by Brian Lentz
CLARKSDALE – Despite falling behind as many as 10 in the first half, Northwest used a 14-4 scoring run over the final 7:40 of the second quarter to take a halftime lead and an eventual 59-50 victory at Coahoma on Thursday night at The Pinnacle.
Northwest moved to .500 on the season, improving to 6-6 overall, 1-1 in the MACJC North, while Coahoma fell to 4-7 and 0-2 in division competition.
Trailing 5-4 in the early minutes of the contest, the Lady Rangers fell victim to an 8-0 scoring run that saw Coahoma take a 13-4 lead midway through the opening quarter.
Though Northwest would go on a 6-0 run of its own, capped off by a 3-pointer from Lindsay Hall that cut the deficit to three, Coahoma would blow the lead back open over the final four minutes of the quarter, taking a 21-13 lead into the second.
Shooting woes would plague Coahoma over the course of the second quarter, as the Lady Tigers were limited to eight points on just 25 percent shooting, which allowed the Lady Rangers to storm back to regain a 30-29 halftime advantage.
Tied at 37 apiece in the third quarter, the Lady Rangers would take the lead back for good on a 3-point floater from Sydney Liddell.
Despite a late push from Coahoma that saw the Lady Tigers trim the gap down to four with 2:47 left to go, the Lady Rangers held CCC scoreless the rest of the way, pulling away for the 59-50 victory.
Northwest had 10 different players score during the victory, led by 11 points and six rebounds from Mallory Russell. In a career night, Liddell finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and seven rebounds, while Hall and Ericka Richardson scored eight points apiece.
A 20-point effort from Walnieka Holmes and a 12-point, 17-rebound double-double from D'Zondria Young were the major highlights for the Lady Tigers.
Northwest outscored the Coahoma bench 43-0 on the evening, marking the third time this season that an opponent has been rendered scoreless off the bench.
Northwest will continue division play against Northeast (8-4, 1-1 north) on Monday, Jan. 14 at Howard Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. with live stats and a live broadcast available on nwccrangers.com.