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Once again it was Starkvilleâ€™s Gabe Myles who handed the Wave their final loss of the season. This time it took an overtime period to decide the team that got to travel to Jackson. Myles threw the overtime touchdown and ran in the winning two-point conversion to lead the Jackets past West Point for a second time in a row in postseason play.
It was a hard fought affair the last time Starkville and West Point met in the playoffs.
A fourth quarter drive led by Starkville Quarterback Gabe Myles put out the then two-time defending 5A champions in West Point 20-14.
Last year was not the Waveâ€™s year in the West Point-Starkville rivalry as the Yellow Jackets doubled up on the Green Wave. But in 2012, West Point won the regular season game in Starkville 47-22, and hopes to find redemption this year in the North Half Championship.
The Lady Wave could not get much done Monday night against Kemper County as the Lady Wildcats ran rampant in the West Point gym. West Point was on the wrong side of a twenty point deficit and fell to the Lady Wildcats 53-33.
Juan Davis nailed a clutch corner three at the 3:15 minute mark of the fourth quarter with the game tied 49-49. Davisâ€™s shot sparked a 10-2 scoring stretch allowing the Green Wave to beat Kemper County 63-56 on Monday night.
Oak Hill Academy was unable to keep their undefeated season alive against Starkville Academy in a 39-52 loss against the Volunteers. The Raiders were plagued by bad shooting and many careless turnovers that resulted in easy layups for Starkville. While Oak Hill was resilient in their comeback efforts, the deficit they had fallen into earlier in the game proved to be insurmountable.
The Lady Raiders came close, but were not able to knock their rival Starkville Academy from the top spot in the rankings. In an incredible rally, Oak Hill nearly upset the Lady Volunteers in an electric Monday night game that resulted in a 58-52 loss for the Lady Raiders.
The first half of the competition was frustrating for fans to watch. The Lady Raiders were sturggling from the field and the Lady Vols could not miss. After a lethargic opening half, Oak Hill headed to the locker room trailing 37-17.
It was the second round of the 5-A playoffs, and West Point looked spectacular against the Ridgeland Titans.
Everything was hitting on all cylinders as the Wave controlled all three aspects of the game. Offensively and defensively, West Point looked high-caliber and explosive throughout. Along with the special teams play with contribution in the kicking game from Eric Lemus and a kick-off return touchdown by Aeris Williams.
â€śWe hit on all cylinders, we came out and we were ready,â€ť said Quarterback Tez Lane about the Waveâ€™s offense performance.
Many people have seen Ed Brown playing on Friday night in the green and white, others have spotted him at church, and many know Ed from his involvement in the classroom. Yet where ever you see Ed Brown, everyone that has encountered him sees he has special abilities.
On the field, Ed is playing his final season for West Point and starting at defensive end. He is impressive to watch; he finds himself in the opponentsâ€™ backfield constantly and stirs up trouble for offenses. Brown collected 4 sacks this past Friday night against Ridgeland in the second round playoff game.
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