By Will Nations
Many people surrounding the West Point basketball program felt that something special would happen in the 2013-14 season.
They were right. The West Point Green Wave is headed to the North State semi-finals and will not have to leave the city limits.
With all five starters returning from a strong 2012-13 season, West Point High School Assistant Principal Kendall Pickens knew that an opportunity to host the MHSAA Class-5A North State tournament would be an award and a possibility. Pickensâ€™ bid to the MHSAA landed the tournament in West Point.
â€śCoach (Brad) Cox asked me to put the bid in (this year). I knew with how great our boys were playing, they had a really good shot at Jackson,â€ť Pickens said, explaining the reasoning behind the bid. â€śI wanted our guys to have fighting chance to make it at home.â€ť
The West Point Green Wave (26-5 overall) hosts the Clarion-Ledger No. 1 and defending MHSAA Class-5A state champion Callaway of Jackson at 7:30 p.m. tonight at West Point High School. The tournament opens with a match-up between the Vicksburg Gators and Center Hill Mustangs at 6 p.m. tonight.
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