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Green Wave top N. Pontotoc, ready for Oxford

January 9, 2012

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 tonight’s district battle with Oxford.
Using the same philosophy from Friday night’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.
“There was several times in the ball game, we six scored four or six points before they even got the ball across half court,” head coach Brad Cox said. “The press is really what set the tone for us.”
West Point, 7-10, controlled the game from the start, building a 30-point cushion by the end of the third quarter.
The style of play allowed Cox the chance to play several different guys on the floor and give the starters a break by subbing five at a time.
“It really works well because we’re able to give everybody a rest,” Cox said. “One group does well and it makes the other group do well. When more kids are playing, they’re happy.”
Daryl Thomas finished with 12-points while Lyndon Johnson had six points and a team-high six rebounds.
Cox says he plans on using that same type of substitution system against Oxford depending on how the game goes.

District battle
The last three season’s a trio of teams have been in a three-way tie for first. And with only two teams going to make it through to the playoffs after the district tournament, seeds are very important because the number one plays number four.
This year, West Point is off to a good start with their victory over Saltillo, but the Chargers 11-5, however lost to New Hope in their opener. A Green Wave victory would be crucial because it’s easier to win at home.
Oxford has a lot of depth as well as their share of big men down low, including three players 6-5 or taller.
Cox said it should be an even contest throughout, but it’s important for the Green Wave to have a solid five minutes in the first and third quarters.
“I want the defense to set the tone, the first five minutes of those quarters,” he said. “And it really has these past couple of ball games. We’ve been playing some really good schools, so hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”
As for the Green Wave the key to getting a win and moving to 2-0 in the district will be transitions and rebounding.
Cox said they won’t be able to out jump the Chargers, instead box them out.
Tip off is scheduled for 7:30.

Girls: North Pontotoc 68-46 West Point
West Point’s first victory in three games was short lived as the Green Wave fell to a very competitive North Pontotoc squad.
“They’re the best team that we’ve played all year,” head coach Murray Woody said.
The girls 7-10, trailed 37-29 at the half . In the third quarter, West Point had a few turnovers which led to points and helped break the game wide open.
Wilma Davis finished with 15-points.
West Point, who sits at 1-0 in district play will be tested Tuesday. The Lady Chargers are ranked No.2 in 5A and No. 3 in state and at 15-0, are coming off a 79-50 win over New Hope last week to open district play.
“We have to be smart offensively” Woody said. “They like to make teams play at a faster pace, and we let them do that it’s going to be a long night. We have to find a way to weather that storm.”

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