Co-Lin Wolves sweep Mississippi Delta
WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln was able to extract a measure of revenge from Delta on Monday night in Wesson, as the Wolves swept the Trojans in men’s and women’s basketball action after dropping two games at Delta in early November. All 14 Lady Wolves who dressed out made it into the stat sheet by scoring in Co-Lin’s 84-55 win over the Lady Trojans. The Co-Lin men had a closer game, but were able to hit a big shot in the final moments to give them an 81-77 victory over Delta.
Coach Gwyn Young was not a happy man when his Lady Wolves (4-2) started the game. Co-Lin would come out misfiring from the 3-point line and Delta (5-3) turned their misses into easy transition points. Young called a timeout with 11:21 remaining in the first half and his team trailing 12-3. Freshman guard Claresa Banks soon made sure that Young wouldn’t have anything to be upset about the rest of the night as she turned into a one woman wrecking crew in the last 10 minutes of the half. Banks would score 16 points over that time and Co-Lin would close the half on a 34-to-10 run to take a 37-22 lead into halftime.
The second half would see the Lady Wolves clear the bench and the Co-Lin substitutes did not let up as they continued to pour it on Delta. The Co-Lin bench totaled 37 points in the game. Banks led Co-Lin with 20 points. Ashley Minor chipped in 14 points for Co-Lin. Delta was led in scoring by Ashanti Spencer with 13 points.
In their opening game of the season the Co-Lin men fell 63-57 at Delta when the Trojans hit big shots and free throws down the stretch to hold onto a close win. The Wolves would put the shoe on the other foot Monday night as they fought to seize a late lead and then made big plays so that they would never relinquish it.
Co-Lin (2-4)seized control of the game in the first five minutes after halftime. Delta (5-4) held a 35-32 lead at the break, but just four minutes into the second half Co-Lin had seized a 48-47 lead after a monster dunk by Co-Lin’s Jordan Lumpkins. Dunks by Lumpkins, Eric Smith, and LaJustin Anderson had Co-Lin surging and the home crowd screaming for more.
A 3-pointer made by Co-Lin’s Ricky Kelly with 11:38 left in the game gave Co-Lin a 53-51 lead and the Wolves would never surrender it. Co-Lin would eventually push their second half lead to 11, but Delta would not go away and with 37 seconds left the game was tied at 77.
Co-Lin head coach Kenny Bizot called a timeout and set up a play with 13 seconds remaining on the shot clock and 37 seconds remaining on the game clock. The Wolves would not get the look they wanted and with two seconds left on the shot clock it appeared that they may turn it over without attempting a shot. Co-Lin sophomore guard Chris Steverson took a handoff from his teammate Anthony Davis and launched a deep 3-pointer in front of the Co-Lin bench. His shot swished through the net as the shot clock buzzer sounded and the lead was now 80-77 for Co-Lin. Co-Lin was able to successfully defend a tying attempt by Delta and the Wolves had sealed up a gutty victory in a most exciting fashion.
Steverson led Co-Lin with 15 points. Davis chipped in 10 points, Lumpkins scored 12, and Michael Vardaman came off the bench to score a career high 14 for Co-Lin. Delta was led by James Evans with a game-high 20 points.
The Wolves and Lady Wolves return to action on Thursday, Dec. 5, when they travel to Gulf Coast to open MACJC South Division play against the Bulldogs. The women tip off at 6 p.m. with the men’s game to follow. Listen live at www.colinathletics.com or on WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.