VARDAMAN - West Point so desperately needed a spark, but more importantly, some momentum heading into Tuesdayâ€™s district game with Oxford. They found it off the bench.
Transfer Rico Robinson scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Green Wave to a 73-54 win over Caledonia Friday night at a tournament hosted by Vardaman. They move on to play North Pontotoc.
â€śI feel like weâ€™ve been playing well, we just havenâ€™t won,â€ť head coach Brad Cox said. â€śWe lost a couple of close ones in those three games and this win gave us a little more confidence for Oxford.â€ť
West Point set the tone on defense early in the ball game, holding Caledonia to just nine points and by half time extended their lead to 38-26.
The Green Wave, who had success in the press and forced several turnovers outscored Caledonia 17-11 and 18-17 in the third and fourth quarter on their way to the win.
Keon McInney finished with 16-points while Daryl Thomas had 10. Cortez Malone had eight points to compliment eight assists and six rebounds.
Girls: West Point 45-17 Caledonia
In what head coach Murray Woody described a slow paced game, the Green Picked up their first win in three games with a very good defensive performance.
Kiesha Walker led the girls with 11-points.
â€śWe were a lot more focused, we played really good defensively,â€ť Woody said. â€śWe tried some different things with the girls that we havenâ€™t tried before. We extended the zone and forced Caledonia to make long passes and we got a few turnovers off of that.â€ť
The Green Wave jumped ahead with an early 16-5 lead in the first before toning it down in the second, but still had a commanding 24-10 lead at the half.
The teams were evenly matched on the scorboard in the third before West Point really hammered down in the fourth by a 12-1 margin.