WESSON, Miss. - At halftime in Co-Lin's season opener, the Lady Wolves trailed by five, 35-30, to the Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs in Mullen Gymnasium. However, the Lady Wolves' offense exploded in the second half as the team came out and poured in 26 points in the third quarter alone. Co-Lin outpaced Holmes 45 points to 21 in the second half to run away with the 75-56 victory. The win moves the team to 1-0 on the year going into their first road contest, a matchup with LSU Eunice in Eunice, La. this Thursday, November 7 at 5 p.m.
"Our main adjustment at halftime was the 17 turnovers we had in the first half, we were doing too much dribbling and that was 17 possessions we didn't get to shoot the basketball," said head coach Gwyn Young. "We did a lot better executing in the second half, there are some things we need to do better on though, especially on defense with guarding and rebounding. We had a lot of players step up and play better in the second half, I was pleased, but we definitely need to improve."
Action in the first half was back-and-forth as both teams tried to get into the rhythm of full speed, regular season play. Late in the first quarter, a pair of baskets from Morgan McCray and a free throw from Dashell Davis put Co-Lin on top 15-10, but the Lady Bulldogs fought back and tied the game on two occasions in the second quarter.
In the final minutes of the second quarter, Holmes' Jordyn Manning knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to put the Lady Bulldogs on top. Te lead stretched to eight, 35-27, with less than a minute to play, but McCray rattled home a free throw and got a late bucket to cut the lead to five, 35-30, at the break.
The Lady Wolves took the floor in the third ready to score as the team went on an 18-4 run over the first six minutes of play. The offensive push was a team effort as Sha'Quandra Carter, Camryn Davis, Darien Tubby, Orlandrea McGee, Dashell Davis, and TaMara Riley all got to the basket. The scoring burst put Co-Lin on top by nine, 48-39. Co-Lin grew that lead to as much as 13 later in the quarter, but took an 11-point, 56-45, lead into the final 10 minutes.
Co-Lin continued to stretch the lead in the fourth as the Lady Wolves outscored Holmes 19-11 in the final frame.
Four Lady Wolves finished with double-digits in the scoring column, led by 14 points from Camryn Davis. McCray poured in 12, while Carter and McGee both finished with 10 each. Dashell Davis led the team on the glass with eight rebounds, while Camryn Davis hauled in seven. Other notable stats were Tubby's nine assists, Dashell Davis' five blocks, and Azaria Magee's four steals.
Manning led Holmes with 18 points, while Brysa Maxwell finished with 14. Tniniyah Jones led the Lady Bulldogs with six rebounds.
Co-Lin shot a blistering 55 percent (27-of-49) from the floor, 25 percent (3-of-12) from three-point range, and 86 percent (18-of-21) from the free-throw line. The Lady Bulldogs shot 36 percent (21-of-59) from the floor, 43 percent (3-of-7) from downtown, and 52 percent (11-of-21) from the stripe. Co-Lin outrebounded Holmes 36 to 31.