By Bryan Davis
Last Friday, the West Point Lady Green Wave basketball team (20-5) secured the district title and a home playoff game. In order to advance further, they had to go through the Lady Rams of Indianola-Gentry.
The Delta powerhouse came to visit on Monday night, delivering a tough, season-ending loss to the West Point girls, by a score of 67-48.
â€śWe came out, and we were a little flat,â€ť said West Point head coach Jemmye Ann Helms, who hosted her first playoff game as head coach of the Lady Wave. â€śWe missed some shots early. We didnâ€™t play as physical as we needed to play.â€ť
Things looked bad from the start for West Point, as they allowed the Gentry girls to mount a 9-0 lead early in the first quarter.
The Lady Wave did not give up, however, and they finished the opening period very respectively.
Kelsei Ewings put West Pointâ€™s first two-point shot up with 4:20 to go in the first. Taylor McCrary added two more to make it 9-4. Ewings followed that up with a three-pointer to cut the lead to 9-7.
With 51 seconds to go in the first, West Point had tied the game up. The Lady Rams would get four more points with under a minute to go, but Nekeisha Walkerâ€™s single free throw shot left West Point only trailing 13-10 at the end of one.
In the second, West Point allowed Gentry to slip away again. This time is was to the tune of 21 points.
The Green Wave girls only put up eight before halftime. Ewings would add four more to her total, and Wilma Davis got in on the score with two points. Walker finished out the quarterâ€™s scoring with a pair of free throws to make it 34-18 at the half.
West Point continued to battle, however, putting up 14 in the third quarter. Wilma Davis shot the first six points, before Adrianna Billups got her first shot of the night. She would end up with four in the third, but the Lady Rams finished the third with a 53-32 lead.
â€śI couldnâ€™t be more proud of the girls,â€ť Helms said of their effort. â€śThey never stopped playing hard. Unfortunately, Gentry was better.â€ť
Even down by 19, with eight minutes to go, the Lady Wave did continue to play hard against the Lady Rams.
After Alexandria Morgan opened up the fourth with three points, Ewings went on a shooting spree, finishing out her final game as a West Point player, with 10 consecutive points, including a three pointer.
Gentry kept pace, however, and finished out the 19-point victory.
Ewings would finish the game with 22 points. Wilma Davis had 10 points.
Walker had five points in the game, and Adrianna Billups scored four, with Taylor McCrary sinking two points.