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By Bryan Davis
There is a lot on the line for the West Point Green Wave (8-8; 1-0) basketball team tonight.
Hosting the first-place Oxford Chargers, West Point needs this district win to propel them into the No. 1 spot as the team gets ready for an impending playoff scenario in two weeks.
â€śLast year, we finished second,â€ť said West Point head coach Brad Cox. â€śIn our division, thereâ€™s not a lot of difference between the second and third place teams. You definitely want to go in there facing the No. 4 seeded team.â€ť
So far this season, the Green Wave have played 16 games. Only one of those was a district match, a win against Saltillo right before the Christmas Break.
West Point began the season with some solid play, including a recent tournament win at Vardaman.
In the last week and a half, however, the Green Wave defense has been surrendering a lot of points.
West Point gave up 92 to Okolona last weekend, before giving up 80-plus to West Lowndes on Saturday night.
On Tuesday night, the Green Wave hosted their first home game in a month, taking on Starkville. The Yellowjackets put 71 points on the board against the West Point defense in the non-district loss.
Oxford comes into tonightâ€™s game with a dozen wins, including two recent district victories over New Hope (71-62) and Saltillo (91-49).
All of tonightâ€™s action will begin at 6 p.m. with the girls tipping off, followed immediately by the boys game.