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Co-Lin falls short against MS Delta

MOORHEADThe Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves narrowed the Trojans lead to just five points in the final minute of play Monday night, but were unable to overcome the deficit as Mississippi Delta continued to knock down their free throws to secure the 88-82 victory.

The road loss moves the Wolves to 4-3 on the season as the team prepares for South Division play beginning next week.

The action was back and forth in the early minutes of the contest before the Trojans rattled off three consecutive three-pointers to extend their lead to 12 with 7:01 remaining in the opening half. Co-Lin continued to battle late in the half, but struggled to cut into the Trojan’s lead as they continued to find the net.

Early in the second half the three ball continued to haunt the Wolves as Mississippi Delta leapt to a 19-point lead after netting back to back three-pointers. Co-Lin refused to go away as freshman Darrian Wilson made several threes of his own to claw the Wolves to within 10 points with 10:53 remaining. In the final two minutes of action Jonathan “Biscuit” Floyd led the Wolves on a short scoring spree that left the Trojans with just a five-point advantage. With just 47 seconds remaining, Co-Lin had to resort to fouling in effort to regain possession, but the Trojans made five of their last six free throws to pull the game out of reach.

Floyd led the Wolves in scoring and assists with 22 and nine respectively. Vincent Phillips added another 16 points and a team high eight rebounds, while Darrian Wilson had 15 points and three rebounds off the bench. Tyrell McArthur finished the night with nine points and five rebounds.

Jabarie Escoffery and Xa’Vaier Jones led the Trojans with 22 points each, while Xavier Appleberry added an additional 19. Michael Sission led the Trojans on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Co-Lin shot 38 percent (26-for-68) from the floor, 39 percent (14-for-36) from beyond the arc, and 64 percent (16-for-25) from the free throw line. Mississippi Delta shot 46 percent (27-for-59) from the field, 40 percent (10-for-25) from three-point range, and 67 percent (24-for-36) from the free throw stripe.

Lady Wolves overcome slow start to defeat MS Delta

The Copiah-Lincoln Lady Wolves struggled early in the contest against the Mississippi Delta Lady Trojans as Co-Lin only managed 14 points in the first quarter of play. The Lady Wolves rallied late in the second quarter and throughout the second half as the team went on to win 68-48. The win moves the Lady Wolves to 5-1 on the season. 

The low scoring in the early portion of the game was not from Co-Lin’s inability to make shots, but from the lack of opportunities. The Lady Wolves shot 38 percent (12-for-32 from the field in the first two quarters, but turned the ball over 15 teams. This disparity allowed the Lady Trojans to stay in the hunt despite shooting just 23 percent (6-for-26).

Co-Lin returned from the locker room more composed and focused in the second half. With 4:36 remaining in the third quarter of play the Lady Wolves strung together a 14-0 run on the Lady Trojans to take a 13-point lead in the final seconds of the quarter. The Lady Wolves continued to pour in the baskets in the final quarter of action and pulled the game out of reach of the Lady Trojans.

Freshman Karry Callahan had a breakout game for the Lady Wolves as she netted 17 points, brought down 10 rebounds, and had five assists. Tenazhia Hinkson finished the game with nine points and a team high six steals. Debraia Bell rounded out the Lady Wolves top performers with eight points and seven rebounds.

O’Nesha Hunt led the Lady Trojans with 12 points and three rebounds, while Netanya Wilkerson added another 12 points. Alexis Augustus rounded out the top scorers for Mississippi Delta with eight points and four rebounds.

Co-Lin finished the night shooting 36 percent (22-for-61) from the floor, 17 percent (3-for-18) from beyond the arc, and 70 percent (21-for-30) from the free throw line. Mississippi Delta shot 25 percent (14-for-56) from the field, 18 percent (2-for-11) from three-point range, and 72 percent (18-for-25) from the foul line.