Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
After an 81-35 loss in district against Oxford on Friday night, the West Point Lady Wave used the past couple of days for reflection and cleaning up mistakes. On Sunday afternoon, head coach Kendall Pickens and the Lady Wave attended the Mississippi State-Ole Miss womenâ€™s basketball game and took in the collegiate action taking away valuable lessons to apply to their individual and team play.
Tuesday night West Point played absolutely great and gave the New Hope Lady Trojans everything and more.
Stan Hugheyâ€™s squad is back on track. After pulling off their fourth straight win Tuesday night, this time a 65-49 contest over Lamar in Meridian, the Lady Raiders look primed and ready for a run at the district and state title. Oak Hill used a high scoring first half to pull away early from the fifth-ranked Raiderettes and hold them at bay despite a 24-point performance from Olivia Mabry. The Lady Raiders stuck with their identity of balanced scoring, which is almost always a winning recipe for this team.
It can be difficult to get a win on the road. That statement is even more true in district 2 5-A boys competition as only one team has been able to pick up a win outside of their home gym.
The Green Wave entered into hostile territory Tuesday night to take on district-rival New Hope. In the previous meeting, West Point was able use a thrilling comeback to defeat the Trojans 67-63 at home.
With Spring Training just weeks away, I canâ€™t be picked on too much for writing a baseball column.
Some might raise issue since we havenâ€™t gotten the Super Bowl played, but since there are no southern teams involved in that game, Iâ€™ll take the liberty of skipping ahead to the diamond.
I donâ€™t know how much our Clay County readers have been paying attention to the offseason, but some pretty special things have happened to one of our southern baseball teams.
That would be the Atlanta Braves.
Stan Hugheyâ€™s squad continued their winning ways this past weekend with two convincing wins over Canton Academy and North Delta. The Lady Raiders beat the Lady Panthers 58-22 and the Lady Green Wave 46-34.
Tori Nichols towered over many of her opponents at a dominant 6â€™3â€ť during her time at Hebron Christian, not only height-wise, but talent-wise. Last year, Nichols and her fellow Lady Eagles made a deep run into the MAIS postseason and made it to the State All-Around in Clinton before being eliminated.
Sometimes it takes a little luck when it comes to winning basketball games. After winning three of their previous four games, the Raiders dropped two contests over the weekend in a 48-53 home loss to Canton and 47-56 on the road to North Delta, continuing Oak Hillâ€™s streak of very close losses. The second loss to the Panthers will place the Raiders in the third seed of the district tournament to face Winston in a go-home game.
Mississippi State University and Blair E. Batson Children Hospital have partnered together to raise money and awareness for the only childrenâ€™s hospital in the state of Mississippi.
Spearheaded by the Mississippi State Student Association and Co-Director of Late Night Events Brett Harris, the â€śOn Your Mark, Get Set, GLOW 5k Runâ€ť is set for February 7 and will start at 7 oâ€™clock at night on Mississippi Stateâ€™s Starkville campus. The run will feature local Golden Triangle Area disc jockeys positioned along the three-mile route and has already created an enormous buzz around campus.
Thursday and Friday night were the final regular season games for head coach William Cotton and his Hebron Christian Lady Eagles in Pheba as they closed out MAIS district 3-A play before the district tournament.
Thursday was a must win game for the Lady Eagles hosting Calhoun Academy as Hebron sat with a 2-4 district record after a narrow 42-41 victory over Kemper Academy Tuesday. In another tightly contested match-up, the Lady Eagles used a gutsy third quarter to pull away from the Lady Cougars picking up the needed win 48-41.
The West Point Green Wave returned to district 2 5-A action Friday night playing host to the Oxford Chargers. Both teams entered the night with 1-1 records and hoped to pick up their second win in district play.
The night started out well for Oxford as the Chargers took an early 12-2 lead over the Wave after three minutes of play in the first quarter. West Point though cranked up and tore through Oxford with a 19-6 run closing out the quarter ahead 21-19. After taking the lead late in the first, the Wave never relinquished their hold on the game going on to win 81-67.