In the spirt of the holiday season, the West Point Parks and Recreation Department is doing a little giving of their own by offering the 2012 youth basketball season for free. Yep, at no cost, What a perfect gift.
Parks and Rec director James Crowley made the announcement this week to make sure that everyone will be able to have a little fun on the hardwood. The department already has a free adult league, so it made sense to carry it over into the youth division.
RIDGELAND - The West Point girls and boys basketball teams closed out the first half of the 2011-12 season Tuesday with a pair of losses to Ridgeland.
Wilma Davis and Adrianna Billups finished in double figures, but after another slow start, the girls would eventually fall in another heartbreaker 45-42.
Down 13-3 after the first quarter, West Point responded with a 12-point second half effort and trailed at the half, 19-15.
Davis led the girls with 14-points and Billups finished with 10. Taylor McCrary rounded out the top scorers with nine.
After picking up their first district victories of the season Friday, the Green Wave couldn't keep that momentum going against Tupelo.
The girls lost a heartbreaker 54-50 despite 13-points apiece from Kinyatta Pittman and Taylor McCrary. The boys were handed their second loss to the Golden Wave tho season, 60-51.
Complete recap in the Tuesday edition of the DTL.
Oak Hill Academy followed up their impressive sweep of Leake on Friday night with a pair of wins over Manchester Academy in Yazoo City on Saturday.
The Lady Raiders remained undefeated in district 2AA play with a with a 53-33 win over the Lady Mavs. Shay Atkins led the girls with 14-points while Tori Ellis finished with 13-points.
The Raiders scored in double digits in the second and third quarter and pulled out a 48-45 win to move to 3-1 in the region. AJ Jones proved the fire power with 17-points while John Wesley Williamson had 16.
The final list has been completed for the high school football season, and West Point was represented.
Offensive lineman Carson Miller and Romia Wilson were named to the All-State Second Team Offense by the Clarion-Ledger this weekend.
Miller and Wilson, both seniors, helped the Green Wave reach the second round of the 5A playoffs this season and finish with an overall record of 8-5.
Wilson played for Mississippi in the MS/AL All-Star game two weeks ago while Miller suited up for the North in the Bernard Blackwell game this past Saturday in Biloxi.
They say games are won or lost at the free-throw line. Friday night, in arguably the biggest game of the season to determine early supremacy in the district, Oak Hill proved why they have won the last two district titles. They were clutch.
The Lady Raiders went 10-for-12 at the line in the final three minutes to hold off No.1 ranked Leake Academy 61-57.
The Raiders, looking for their third straight victory for the second time this season, followed with a win of their own, holding down the Rebels 74-68.
What better way to get out of a slump than with a district win. After all, come February, those are the only records that matter.
Friday, the West Point girls, who have lost four of the last five ball games, earned a big win at home defeating Saltillo 47-36. The victory pushes them up to 6-6 on the year and a clean 1-0 record in the region.
Meanwhile the boys snapped a two-game slide with a 68-51 win.
The girls got off to slow start, struggling at times to get the offensive rebounds as baskets didnâ€™t come easy for both squads.
The Hebron Christian School Eagles were happy to see a close game go their way, while the Starkville Christian School Cougars fought back, but couldnâ€™t close out.
In boysâ€™ Christian school basketball action prior to the Christmas break, Hebron defeated Starkville Christian 48-46 at the Cougar Cave.
SCS rallied from a 28-18 halftime deficit to take a 42-40 lead on a basket by Ben Jamerson with 4:40 remaining in the game, but the homestanding Cougars were out-scored 8-4 down the stretch and a winning shot attempt by Chris Hortsmeyer fell off the mark.
Ida B. Bennett
Ida B. Bennett, age 90, passed away Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at her home in Woodland.
Funeral services are Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. from New Hope M.B. Church of Woodland. Burial will follow in New Hope M.B. Church Cemetery.
The body will lie in state from 1 p.m. until service time.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Another big night of basketball is scheduled for Friday for area high schools and junior high squads.
Oak Hill continues district play with Leake Academy at home, while West Point kicks off their region in a matchup with Saltillo also at home. Hebron makes the short drive to Starkville to take on Starkville Christian School.
The Lady Raiders are coming off a rare offensive struggle following Saturday's 41-31 loss to North Delta.