November 16th, 2012
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
It was a very close one and it could have been any possession that could have decided the game between West Point and Amory. A last second A.J. Jonesâ€™ half-court shot rimmed out and saw the Wave fall to the Panthers 58-56.
â€śEverybody is going to look at the last shot,â€ť commented Coach Brad Cox about the loss, â€śbut honestly any possession of this game could have made the difference tonight.â€ť
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders kept their streak alive in convincing fashion Tuesday night with a 67-43 blowout win over regional rival Heritage Academy. The Raiders jumped out to an early lead to take a 19-7 lead and would never look back. J.J. Bridges, who finished with 31 points on the night, scored 11 in the first quarter alone. Oak Hill put emphasis on getting to the foul line early and often. Seniors John Wesley Williamson and Jacob Dickens, who finished with 20 and 10 points, respectively, were a combined 18-26 from the charity stripe.
Oak Hill put another win in the books Tuesday night to remain undefeated at the expense of Heritage Academy in their first matchup with the Lady Patriots this season. The Lady Raiders made it obvious they were by far the superior team as Stan Hugheyâ€™s squad cruised to a 63-22 victory. Oak Hill spread out their offensive attack as 10 players got on the scoreboard. Shay Atkins led the team with another double-double consisting of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Herndon followed behind closely with 10 points, including three treys, and seven rebounds.
The Green Wave have been all business this week. Last year, round two saw West Point exit the playoffs when bitter foe Starkville knocked the Wave out. But this year, West Point wants to erase the bad memory from everyoneâ€™s mind when they play host to Ridgeland.
West Point played Canton in the first round opener. The Wave overwhelmed the Tigers and went on to win 38-0.The offense ran the ball well the whole game, and were able to score at will. Along with the massive offensive success, the Green Wave defense was dominant over Canton, allowing them to pitch a shutout.
The West Point Athletic Department has officially dedicated West Pointâ€™s Football Playoffs to the late Rachel Free.
Mrs. Free passed away last Thursday, November 8, before the Waveâ€™s opening round game against the Canton Tigers. Mrs. Free worked for the West Point School District for forty years and was an avid Green Wave fan throughout her career in West Point.
â€śWe know she is still watching the Green Wave in the best seat in the house from above,â€ť said Head Coach Chris Chambless on the passing of Mrs. Free.
Quick-N-Easy, located on Brame Ave. in West Point, is at risk of going out of business if the Clay County Circuit Court decides to execute its order of default judgement to Roshunda Duncan, who sued the store in 2008 after being injured there the year before.
In her 2008 complaint, Duncan alleges that Quick-N-Easy employee Mohmed Algafaz approached her and began pulling on her, and in her attempt to get him to stop Algafaz allegedly cut Duncanâ€™s wrist with a box cutter.
The Oak Hill Lady Raiders started their regular season off on the right foot with a win over Lamar School in their home debut. Coach Stan Hugheyâ€™s senior-laden squad took a 3-2 lead with Rachel Herndonâ€™s first three-pointer of the night and never looked back, holding the lead for the remainder of the contest.
With only a day to practice, the Oak Hill High School Boys Basketball team had little time to prepare for their first game of the season. Well, prepare they did. The Raiders used their athleticism and effort to steam-roll Lamar in a 75-29 romping. J.J. Bridges buried a three to Oak Hill on the scoreboard first, and from then on it was all red and white. Despite missing key players due to injuries, the Raiders utilized everyone in the rotation to give fans an impressive preview of the young team.