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Itawamba sweeps Co-Lin teams

SENATOBIA — Co-Lin absorbed a pair of Tuesday setbacks in theNorthwest Tournament, falling to the Itawamba Community Collegebasketball teams. The Lady Indians defeated Co-Llin 63-50 in thewomen’s game and the Indians beat the Wolves 90-82 in the men’scontest.

Co-Lin plays its first home game Monday, hosting Coahoma. Thewomen’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 inMullen Gymnasium.

The Lady Wolves (1-1) shot the ball poorlyagainst Itawamba and were unable to stop 5-11 freshman forward ShayAshford of Tupelo. Ashford exploded for 29 points.

“Our offense struggled again,” said Co-Lin women’s coach GwynYoung. “We can’t get everyone on the same page.

“We didn’t do a good job guarding No. 32 (Ashford),” Youngcontinued. “We had too many turnovers (26) and we didn’t make ourfree throws,” going 10 for 25.

Young predicted changes in his team’s lineup. “We’ll have tocome back and regroup and see what we can do well. We also have tolook at our personnel and see what changes have to be made. Some ofour players are not playing up to their potential.”

Offensively, the Lady Wolves were led by sophomore forwardLoretta Martin’s 16 ponts and 4 rebounds. Sophomore center TravalynSmith added 8 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out.

The Wolves (0-2) were unable to stop Itawambacenter Courtney Bradley who poured in 41 points and grabbed 15rebounds. Bradley got support from Mike Sampson and DemitriusShannon who chipped in 15 points apiece.

“Our post defense is non existant,” said Co-Lin men’s coachDennis Sims. “This is two nights in a row that our opponents’centers have scored at lot of points.

“Offensively, we are scoring points but we have got to show upon the defensive side,” Sims pointed out. “We still have a lot ofwork ahead of us.”

Co-Lin got 28 points from sophomore guard Ledell Eackles and 22from sophomore guard Dexter Middleton. On the backboards, Middletonalso led Co-Lin with 8 rebounds. Eackles made 3 assists.