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Lady Wolves roar past Baton Rouge; Co-Lin falls to Northwest Rangers

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin's Arnissayur Robinson (33) and Claresa Banks (14) look to trap Baton Rouge's Lanae Bickham (20) in the Southwest Coca Cola Classic Tournament.

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin’s Arnissayur Robinson (33) and Claresa Banks (14) look to trap Baton Rouge’s Lanae Bickham (20) in the Southwest Coca Cola Classic Tournament.

SUMMIT – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves secured a sweep in the Southwest Coca Cola Classic Tournament Tuesday afternoon as they defeated the Baton Rouge Lady Bears 72-46 in women’s JUCO basketball action.

In the men’s game, the Northwest Rangers’ second half rally ended the Wolves’ two game winning streak with a disappointing 86-70 loss.

The Lady Wolves (5-0), coached by Gwyn Young, resume action this Saturday as they prepare to host the Delgado Lady Dolphins, starting at 2 p.m.

The Wolves (2-3), coached by Kenny Bizot, will be looking to climb back into the win column as they welcome the Delgado Dolphins to Mullen’s Gymnasium. The men’s contest will follow the women’s game.

Lady Wolves 72, Baton Rouge 46 

The Lady Wolves came out ready play Tuesday afternoon as they quickly took care of business against Baton Rouge. Co-Lin overpowered the Lady Bears in the first half to take a 41-20 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Wolves and Lady Bears provided a exciting defensive battle, but Co-Lin answered the challenge to outscored Baton Rouge 31-26 to secured the win.

Claresa Banks pumped in a game-high double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Wolves. Tyra Gibson chipped in with 13 points and Jamilah Sanders contributed 10 points. Kelley Allen provided assistance on the boards with 9 rebounds and added 9 points.

Anitara Whitfield was the top scorer for the Louisiana-based Lady Bears with 15 points. Octavia Lawdins led on the boards with 8 rebounds and provided 8 points.

DAILY LEADER / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin's Lucas Burris (21) looks to score over Northwest's David McKnight(23).

DAILY LEADER / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin’s Lucas Burris (21) looks to score over Northwest’s David McKnight(23).

Northwest 86, Co-Lin 70 

The Wolves and Rangers battled back-and-fourth in a defensive bout in the first half as Co-Lin managed to carry a 36-32 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Rangers rallied back to take over the lead with a 13-2 run to start the second half and build a 47-38 lead.

The Rangers turned up their defensive pressure, forcing 17 turnovers and swatting seven shots in the second half alone en route to a season-high 12 in the game.

Co-Lin would never recover as the Rangers stretched their lead to a game-high 25 with 1:43 to play.

Four Rangers finished in double figures, led by Courtney Shannon with 17 points and five rebounds. Sharrwtn McGee followed with 16 and six rebounds, Keith Broome Jr added 15 points, De’Sean Dockery had 10 points.

Terry Morris was the offensive leader on the floor for the Wolves with 14 points. Donte’ Watson chipped in with 11 points and had six rebounds. Lucas Burris helped to lead on the boards with six rebounds and scored eight points.