CLCC men top century mark against Northwest

Published 12:34 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2024

The fans in Mullen Gymnasium got what they wanted late in the men’s game Monday night between the homestanding Copiah-Lincoln Wolves and the visitors from Northwest Mississippi CC.

Hoping to see their team eclipse the 100-point mark for the second time this season, the Wolves delivered a strong offensive showing by beating the Rangers from Senatobia 103-70.

The Wolves are now 10-4 overall and 2-0 in MACCC league play after winning on the road at Mississippi Gulf Coast in the conference opener last week.

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CLCC led 52-30 at halftime as four starters finished in double figures on Monday.

Freshman guard Ismail Rashid (Brandon High) scored a game high 19 points to lead the Wolves. Rashid went 4-of-5 from the 3-point line. The starting five went a collective 10-of-16 from deep for Co-Lin head coach David Sanders.

Freshman guard Courterius Scott (Murrah High) scored 15 points and sophomore guard Devin Carter (Florence High) chipped in 13 points.

The only starter to not attempt a 3-pointer for Co-Lin was freshman Emmanual James. James, a bouncy 6-foot-4 forward from Nigeria, finished with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.

Co-Lin crashed the boards to beat the Rangers 48-30 in the rebounding department. Nine players saw action off the bench for the Wolves with all but one of them getting in the scorebook. Freshman forward Jayden Jackson (Velma Jackson) was the top bench scorer with eight points for Co-Lin.

League play continues for the defending MACCC state champion Wolves as they make the short trip to Summit to face the Southwest Mississippi Bears (9-6) on Thursday.

The women’s game on Thursday will be the first for CLCC head coach Britta Stephens against the program where she was an assistant coach for a decade prior to being hired in Wesson.

Stephens and her squad are looking to break a three-game losing streak as Northwest Mississippi outscored the Wolves by 10-points in the fourth quarter on Monday to escape Wesson with a 78-68 win. CLCC was led by Lashaunte Payne (Magee High) and Ceara Myers (Baton Rouge) with 13 points each against NW.

The CLCC women are now 8-6 overall and will face a Southwest team that is 9-4 on the season.