Lady Wolves defeat NE in semifinals — Co-Lin advances to the MACJC State Championship with 65-57 victory

Published 9:01 pm Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves advanced to the MACJC State Championship with a 65-57 victory over Northeast in the semifinals. Co-Lin advanced to face No. 5 JCJC in the MACJC State Championship on Thursday evening and was playing at press time.

The Lady Wolves struggled finding the basket in the early minutes of the game as both teams played stellar defense, but Co-Lin began to stretch the lead late in the period. Karry Callahan had a put-back layup at the buzzer to give Co-Lin a seven-point, 19-12, lead going into the second.

In the second, the Lady Tigers began to chip away at the Lady Wolves lead, and tied the game for a second time at 21-all with 2:26 left in the half. Northeast took a one-point, 24-23, lead into the half.

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The Lady Tigers grew their lead to four in the third quarter, but the Lady Wolves came roaring back. A quick 7-0 run from Alexus Holt and Keyonia Harris gave Co-Lin the lead again. Later in the quarter, a 10-2 Co-Lin run gave the Lady Wolves a nine-point, 45-36, lead. A late three from the Lady Tigers cut Co-Lin’s lead to six, going into the fourth quarter.

Co-Lin held their ground in the fourth and played very tough defense, and continued to score on the offensive end of the floor. Midway through the quarter Holt drained a quarter three, got a steal on the following Northeast possession, and completed an and-one layup. The six-point swing gave Co-Lin a huge amount of momentum heading into the final stretch of the game. The Lady Wolves never faltered in the final minutes and held on to an eight-point, 65-57, win.

Holt led the Lady Wolves with 22 points, while T’Kyra Hicks added 11 and Nakeisha Holcomb scored 10. Callahan led the Lady Wolves on the boards with eight rebounds. Harris, Holt, and Hicks all dished four assists, while Holt led the team with four steals.

Aundrea Adams led Northeast with 20 points, while Dayzsha Rogan poured in 10. Both Rogan and Adams led the Lady Tigers with seven rebounds.

Co-Lin shot 45 percent (23-for-51) from the field, 31 percent (5-for-16) from the three-point line, and 82 percent (14-for-17) from the foul stripe. The Lady Tigerss finished the night shooting 33 percent (21-for-63) from the field, 14 percent (3-for-21) from beyond the arc, and 67 percent (12-for-18) from the free throw line.