Archive - Nov 2011 - Sports Article
CRAWFORD â On the road for the third consecutive ball game, West Point didnât look out of sync. The Green Wave outscored East Oktibbeha 23-3 in the third quarter, sealing their second straight win Thursday night, 80-54.
At half time, head coach Brad Cox told his players that two things would happen in the third, the Titans would make a run and get back in the ball game down by 11, or West Point would blow the game out. That was enough motivation.
West Point area teams will be on the hardwood tonight in non-district action.
The Green Wave, fresh off their wins over Kosicusko last Saturday, continue their five game road trip tonight when they travel to Crawford to take on East Oktibbeha starting at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile Oak Hill returns home after defeating regional rival Heritage on Tuesday to battle Carroll. Action starts with the 7th grade girls and boys at 3 p.m.
For the third consecutive season, West Point has found themselves one win away from the north state championship game.
The old saying âthird timeâs a charmâ, could ring true for the Green Wave if they can get past Starkville on the road Friday.
So far this season, all the talk about West Point has been their offense. And why not?
Coerver Soccer is running a skills camp for soccer players aged 7-18 on Thursday nights at the Sportsplex from Nov. 17-Dec. 15.
Thomas Easterling, president of the West Point Soccer Club, said that the benefits of participating in the camp easily outweigh the cost, which is $35 per player. "The ball handling skills that players acquire in the Coerver sessions give them an incredible advantage in recreational and intermediate levels of soccer," he said. "But the most important thing about Coerver is that their coaches make learning the game fun."
Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton preached all night every chance he could to his players to believe in themselves. They did.
The Raiders trailed by nine heading into the fourth quarter Tuesday night, and exploded for 18 points in the final eight minutes to pull off the victory, 45-41.
âIt was a big win, a big rivalry winâŠ it was awesome,â Middleton said. âWe pushed each other and finally we got over that hump.â
The Hebron Lady Eagles picked up their fourth of the season Tuesday night, but it wasnât easy by any means.
A run late in the fourth quarter gave the girls a seven point lead and enough to hold on for a 56-54 win over Veritas. It was the second victory in the last three games for the Lady Eagles.
Tori Nichols, who finished with 27 points and five blocks, fouled out in the fourth, but the Hebron bench stepped up and held on to the lead. The girls shot 60 percent from the free-throw line in the ball game, with several coming down the stretch.
Hebron was looking for a win Tuesday night.
They needed one bad.
After starting the season 2-0, then dropping their last two, the Eagles got back in the win column with a 55-43 win over New Life Center.
âThey had good athletes on the team,â head coach Tri Nason said. âThey were by no means going to be a walk over and we knew that as soon as they walked in, we were going to have to battle pretty well.â
The win if anything, improved the morale of the team a little bit.
Oak Hill Academyâs boys and girls basketball teams return to the hardwood tonight when they host regional rival heritage Academy.
The Lady Raiders have won four in a row including back-to-back wins over Kirk in OT, 47-45 and Indianola last week, 42-22.
Heritage had won three straight heading into the game before falling to Kemper Academy last night, 45-35.
The Raiders are 1-2 to start the season and are looking to bounce back after a tough loss from Indianola, 48-39. The Patriots have just started their season with a win, 57-21 over Kemper.
GREENVIILLE âTied at 32 heading into the fourth quarter Monday night, Hebronâs Lady Eagles had a six point lead with a little over five minutes left to play in the ball game, and then went ice cold before falling to MAIS Class AAA Washington School 47-40 on the road.
The Lady Eagles (3-5) failed to score in the last four minutes of the ball game. Hebron was outscored 15-8 in the final period.
KOSCIUSKO â First year head girls basketball coach Murray Woody is pleased with his 2-2 record so far season. After playing their fourth game in eight days Saturday, the girls notched another victory, 57-45 over Kosciusko.
Woody talked about before the game how important it was for the girls to execute, they did that early and often. Each team had a dozen in the slow paced first quarter, but with the Lady Whippets playing in zone, Woody quickly pulled them out to build up a lead.