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By Bryan Davis
The West Point Green Wave basketball program is entering the twilight of the 2010-2011 regular season. With just a couple of weeks left, most of the remaining schedule will be made up of the seasonâ€™s most important contests, district games.
After playing at home for the first time in a month on Tuesday night, the Green Wave teams will be back on the home court again tomorrow night to take on Oxford High School.
The West Point players and coaches know how crucial this game is.
â€śItâ€™s very important to finish first in our district,â€ť said Green Wave boys head coach Brad Cox. â€śIf you go into the district tournament as the first-place seed, you play the fourth-place seed in the first game.â€ť
Cox said that in their district, the talent level is so high that there isnâ€™t much difference between the second and third-place teams. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s so imperative to be able to play the last place club.
A year ago, the Green Wave entered the tournament in second place, and Friday nightâ€™s foe was there waiting.
â€śOxford sent us home last year,â€ť Cox said. â€śThey ended our season.â€ť
While Oxford may be the team to beat in the district this season, West Point likes its chances playing at home in front of a loud home crowd.
â€śThe crowd is huge,â€ť Cox said. â€śWhen our gym is packed, our players feed off of that. They need that boost of energy. Thatâ€™s where that extra effort comes from. When thereâ€™s is a huge crowd, it gives them another reason to play hard.â€ť
The girls came in against Starkvilel on Tuesday night, riding a 12-game winning streak. They extended that to 13 with the non-district win.
Tomorrow night, they are looking to make it a perfect 2-0 in district play when they take on the Lady Chargers.
â€śItâ€™s a big game,â€ť said Lady Wave head coach Jemmye Ann Helms. â€śOxford is always very good. We need to win that game.â€ť
The girls will have the early game, which will start right around 6 p.m. on Friday. West Point hopes the crowd arrives early and ready to make some noise.
â€śIf we could get a lot of support, that would help us too,â€ť Helms said.
West Point will host just two more times before the end of the regular season. On February 8-11, the Green Wave teams will be hosting the district tournament.