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Lady Wolves defeat Southwest in defensive matchup

SUMMIT – There was not much scoring in Summit Thursday night as the Lady Wolves outlasted the Lady Bears of Southwest 57-52 in a defensive contest. The win gives the Lady Wolves a 17-3 record on the year and 10-2 in the South Division.

The Lady Wolves are in second place in the South Division behind Jones County. Co-Lin is back on the court Monday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. as Meridian travels to Wesson.

“Early in the ballgame we were playing into their tempo,” said head coach Gwyn Young. “They controlled the majority of the game, but we were lucky to make some plays late in the game and win by five.”

Throughout the game both teams struggled to run their offensives effectively. The Lady Bears took control of the game midway through the first quarter as they built up a seven-point lead. Co-Lin fired back in the final minute of the quarter and cut the lead to just two as Tenazhia Hinkson scored in the paint, and followed it with a deep three at the buzzer.

The Lady Wolves came alive in the second quarter as they netted 21 points and took a six-point lead heading into the locker room.

In the third the Co-Lin lost the rhythm they had carried into the half as the Lady Bears fought back and tied the game at 41 apiece to end the quarter.

The final quarter of play saw back and forth action until the Lady Wolves took the lead for good with 6:03 remaining. Southwest went on a brief 5-0 run in the final minute of play, but the Lady Wolves were able to make key free throws late in the contest and secure the victory.

Hinkson led the Lady Wolves with 19 points and four assists. She also brought down six boards. Brittany Rose finished with 13 points and four rebounds, while Alexus Holt rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points. Diamond Smith posted a team high 12 rebounds and had nine points.

Peyton Papenburg led Southwest with 12 points, while Keturah Bingham finished with 11. Both Alissa Adam and Shalisa Hawthorne added another 10 points each. Danyelle Lewis led the Lady Bears with six rebounds.

Co-Lin shot 36 percent (21-for-59) from the field, 30 percent (3-for-10) from three-point range, and 67 percent (12-of-18) from the free throw line. The Lady Wolves brought down 43 rebounds. Southwest shot 37 percent (19-for-51) from the field, 38 percent (8-for-21) from three-point range, and 60 percent (6-for-10) from the foul line. The Lady Bears posted 32 rebounds.

Wolves lose to Southwest in Summit 

The Wolves were unable to over come Southwest’s 58 percent shooting Thursday night as the Bears defeated Co-Lin 80-69 in Summit. The loss moves the Wolves to 10-11 on the season and 4-8 in the MACJC South Division.

The Wolves are back in action as Meridian travels to Wesson to take on Co-Lin in Mullen Gymnasium Monday at 8 p.m. The contest is the last home game for the Wolves this season and will serve as sophomore night.

“We fell below .500 for the first time tonight, and we have one home game left,” said head coach Kenny Bizot. “The support for us has been unbelievable, so we need to be ready for the last two games and find our offensive rhythm…we are looking to finish this season on a positive note; there is a lot fight left in these guys and this coaching staff.”

Southwest took an early lead, as the Bears seemed to find the basket on ever possession. The Bears led by seven with 14 minutes remaining in the half before the Wolves’ offensive began rolling. Co-Lin went on an 11-2 run to take a two-point lead with 9:07 remaining.

The Bears responded with a 17-2 run of their own that took the air out of the
Wolves offensive. The scoring barrage gave the Bears a 14-point lead that they took to the half.

Co-Lin was never able to bounce back from the large lead in the second half. With 7:04 remaining in the game the Wolves cut the lead to just five, 60-55, but the Bears once again went on brief run and pulled the game out of reach.

Lamarcus Lee led the Wolves 21 points, while Jonathan “Biscuit” Floyd poured in 19 and dished out five assists. Tyrell McArthur finished with 11 points and Youry White scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds.

James Hawthorn led Southwest with a double-double after netting 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Rodrick Sikes also finished with 17 points for the Bears.

Co-Lin shot 39 percent (24-for-61) from the field, 23 percent (5-for-22) from three-point range, and 57 percent (16-of-28) from the free throw line. The Wolves brought down 20 rebounds. Southwest shot 58 percent (26-for-45) from the field, 33 percent (4-for-12) from three-point range, and 69 percent (24-for-35) from the foul line. The Bears posted 48 rebounds.