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Nearly a full slate of basketball will be in store this weekend for area teams here in Clay County.
All three schools will be in action tonight in some capacity with Oak Hill and West Point on the road on Saturday. Hebronâs junior high teams will be in Oxford.
West Point finally snapped a three-game losing skid this week with a 68-65 win over Noxubee County. The boys, now 4-5, topped the Tigers in Macon for the first time in almost a decade.
Accolades aside, head coach Brad Cox said the win was more important.
Hebron Christian earned their first conference win of the season in the heels of a defensive effort that netted 22 total steals, 49-39 over Calhoun Academy.
The victory snapped another two game skid for the Eagles who improved to 5-4 on the season and 1-1 in 3A action.
âIt was a slow defensive game, both of us were in a zone,â head coach Tri Nason explained. âOnce we started shooting from the outside, they switched to man and that loosened them up the rest of the game. We started stealing, driving and making easy lay-ups.â
STEENS - Rachel Herndon was lights out.
With 16 points including four from the 3 point line, Herndon helped lead the Lady Raiders to their 10th win on the season following a 49-17 win over Immanuel Christian in Class 2 district 2 play Tuesday night.
âIt was nice to see Rachel come around,â head coach Stan Hughey said. âShe was in a bit of a shooting slump and she shot real well for us.â
MACON - West Point sophomore Tre Williams had 11-points in the Green Waveâs 68-65 win over Noxubee County Tuesday night.
No, he wasnât the leading scorer, but when it comes to being clutch, he was almost perfect.
Trailing by four with three minutes left to play, Noxubee were almost in panic mode to try and mount a come back. Williams, who came in the game after Cortez Malone fouled out, was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line with under a minute left to play to ice the victory. He finished 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter.
West Point was highly represented on the 2011 5-A Region 1 squads recently selected by the coaches from each school.
In all, the Green Wave had 17 players honored including 10 on the offensive side of the football, the most of any team in the district.
SCOOBA â Before East Mississippi hoisted their first ever football national championship, the coaches knew it was going to be a slugfest. Both the Lions and Matadors were ranked nationally in offense and featured some of the countryâs top talent in every position.
EMCC secondary coach Clifton Collins knew it was going to be a battle from the opening kickoff.
âThey got some great players on offense,â he said. âWeâre not taking anything away from what they can do, but we made some mistakes and took some bad angles against their running back and he scored four touchdowns on us.â
The West Point Touchdown Club recently wrapped up their annual â30 guns in 30 daysâ raffle in November. Winners were drawn every day throughout the month from prizes provided by Garyâs Pawn Shop.
âI would like to thank everyone for their support this year,â club president Kenny Fowler said. âAs always, we had a good turnout this year and I hope to continue its success in the future.â
With less than six seconds left to play and West Point down by two, a last ditch three point effort was no good. Louisville got the ball back, but the Green Wave were called for an intentional which sent the Wildcats to the line on their way to the win, 56-52.
It was the third straight loss for the Green Wave.
Louisville is traditionally known for their rebounding and transition game, West Point head coach Brad Cox said his team held them in check.
Another solid defensive performance by Oak Hill led the way for a victory as the Lady Raiders tacked on their ninth of the season, 42-27.
âWe made a couple of adjustments in practice (Friday) that we tried and for the most part they did a good job with them,â head coach Stan Hughey said. âIt was one of our better games defensively. Offensively, we have a ways to go. Weâre not shooting the ball very well as a team.â
Tori Ellis finished with a team-high 25 points with 11 rebounds while Anna Ready finished with points. Codi Williams contributed with nine rebounds.
WINONA- Another 20-plus point performance Thursday night by Hebron Christianâs Tori Nichols, helped the Lady Eagles secure their first district victory, 44-37 over Winona.
It also extended their winning streak to a season-best four games.
Head coach William Cotton said this type of momentum will surely help them heading into December as they get set to close out the first half of the year.