HANCEVILLE — Thursday night’s game between Wallace State’s women and Lawson State looked like two different games.

The first one lasted 36 minutes, and Lawson led the whole time while it seemed at times like the Lady Lions were unable to do anything right when they needed to.

Then the tide turned with four minutes remaining in the game, and Wallace State could do no wrong.

The turnaround came at the right time as the Lady Lions pulled away for a 78-67 win.

“I can’t tell you what that was,” said Wallace head coach Larry Slater. “I think that was just the team needing a win and fighting for one tonight.”

Lawson State jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the opening minutes and stayed ahead for the entire first half.

Wallace was able to come back every time Lawson State pulled away by five or six points, but the Lady Lions could never get over the hump to take the lead.

“There were two or three times there early when we had a couple of good opportunities to take the lead,” Slater said. “But I think we just got a little anxious and rushed the shots.

"I called a couple of timeouts to just try to calm them down and slow down.”

Wallace took its first lead of the game when Cold Springs graduate Tiffany Campbell hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 15:18 remaining to give the Lady Lions a 45-44 lead.

Lawson quickly got the lead back and kept it until the 7:58 mark when Jessica Young chased down a rebound on the defensive end of the floor and took it the other way for a fast-break lay-up and a 59-58 lead.

The teams exchanged the lead for the following four minutes before Wallace took control.

After forcing a turnover on defense by not allowing Lawson to get a shot off before the shot clock expired with about four minutes remaining, Wallace was able to take a lead it would never relinquish.

Because of a number of key rebounds and late free-throw shooting, the Lady Lions found themselves up by 10 with 1:25 remaining after Natalie Mullins got the ball to Courtney Scott for a short jumper and a 77-67 lead. Wallace simply ran the clock out from that point.

“This win was because different players stepped up when we needed them to,” Slater said. “Courtney (Scott) and Jessica (Young) came through for us, (Andrea) Crawford is always a steady player for us and Jessica Morrison stepped in and hit a couple of shots late when we needed someone to hit one.”

Scott led Wallace with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Young finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Crawford finished with 10, while Mullins had seven.

Tearra Henderson led Lawson State with 22 points, while Nyeshia Santiago and Nekia Hicks contributed with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

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