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West Point knew ahead of time that the Oxford game would be huge, especially at home.
Fresh off a loss to New Hope, the visiting Chargers didn't want to get behind the eight ball early in district play and on Tuesday night, pulled out a tough road win over the Green Wave 58-42.
The Green Wave, (7-11, 1-1) already with a district victory over Saltillo, went toe-to-toe with the Chargers for three quarters. Down three with 2:57 left to play, Oxford closed out the third quarter on a 6-0 run to end it, and was able to carry over that momentum into the fourth.
PHEBA - What better way to bounce back from a poor shooting performance than to post a triple-double.
Tori Nichols did that. She scored a career-best 40-points including 12-blocks and 14-rebounds to help the Lady Eagles earn 60-37 win over Winston.
â€śIt was a good defensive ball game,â€ť head coach William Cotton said. â€śI had talked to them about consistency and told them if they want to be a state champion, you have to play like you know you can. They answered that call.â€ť
VARDAMAN - For the second consecutive game, Rico Robinson came off the bench to lead West Point in points with 17.
It just so happens the Green Wave won again 77-45 over North Pontotoc Saturday, giving them plenty of momentum heading into tonightâ€™s district battle with Oxford.
Using the same philosophy from Friday nightâ€™s win over Caledonia which snapped a three-game losing skid, the Green Wave stayed true to being aggressive on defense with the press and forcing turnovers which in turn led to points.
GRENADA - Fridayâ€™s loss to North Delta really gave the Oak Hill Raiders a bad attitude. So bad, they put up their best defensive performance of the season on Saturday in a 53-12 victory over Indianola.
â€śIt was the best we defended all year,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śWe didnâ€™t defend very well Friday, we talked about that and we came out really intense on defense.â€ť
The Lady Raiders 16-5, led by Tori Ellis with 14 points, quickly grabbed a 15-6 lead in the first quarter. And by halftime, the girls had a 35-10 lead.
VARDAMAN - West Point so desperately needed a spark, but more importantly, some momentum heading into Tuesdayâ€™s district game with Oxford. They found it off the bench.
Transfer Rico Robinson scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Green Wave to a 73-54 win over Caledonia Friday night at a tournament hosted by Vardaman. They move on to play North Pontotoc.
â€śI feel like weâ€™ve been playing well, we just havenâ€™t won,â€ť head coach Brad Cox said. â€śWe lost a couple of close ones in those three games and this win gave us a little more confidence for Oxford.â€ť
GRENADA - Oak Hill Raiders head coach Brian Middleton said the biggest thing that has helped his team going over the last few weeks is â€śconsistency from everyone.â€ť
That consistency has triggered into a seven game winning streak after Friday nightâ€™s win over Kirk, 47-28.
The streak almost ended at six after the Raiders found themselves trailing at the half 18-17.
â€śWe had given up seven offensive rebounds in the half, and they were getting a few put backs,â€ť Middleton said. â€śAnd in a low scoring game like that, it was making a big difference. We just werenâ€™t playing aggressive.â€ť
PHEBA - Hebron didn't have their first lead of the ball game until two minutes left in the third quarter, setting up a very exciting finish Friday night.
With five seconds on the clock, the Eagles (8-9, 1-2) have the ball at mid-court and Hayden Carty drives to basket hoping to draw some connect and a whistle, but it never came. Kemper Academy handed the Eagles their third straight loss, 45-44 in district action.
PHEBA - Hebron's offense had a tough time clicking Thursday night, fortunately, their defense wasn't.
The Lady Eagles (12-7) overcame a two point second quarter slump to pull out a 37-29 win over Class AAA Heritage Academy. It was the fourth consecutive win for the girls who are now 6-0 at home this season.
"I was most pleased with how we played on defense tonight," head coach William Cotton said. "Our offense wasn't near up to snuff. We tired to switch it up between man to man and zone and box out their best shooter. All the defensive strategy worked."
After having a week off from competition, the Hebron Eagles and Lady Eagles return to the basketball court to tip off the second half of the season Thursday night.
Both the girls and boys teams will take on regional rival MAIS Class AAA Heritage Academy at home. Games are slated for 4 pm.
The Lady Eagles have had this game marked on their calenders since the season opening loss to the same Lady Patriots by 10-points. Hebron had Heritage on the ropes for the majority of the ball game as Rachel Hollivay and Tori Nichols battled in the crease all game long.
West Point was handed their third consecutive loss Tuesday night. And at 5-10, itâ€™s tough to really tell how well the season is going.
â€śWe still havenâ€™t put it all together, and weâ€™re still not playing as good as we should have,â€ť head coach Brad Cox said. â€śBut weâ€™re very close. The record looks a lot worse than it really is.â€ť
The Green Wave lost a heartbreaker, 52-49 on the road at Louisville. Itâ€™s their first game back since December 20.
Leading 23-21 at the half, the Green Wave found themselves down six points in the first two minutes of the third quarter and really never recovered.