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Lady Wolves rally late to defeat Southwest 55-53

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves grabbed a thrilling 55-53 come-from-behind win against Southwest Thursday night in front a big crowd.

Both the Lady Wolves and Lady Bears struggled on the offensive end of the floor early in Thursday’s contest, as Co-Lin led 12-10 after one quarter of play.

A 6-0 Southwest run in the second quarter gave the Lady Bears a two-point, 16-14, lead with 6:28 until the half. Action was back-and-forth for the remainder of the second quarter, as the lead changed four more times before the buzzer. Midway through the game, the Lady Bears led Co-Lin 23-21.

The third quarter was much of the same for Co-Lin, as the Lady Wolves only scored 11 points. The Lady Bears pulled away to a 10-point, 42-32, lead going into the final quarter of play.

The Lady Bears stretched their lead to 13, 47-34, early in the quarter, but Co-Lin refused to quit. A 9-2 Co-Lin run led by Alexus Holt and Karry Callahan cut into Southwest’s lead. The Lady Wolves followed that with another offensive explosion led by Kyeonia Harris.

The 12-2 run over the final five minutes of play was the result of solid free throw shooting, and several defensive stops. The impressive push gave the Lady Wolves a four-point, 55-51 lead with just four seconds left on the clock, and sealed the win for Co-Lin.

Holt led the Lady Wolves with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists. Harris, Callahan and Alexandria Patton all scored nine for the Lady Wolves. Callahan led Co-Lin with three blocks while Diamond Smith posted two. Holt and Callahan also led the team with two steals each.

Co-Lin shot 35 percent (19-for-54) from the field, 25 percent (4-for-16) from the three-point line and 65 percent (13-for-20) from the foul stripe. The Lady Bears finished the night shooting 35 percent (19-for-54) from the field, 0 percent (0-for-6) from beyond the arc and 75 percent (15-for-20) from the free throw line.

The win moves the Lady Wolves to 18-3 on the season and to second place in the south division (9-3).