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Lady Wolves’ 2017 season ends after loss to Itawamba

CLINTON – The Copiah-Lincoln Lady Wolves’ basketball season ended Tuesday night after a 76-61 defeat to Itawamba Community College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament. Co-Lin finished the 2017 season with a 20-5 overall record and a 12-2 record in the MACJC South Division.

“I thought we were a little flat to start off the game…but give ICC credit, they shot the ball very well,” said Lady Wolves head coach Gwyn Young. “We had some chances to get back in it, but we just didn’t get the job done tonight.”

The Lady Wolves never recovered from a seven-point ICC run midway in the first quarter. The game was tight until that point with three separate ties, but the offensive burst gave the Lady Indians a 16-9 lead and the momentum.

The Lady Indians clung to their 10-point lead for the majority of the second and third quarter, as Co-Lin could not string together an offensive run.

In the fourth, the Lady Wolves cut ICC’s lead to within 10 on six occasions, but were unable to capitalize on the situations.

“We had it down to nine a couple of times, and just one more basket could have really made a difference on how [ICC] thought the game was going,” said Young.

Freshman Brittany Rose led Co-Lin with 19 points and five assists on the night. Alexus Holt added 11 points of her own, while Karry Callahan posted a double-double after netting 10 points and grabbing 11 points.

Jabria Pounds led ICC with 17 points and nine rebounds. Asia Partlow poured in 16 of her own, while Marlee Hatcher rounded ICC’s top scorers with 13 points.

Co-Lin shot 40 percent (25-for-63) from the field and 24 percent (4-for-17) from three-point range. At the free throw line the Lady Wolves shot 64 percent (7-for-11). Co-Lin hauled in 37 rebounds in the contest.

Itawamba shot lights out and finished the game 52 percent (31-for-60) from the floor. The Lady Indians hit 38 percent (6-for-16) from beyond the arc and 57 percent (8-for-14) from the charity stripe. ICC brought down 36 rebounds.