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West Point splits on the hardwood

November 22, 2011

DEKALB – Kemper County’s eight point run in the last two minutes all but sealed a 62-53 win over West Point Monday night, snapping a two-game winning streak by the Green Wave.

Down by five with a little over six minutes left to play in the contest, Daryl Thomas hit back-to-back threes to pull them within one before Cortez Malone gave them the lead. Malone finished with 17, including 12 in the first half. That was short lived as Kemper went on an eight-point run late in the quarter to grab the win.

Leading 23-22 at the half, West Point had an early breakdown and couldn’t recover. The teams traded baskets before the Wildcats forced some turnovers and stretched their lead 34-27 with four-minutes and three seconds to play. West Point cut the lead to within four, but still trailed at the break 41-39.

“It was a great game, wish it would have come out our way,” head coach Brad Cox said. “The third quarter has always been our quarter so far this season. We come out and set the tone, it didn’t happen that way. They made the run in the third when it’s usually us.”

Cox said Kemper’s Devontae Pollard had a lot to do with it. He finished with 24 points in the game, second behind Nicholas Giles’ 25. Pollard is the third Dandy Dozen selection the Green Wave have faced
this season.

“We didn’t drive and we weren’t real patient in the zone and he (Pollard) made plays,” he said

West Point had control of the game early on, forcing turnovers and bad shots then transitioning well down the floor. Defense was also solid;

Tyrone Saverson had a couple of blocks which led to some points and a
13-10 lead for the visitors.

The Green Wave extended their lead to eight in the second before Kemper cut the deficit to one, but still couldn’t tie the ballgame.
“That’s our thing, press and run and play defense,” said Cox.”We got some big time rebounds I thought, especially in that second quarter boxing their big boys out. It got a little sloppy in the second and fourth. We want to be quick, but we want to make good decisions.”

Arrington Lenior finished with 13 on the night followed by Thomas with 10.

After the Thanksgiving break, West Point concluded their road swing with a rematch with Starkville.

“That’ll give us a little time to work on our zone stuff and rest up.”

Girls West Point 57-35 Kemper County

Keisha Walker’s 16 points was a team-high and she was one of four Green Wave Monday night to finish in double digits as West Point earned a comfortable win on the road 57-35 over Kemper County to head into the Thanksgiving.

West Point controlled the ball game from the opening tip, and even though they had big margin, Kemper was never far behind. Kemper outscored the visitors in the second quarter, 11-9 but still trailed at the break 22-17.

“It was kind of back and forth early on,” head coach Woody Murray said. “We would get an 11-point lead then they would go and six or seven. We had some breakdowns, but we were able to adjust to what they were doing. They surprised us a couple of time with their pressure, but once we focused on that, we had no trouble breaking it.”

After a seesaw third quarter, the Green Wave defense shutdown Kemper, holding them to just four points in the fourth quarter as the offense piled on.

“This was a complete team effort,” Woody said. “We need this every night.”

Wilma Davis and Adrianna Billups knocked down 14 apiece while Taylor
McCrary finished with 10 to round out the top scorers.

“I give it to Kemper County because they made us work for this one,” Woody said. “They were able to sub some girls and rotate some fresh bodies, I only worked with six.”

Woody says a lack of depth is something he’s accustomed to as a coach, last season he won a south state title at Ethel only playing seven.

The girls look avenge a season opening loss to Starkville December 2.

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