rouge played hard and well. They deserve the win. We just need to raise our game to a different level.”

Rosa Bryant led four Louisiana-based Lady Bears in double-figures with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds. Ashley Williams chipped in with 21 points. Kasiney Walker provided 12 points and Kaylynn Walker had 11 points.

Baton Rouge 56, Co-Lin 49

Sophomore Chris Steverson was the offensive leader for the Wolves with a game-high 15 points. Terry Morris added 12 points. James Terrance paced Co-Lin on the board with five rebounds.

“We played terrible in the first half,” said Co-Lin men’s coach Kenny Bizot. “In the second half, we played a lot better but struggled to bounce back from our terrible first half. We just did not play with the intensity and hustle we need to be competitive last night.”

Brian Sylvester was the top scored for the Bears with 12 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Rankin Phillips contributed 11 points and four rebounds