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January 20th, 2012
West Point could have it's first trophy of the season on the basketball court come Saturday.
The junior high girls basketball team, under the direction of six year head coach Beverly Jackson, will tipoff for the Big Six Conference championship against Starkville in Starkville. Start time is scheduled for noon. It will be the first time in recent memory the girls have chance to play for the title, and it's the first for coach Jackson.
"I wasn't aware of the accomplishment," she said. "But i'm very excited to get a chance to play for it."
LOUISVILLE - Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton said Tuesdayâ€™s victory over Winston wasnâ€™t a season changing win, but â€śWe had to get that mentality back.â€ť
Oak Hill snapped a four-game losing streak with a 52-36 win over Winston Academy and keep their heads above water as they fight for a number two seed in the district tournament.
â€śWeâ€™re going to come around,â€ť Middleton said. â€śOne game at a time starting with Friday night against Manchester.â€ť
CALHOUN CITY - The Hebron Christian Lady Eagles continued to stay among the top of the MAIS 3A standings Tuesday night with a 42-22 victory over Calhoun Academy on the road.
The Lady Eagles, 16-7, moved to 5-1 in the district behind only Kemper Academy as they look to defend their title and secure a top seed heading into the district tournament with two more games left, both on the road.
Hebron won by a large margin the last time these teams met in December, but Calhoun, who have just one win the 3A, wasnâ€™t going to be a pushover this time.
Tonight's games between West Point and Starkville has been canceled because of the threat of potential weather in the region later tonight.
No make up date has been scheduled.
All three high schools will be in action tonight.
Herbon Christian, who split a pair of games with district foe Winona last Friday, travels to Calhoun for the first of two straight road games and another district tilt.
The Lady Eagles are 4-1 in 3A play, second to only undefeated Kemper Academy while the Eagles, who lost to Winona are currently in third at 2-3.
Oak Hill is also on the road for the second consecutive night at Winston for a 2AA district clash. Both squads lost to Leake last week in Madden and look to remain in the hunt for a top seed in the district tournament.
MADDEN -The drought continued for the Oak Hill Raiders Saturday afternoon as they dropped their fourth game in a row, falling to Leake Academy 63-56 in overtime.
Leake outscored the Raiders, who had two players foul out in the extra period 10-3.
AJ Jones led the team in scoring with 28-points and had a chance to snap the skid with eight seconds left in the ball game, only converting on one of two from the line.
ABERDEEN - West Point had four players finish in double figures Saturday, and despite a tough effort the second time around, Aberdeen still came out on top, 86-83.
â€śWe did a lot of things very well,â€ť head coach Brad Cox said.
The Green Wave (8-12, 1-1) were solid at the line, shooting 23-of-28 and had only 14 turnovers which Cox said was remarkable for a high school game considering Aberdeen was pressing on almost every possession.
The Oak Hill Raiders have dropped four in a row after their 63-56 overtime loss to Leake on Saturday in District 2AA play. The Lady Raiders were handed their first loss in the district, falling to the Lady Rebels 52-44. The girls dropped to 5-1 in the district.
West Point lost in a heartbreaker to Aberdeen, 86-82 in the final of the aberdeen tournament.
Oak Hill once showed why defense is their bread and butter. They can shoot pretty good too.
Friday night, the Lady Raiders had one of their best defensive performances of the season with a 62-19 win over Canton. The victory moves them to 18-5 on the year, but more importantly 5-0 in MAIS District 2AA.
â€śIâ€™ve tried to convince this bunch that thatâ€™s our identity,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śOur ability to guard people.â€ť
In the two games prior, especially against Marshall, the girls were able to shut down the opponents top offensive weapon.
ABERDEEN - West Pointâ€™s recent success has come from a lot of factors, but head coach Brad Cox points to his defense.
The Green Wave picked up their third win in four games Thursday, 85-62 over West Oktibbeha.
â€śOur defense has been getting better over the last few games,â€ť he said. â€śJust the effort and intensity has been better and the guys are buying into that. Theyâ€™re starting to see when you play defense well, we can get things in transition and open some things up.â€ť