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West Point breaks three game losing streak at the line

December 7, 2011

MACON - West Point sophomore Tre Williams had 11-points in the Green Wave’s 68-65 win over Noxubee County Tuesday night.

No, he wasn’t the leading scorer, but when it comes to being clutch, he was almost perfect.

Trailing by four with three minutes left to play, Noxubee were almost in panic mode to try and mount a come back. Williams, who came in the game after Cortez Malone fouled out, was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line with under a minute left to play to ice the victory. He finished 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter.

The win snapped a three game losing skid for the Green Wave this season and was the first win in Macon in almost a decade.

“He played well early,” head coach Brad Cox said. “So we had a lot of confidence to go back to him when the game was on the line.”

West Point was hungry for win since losing to Kemper two weeks ago, and found themselves trailing after the opening quarter 17-13. Both schools put up 16-points in the second half, and still the deficit was just four points at the half, 33-29.

The game quickly turned in favor of the visitors as West Point got hot
in the third quarter, much like they have several times this season and tied the game at 45 heading into the fourth quarter.

With the lead late the game, West Point needed to per clutch from the line and they were, knocking down 17-of-28 attempts for the ball game.

Keon McKinney finished with a team high 15-points while Arrington Lenoir scored 13-points and grabbed six rebounds. Malone rounded out the top scorers with a dozen. Tyrone Saverson finished with six rebounds and a
team-high four blocks.

The Green Wave return to the court Friday when they host Aberdeen.

Girls: Noxubee County 66-58 West Point

Ty-neisa Mickens scored 15-points in the fourth quarter for Noxubee County, leading the Lady Tigers with 35-points and a 66-58 win overt West Point. It was the third consecutive loss for the Green Wave since their win over Kemper County.

“We just let one girls beat us,” head coach Murray Woody said. “We did a better job rebounding and did well against the press.”

West Point got to within three points with 40 seconds to play before they were forced to foul, that's when Noxubee took over. The Lady Tigers were 20-of-24 from the free-throw line, and Mickens was 14-of-15.

Sticking to a zone defense, West Point trailed 16-9 after the opening quarter. Changing tactics to man-to-man helped get them back in the game and put them to within six at the half. Although they scored 19-points in the fourth, it wasn’t enough to grab a road win.

Taylor McCray had a team-high 17-point while Wilma Davis once again finished in double figures with 15 points. Adrianna Billups scored 11 to round out the top scorers.

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