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.
With less than five minutes left to play, the lead was now at 15 for Oxford and the hole was too deep to dig out of.
West Point head coach Brad Cox had a solid game plan going into the game, but the Chargers kept them off balance all night long.
"They did a good job of changing defenses, going from man to zone and back and forth," he said. "We had a hard time getting in any kind of rhythm on offense. Defensively, I thought we did a good job until the fourth quarter, but a lot of that was playing catch up."
The last three seasons have seen Oxford, West Point and New Hope in a three-way tie for first, so every game from here on out will be crucial for the Green Wave to try and get that number one seed.
The squads were neck and neck going out of the gates, with neither team having the lead for less than a few possessions, but it was the Chargers who led 11-10 after the first.
Cortez Malone, the only Green Wave to finish in double figures with 10, drove the lane and gave West Point the lead early in the second. Tied at 18, Oxford went on a 5-0 run to take the lead for good heading into half time, 26-22.
"Nobody's unbeatable in this district," Cox said. "Nobody is that talented that we can't play with them. When everybody's even, it's going to come down to the little things, boxing out, rotating on defense and making the easy baskets. When you play somebody, where two teams are even, that's what it comes down to."
Girls: Oxford 75-44 West Point
After battling a very good North Pontotoc team and coming up short, West Point's district battle with Oxford was going to be just as tough. Tuesday, Oxford proved why they are No. 2 in 5-A and No.3 overall in the state.
Wilma Davis drained a three-pointer that tied the gam at 5 with 5:06 left to play in the opening quarter. The tone of the game quickly became one sided as Oxford went on a 20-2 run to close out the period of play and take a 25-7 advantage.
"They were pretty good," head coach Murray Woody said. "Their pressure ate us up. We didn't play our normal self and we did a lot of uncharacteristic things in missing layups and making bad passes."
The Lady Chargers continued force West Point to play fast paced which led to several turnovers, 22 in the first half alone as Oxford opened up the second with an 8-0 run. Oxford cleaned up the offensive boards and by half-time had a commanding 46-16 lead.
Oxford stretched the lead 66-31 after the third quarter before West Point's defense held them scoreless for nearly five minutes in the fourth.
Taylor McCrary scored a team-high 15-points while Nakeisha Walker and Wilma Davis finished with eight and six points apiece.
Woody knows the remaining district schedule won't be easy three road games including at New Hope and Oxford, but he's still optimistic about a second place finish.View more articles in: