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West Point’s boys and girls kickoff new season at Ripley jamboree

October 31, 2011

With the 2011 season just days away, West Point’s boys and girls basketball teams had their first real taste of competition on Saturday when they traveled to Ripley for a preseason jamboree.

It was a chance for both coaches to really see what they had, and both were very impressed.

“I was proud of their effort, they have a lot of heart and character,” girls head basketball coach Murray Woody said. “It took a us a little time to get into a rhythm, but once we settled down and ran the stuff we’ve been practicing and executed, we did a lot better.”

After giving up just a handful of points to Thrasher in 15-4 contest, the girls had a much more competitive ball game against the defending 3A state champs in Ripley. Down by 11 in the second eight minute quarter, the girls battled back tied the game at 33-33.

“They we’re a real test for us,” Woody said. “It was a real physical game and basically a home game for them.”
The girls had a chance to win it, but Woody admits that overall a tie is as good a victory.

The girls start the season Saturday at 3 pm. when they host Starkville in the West Point Classic. Woody says from a coaching standpoint, he doesn’t know too much about the Yellowjackets, but he plans to concentrate on their own game plan.

“I’m going to go over again our assignments on defense , rotations, set plays and in bounds plays, where they’re supposed to be going and who’s doing what,” he said. “And just be sharper with our execution. I think if we can do that, because the effort and hustle is there, the rest will take care of itself.”

West Point’s boys team was also in action against Biggersville and then Ripley. Head coach Brad Cox was happy with the effort, but they did get a little too aggressive at times.

“We reached in a lot on defense and re rushed some shots offensively,” Cox said. “We weren’t very patient on our shot selection.”

A lot of those issues Cox said was just nerves and first game jitters after playing each other for the last few weeks. For the most part, the Green Wave did rebound the ball very well, but there was a stretch where
they struggled at times to clean the boards.

“We’re still not where we want to be, but there was some signs that we’re heading in the right direction.”

Cox said one of the biggest keys for Saturday’s game is avoiding being outnumbered, especially with West Point as aggressive as they are.

“It’s hurts you defensively and it hurts you in rebounding,” he said. “Being in the right position and rebounding are the biggest issues we’ll
have to overcome.”

“We’re going to have to be the most aggressive of the two teams, we just have to stay out of foul trouble.”

The Green Wave and Yellowjackets tip-off at 4:30.

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