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Lady Wolves hoops falls to Gulf Coast

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves’ 2018-2019 basketball season came to a close Thursday in Clinton as Co-Lin fell to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Lady Bulldogs 64-59.

The Lady Wolves finish the season 21-7 overall and as MACJC runners-up. Gulf Coast will face the Jones College Lady Bobcats for the NJCAA Region XXIII Championship.

The Lady Wolves filled up the basket early as Co-Lin poured in 22 points in the first 10 minutes. The points were the results of solid shooting from all parts of the floor, including the free throw stripe. Gulf Coast stuck around in the first as the Lady Bulldogs scored 18.

Early in the second quarter, a pair of free throws from Dashell Davis gave Co-Lin their largest lead of the game, six, 24-18. The Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a 7-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 25-24 lead with just 3:51 left in the first half. The lead changed hands back and forth in the final minutes until Sha’Quandra Carter hit to deep three-pointers to stretch the Lady Wolves’ lead to four, 32-28. Gulf Coast rattled home two free throws in the final seconds of the half to cut Co-Lin’s lead to 32-30 going into the break.

Much like the second quarter, the third was low scoring as both teams picked up the defensive presence. The game saw four ties during the 10-minute span before Co-Lin pulled away to a four-point advantage after T’Kyra Hicks hit two free throws followed by a nice put-back from Alexandria Patton. The spurt put Co-Lin up 42-38. After trading several baskets, the Lady Wolves led 46-42 going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Wolves seemed in control of the game in the fourth, until Gulf Coast’s Briana Thompson hit three straight three-pointers of Co-Lin turnovers. The nine-point swing put the Lady Bulldogs on top 53-49 with just 4:10 to play. Darien Tubby and Hicks began attacking the rim and put the Lady Wolves back on top, 55-53 with 2:16 to play, but the Lady Bulldogs pulled away with a 6-0 run that gave them four-point, 59-55, lead with just 47 seconds to play. Co-Lin intentionally fouled late in the game to force the Lady Bulldogs to the line, but Gulf Coast hit their free throws down the stretch to maintain the lead and secure the 64-59 win.

Carter led the Lady Wolves with 17 points after going 3-of-5 from three-point range. Hicks was the Lady Wolves only other double-digit scorer as she scored 10 after hitting 6-of-6 free throws. Tubby led the Lady Wolves with 10 assists and joined Hicks with a team-high five rebounds each.

Kayla Simmons led Gulf Coast with 19 points while Daphane White scored 12. Shelli Thigpen finished the day with a double-double after scoring 10 and hauling in 10 boards.

Co-Lin shot 37 percent (20-of-56) from the floor, 24 percent (4-of-17) from three-point range, and 94 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line. The Lady Bulldogs shot 43 percent (24-of-56) from the floor, 27 percent (4-of-15) from downtown, and 75 percent (12-of-16) from the stripe. The Lady Bulldogs out-rebounded Co-Lin 39 to 32.