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Co-Lin defeats division rival Southwest

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin's Alexis Collins (15) scores over Southwest's Courtney Epring (4).

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin’s Alexis Collins (15) scores over Southwest’s Courtney Epring (4).

WESSON – The Co-Lin Wolves and the Lady Wolves were victorious over their archrivals, the Southwest Bears, Tuesday night in South Division JUCO basketball action at Mullins Gymnasium.

In the women’s game, the Lady Wolves continued their undefeated streak with a 77-55 win over the Lady Bears.

In mens’ action, the Wolves snapped a nine-game losing streak after knocking off the Bears 57-54.

Co-Lin resumes action today for more south division action as they travel to Meridian to take on the Meridian Eagles. The Women’s game will tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the mens’ contest at 7:30 p.m.

Southwest will be home Today and host the Jones County Bobcats. The women’s contest is schedule to start at 5:30, followed by the mens’ game.

Co-Lin 77, Southwest 55 

The Lady Wolves and the Lady Bears renewed their rivalry Tuesday night in Mullins Gymnasium as Co-Lin came out and quickly set the tone of the contest to gain a big lead before the Lady Bears rallied back to cut down Co-Lin’s to 24-20 with 3:44 left.

Co-Lin managed to regain their momentum and scored 10 of the next 13 points in the game to take a 34-23 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Co-Lin and Southwest continued to battle hard in a defensive contest as the Lady Wolves (14-0, 5-0) managed to increase their lead with a 16-4 push to take a comfortable 59-38 lead with 7:05 on the clock.

The Lady Bears (7-7, 3-2) were unable to come any closer than 15 points the rest of the way as the Lady Wolves won the second half 43-32 to secure the win.

Co-Lin had four players to score in double figures as Alexis Collins lead the charge with 16 points. Caroline Lumpkin contributed 12 points. Kelley Allen provided 11 points and was one of the leaders on the boards with six rebounds. Claresa Banks chipped in with 10 points. Toni Woods helped the on the boards with six rebounds and netted seven points.

Sherman and Teshia Jones led the Lady Bears with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Epting and Gabriella Cortez both scored six points. Madison Mault and Sherman lead on the boards with six rebounds each.

Co-Lin 57, Southwest 54 

In the mens’ contest, the Wolves and Bears gave their basketball fans an exciting thriller from start to finish.

DAILY LEADER / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin's Jadarius Haymer scores two of his team-high 17 points.

CO-LIN MEDIA / NATALIE DAVIS / Co-Lin’s Jadarius Haymer scores two of his team-high 17 points.

Southwest came out and took an early 4-0 lead, before Co-Lin fought back to tie the contest at 4-all with 18:14 left in the half.

With the game knotted at 22-22 in the first half, a pair of free throws and a three pointer made by Lafayette Rutledge put the Bears (6-7, 3-2) ahead 27-22 with 2:02 before the break. Co-Lin would answer back with a quick burst and reeled off the next seven points to take a 29-27 lead at intermission.

In the second half, the Bears would come out and scored the first seven points to take a 34-29 lead with 17:18 left in the game and held on to the advantage until Co-Lin (3-11, 1-4) took charge and claimed a 42-41 lead with 9:14 remaining.

After four lead changes and two ties, the Wolves remained in control with a 46-45 advantage with 7:43 to go.

With a 1:20 left in the game, the Wolves were nursing a 57-49 as the Bears made a last minute charge to cut Co-Lin’s lead down to 57-54 with 5 second left.

After Co-Lin missed a couple of free throws, the Bears had one last chance to keep the game going, but a last-second three-pointer was unsuccessful.

With the win, the Wolves ended a nine-game losing streak and earned their first win in division action

Jadarius Haymer pumped in a game-high 17 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead all scorers for Co-Lin. Terry Morris chipped in with 13 points. Co-Lin made five of 10 free throws. Donte Watson paced the Wolves on the boards with four rebounds.

Rutledge led three Bears in double figures with 13 points in the game. Trent Jeffries totaled 12 points and Xavion Dillon had 10. David Burrell and Dillon powered the Bears on the boars with eight rebounds.