Forcing turnovers left and right, 11th-ranked Coolidge took full advantage and raced to a 68-40 girls basketball triumph over visiting Wilson yesterday, earning at least a tie for the Interhigh League West Division title.
Coolidge (17-3, 8-0 and in first place) has two games remaining. Wilson, in second place in the West Division, fell to 12-7, 6-2.
Coolidge, which has won all 14 of its games against Interhigh opponents, including an earlier 46-41 win over the Tigers, got its usual balanced scoring from Angie Gray (21 points), Nicole Boykin (16), Alfreda Jefferson (15) and Makisha Gary (14).
Wilson got 17 points from center Tarsha Wilson, but her teammates had trouble getting the ball to her. The Tigers' problems started in the backcourt, where the quicker Colts guards forced a bundle of turnovers that resulted in easy layups for the hosts, most of which came in a 27-6 run in a 10-minute span during the middle quarters.
Wilson did lead twice in the game, at 2-0 and 15-14 after Melissa Jefferson's follow-up shot with seven minutes left in the second period. Then the Tigers fell upon hard times.
Jefferson, Gray and Gary forced the Tigers into ballhandling errors (24 turnovers in first three periods) to take control. Gary put her team ahead to stay with a follow and added a bank shot seconds later. Gray and Jefferson each had two baskets as the Colts took a 26-18 halftime lead.
Wilson didn't make its first field goal of the third period until Tarsha Wilson sank a layin with six minutes gone. By that time, Jefferson had two breakaways, Boykins had three inside baskets, and Gray had three three-pointers, resulting in a 51-27 Coolidge lead.