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Green Wave earn first district victories

December 17, 2011

What better way to get out of a slump than with a district win. After all, come February, those are the only records that matter.
Friday, the West Point girls, who have lost four of the last five ball games, earned a big win at home defeating Saltillo 47-36. The victory pushes them up to 6-6 on the year and a clean 1-0 record in the region.
Meanwhile the boys snapped a two-game slide with a 68-51 win.
The girls got off to slow start, struggling at times to get the offensive rebounds as baskets didn’t come easy for both squads.
The Lady Tigers were held scoreless for nearly four minutes in the second quarter, that was the perfect time for West Point to pad their lead with a 7-0 run to go up 17-10 with less than two minutes to play in the half.
Saltillo scored six-points in the final minute to trim the lead to three at the break, 19-16.
West Point carried over their momentum into the third, jumping out with a 9-3 run and once again shutting down the Lady Tigers for nearly four minutes.
“We were playing fine defensively, we just weren’t executing well enough in our sets,” head coach Murray Woody said about his halftime adjustments.
“We scored a lot of our points out of the fast break but we need to do a better job executing our sets. I didn’t want to run a press, because once we play a team like Oxford, we’re not going to be able to trap them out of a ball game.”
The Green Wave scored 19-points in the third quarter to blow the game wide open and never look back. Saltillo did outscore the girls 12-9 in the fourth.
Wilma Davis returned to form with a 19-point effort including three 3-pointers while Adrianna Billups also finished in double figures with 10.
“We were more athletic than they were, but they were executing well,” Woody said. “But for us to beat a team like that, we have to execute just as well and we did that tonight.”

Boys: West Point 68-51 Saltillo

In what was their most complete team performance this season, West Point grabbed their first region win Friday.
In all, five players finished in double figures for the Wave led by Cortez Makone and Daryl Thomas each with 13-points. Laquante Gaston, Keon McKinney and Arrington Lenoir rounded out the top scorers with 11-points apiece.
All tied up at 12 after the first quarter, West Point (5-7, 1-0) rolled out the red carpet in the second with 17-points to grab a 29-17 lead at the half.
“We played pretty well defensively all night long,” head coach Brad Cox said. “Offensively, we were a lot more patient with the ball than we have been in the last few games. We did a better job in making the right decisions when we scored.”
Earlier this season, West Point dominated the third quarter, and Friday was no different as they rallied for 26-points to really take control of the game.
“We had talked about having that fire and intensity, and the way we started the last two games, we couldn’t start that way tonight,” Cox said. “You want to win all the district games, but you definitely want to win the home ones.”
A complete recap of Saturday’s non-conference slate with Tupelo will be in the Tuesday edition of the Daily Times Leader.

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