Archive - Nov 17, 2012 - Sports Article
It was the second round of the 5-A playoffs Friday night, and a step closer for eight teams in Mississippi to make it to Jackson. West Point and Ridgeland laid it all on the line to get to the North State title game on the field at Hamblin Stadium on the campus of West Point High School.
The Green Wave from the beginning had full control of the game on both sides of the ball. West Point was hitting on all cylinders and went on to victory beating the Ridgeland Titans, 56-21.
After losing Tuesday night to Hamilton, West Pointâ€™s Lady Wave returned to the court to take on the Amory Lady Panthers Thursday night. In a game that West Point led in every quarter, the Lady Wave showed improved ability going on to win 54-38.
Coach Kendall Pickens understands that this was an important first win for his team and knows that it can be difficult to get that first win sometimes.
â€śWe just tried to keep our tempo,â€ť said Coach Pickens after the victory, â€śand we just had to do the little things so we could get the win.â€ť
It was a very close one and it could have been any possession that could have decided the game between West Point and Amory. A last second A.J. Jonesâ€™ half-court shot rimmed out and saw the Wave fall to the Panthers 58-56.
â€śEverybody is going to look at the last shot,â€ť commented Coach Brad Cox about the loss, â€śbut honestly any possession of this game could have made the difference tonight.â€ť
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders kept their streak alive in convincing fashion Tuesday night with a 67-43 blowout win over regional rival Heritage Academy. The Raiders jumped out to an early lead to take a 19-7 lead and would never look back. J.J. Bridges, who finished with 31 points on the night, scored 11 in the first quarter alone. Oak Hill put emphasis on getting to the foul line early and often. Seniors John Wesley Williamson and Jacob Dickens, who finished with 20 and 10 points, respectively, were a combined 18-26 from the charity stripe.
Oak Hill put another win in the books Tuesday night to remain undefeated at the expense of Heritage Academy in their first matchup with the Lady Patriots this season. The Lady Raiders made it obvious they were by far the superior team as Stan Hugheyâ€™s squad cruised to a 63-22 victory. Oak Hill spread out their offensive attack as 10 players got on the scoreboard. Shay Atkins led the team with another double-double consisting of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Herndon followed behind closely with 10 points, including three treys, and seven rebounds.