by Michael D. Gunnell
Southwest Sports Information
The Lady Bears gave it their best shot Monday night, but in the end it was visiting Co-Lin that came away with the 67-51 victory in their MACJC South Division matchup.
The Lady Bears took an early 2-0 lead in the opening quarter, but Co-Lin quickly answered with six straight points to move out in front. They went on to claim a 14-8 advantage at the end of the quarter.
After seeing Co-Lin move out to a 28-12 lead with 4:54 on the second quarter clock, the Lady Bears (8-12, 3-8) scored eight straight to cut their deficit to 28-20 at the end of the first half.
The Lady Bears outscored Co-Lin 10-4 to open the third quarter and pulled to within 32-30, with 5:34 on the clock, after back-to-back three pointers from Tootie Rankin.
The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter which ended with Co-Lin holding on to a slim 42-39 lead. That would be as close as the Lady Bears would come the rest of the way as Co-Lin slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
"Tonight went much like our season," said Lady Bears head coach Brent Harris. "We would get our hands on the basketball, but then turn it over for a quick score. It was very frustrating."
"Tootie had great energy," Harris continued, "and was a spark offensively."
Rankin topped the Lady Bears' offense with 15 points. The Lady Bears hit 11 of 16 free throws.
Sha' Quandra Carter led Co-Lin (16-4, 7-4) with 19 points. She and her teammates went 16-23 at the free throw line,
The Lady Bears hit the road for the final time on Thursday night for their next contest as they visit the Jones Lady Bobcats in Ellisville. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.