January 12th, 2012
High schools return to the court Friday, with several playing in key district contests.
The Lady Raiders, 17-5, bounced back from their fifth loss of the season with a pair of victories over Indianola and Marshall earlier this week as they prepare to return to Class 2AA action this weekend.
â€śWe played good perimeter defense,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said after the 45-32 win over Marshall. â€śWe had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.â€ť
Since suffering a pair of losses at home to Kemper Academy, both the Eagles and Lady Eagles have gotten back in the win column with victories over Macon Central.
Tuesday, the Lady Eagles had a another solid defensive effort in 52-20 win, while the Eagles held off the Vikings, 54-20.
Hebron (14-7, 3-1) shot 55 percent from the floor in the first half and grabbed a 15-4 lead after the first quarter. The girls continued to dominate in the second, while their defense remained solid. The girls led 33-8 at the break.
HOLLY SPRINGS- A 15-point third quarter by Oak Hill helped the Lady Raiders grab another victory Tuesday night, 45-32 over Marshall.
The game could have gone either way early on, both teams refusing to relinquish any big lead, but Oak Hill, (17-5) had a slight 12-10 advantage at the half.
The second quarter was more of same for the Lady Raiders, by halftime they led 22-19.
â€śWe played good perimeter defense,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śWe had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.â€ť
West Point knew ahead of time that the Oxford game would be huge, especially at home.
Fresh off a loss to New Hope, the visiting Chargers didn't want to get behind the eight ball early in district play and on Tuesday night, pulled out a tough road win over the Green Wave 58-42.
The Green Wave, (7-11, 1-1) already with a district victory over Saltillo, went toe-to-toe with the Chargers for three quarters. Down three with 2:57 left to play, Oxford closed out the third quarter on a 6-0 run to end it, and was able to carry over that momentum into the fourth.
Hansel Hill "Squirrel" Simmons
Hansel Hill "Squirrel" Simmons, age 69, passed away Monday, Jan.9, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center of Hamilton, Ala.
Elizabeth Clark Ming
Elizabeth Clark Ming, age 88, passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point. Mary Elizabeth Clark Ming was born March 2, 1923, in Chickasaw County, to the late Jennie Bell Griffin and David Loyce Berry, She was a homemaker.
Graveside funeral services are Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point, with the Rev. Harold Robinson, officiating. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home for procession to the graveside. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Davis Carothers
Mary Davis Carothers, age 101, passed away Monday Jan. 9, 2012, at her residence. She was born March 13, 1910, in Okolona to the late Mary Carpenter and James Davis. She was a retired school teacher and a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a lifetime member of Jr. Auxiliary and a director for teen town for several years.
PHEBA - What better way to bounce back from a poor shooting performance than to post a triple-double.
Tori Nichols did that. She scored a career-best 40-points including 12-blocks and 14-rebounds to help the Lady Eagles earn 60-37 win over Winston.
â€śIt was a good defensive ball game,â€ť head coach William Cotton said. â€śI had talked to them about consistency and told them if they want to be a state champion, you have to play like you know you can. They answered that call.â€ť
Josephine Alesia Johnson
Josephine Alesia Johnson , age 87,passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at West Point Community Living Center.
She was born May 15, 1924, in Gallatin, Tenn., to the late Robbie Sullivan and Herman Southern. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services are today, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Robinson Chapel, with the Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in West Point. Pallbearers are Steven Johnson, Stephen Harpole, Will Harpole, Charlie Dichiara, Leonard Dichiara, Johnathan Edwards.
VARDAMAN - For the second consecutive game, Rico Robinson came off the bench to lead West Point in points with 17.
It just so happens the Green Wave won again 77-45 over North Pontotoc Saturday, giving them plenty of momentum heading into tonightâ€™s district battle with Oxford.
Using the same philosophy from Friday nightâ€™s win over Caledonia which snapped a three-game losing skid, the Green Wave stayed true to being aggressive on defense with the press and forcing turnovers which in turn led to points.