KOSCIUSKO – First year head girls basketball coach Murray Woody is pleased with his 2-2 record so far season. After playing their fourth game in eight days Saturday, the girls notched another victory, 57-45 over Kosciusko.
Woody talked about before the game how important it was for the girls to execute, they did that early and often. Each team had a dozen in the slow paced first quarter, but with the Lady Whippets playing in zone, Woody quickly pulled them out to build up a lead.
“Once I got the lead I pulled the ball up and we held it,” he said. “We wanted them to extend their defense to give us an opportunity to spread them out so we could use our quickness and athleticism and it worked to a charm.”
Wilma Davis and Talyor McCrary each had 19 points in the game that finally started to loosen up in the second quarter a little bit. West Point had 15 in the third to up the ante 42-29 heading into the final period.
The schedule, if it wasn’t already tough enough, will get a little harder as they continue their five-game road swing at Kemper, East
Oktibbeah and Starkville.
“Both Kemper and East Oktibbeah are little smaller than us, but they’re going to be quick and athletic, and probably have more depth” Woody said. “None of those are gimmie’s for us.”
Woody feels road games really only hurt you when their back-to-back, but there is an advantage to playing so many away from home, they get you prepped for the playoffs.
Because of the slow pace of the game, the girls who are very thin on the bench, did stay out of foul trouble. Starter Kinyada Pittman, who was injured in the Tupleo contest, did miss the game Saturday, but her absence wasn’t an issue as Woody thought it would be.
West Point will have a few days to ready to continue their road trip which starts Thursday at East Oktibbeah. Woody says the girls will hit the practice court for fundamentals to stay fresh.
“Some take that stuff for granted, if you don’t practice it, you lose it,” he said.
West Point Boys
About 48 hours removed from their overtime loss to Tupelo, West Point had a complete team effort Saturday, winning convincingly over Kosciusko 81-63.
With so many games to start this season, giving players plenty of rest was key to the win head coach Brad Cox said.
“We didn’t get home until late Thursday night from Tupelo,” he said. “Friday, everyone was kind of dragging, so we knew we had to play a lot of people early.”
The Green Wave rotated as much as possible in the first quarter and didn’t look out of sync with a 28-16 lead. By the half, they led by 15. With the lead stretching to nearly 20 points, Cox gave the starters a break and let the rest of the guys take over in the third quarter to seal the win despite conceding 28 points in the second
“A lot of people played and a lot of people scored,” Cox said. “It’s always good to have everybody contributing.”
Arrington Lenoir was one of three Green Wave to finish in double figures with a team-high 15 points. Keon McKinney had 13, followed by Cortez Malone with 10. Laqunate Gaston, nearly had a double-double with 12 rebounds and eight points.
Cox said he and the players are looking forward to getting a break before hitting the road to Maben on Thursday.
“When you’re practicing all that time from August until the start of the season, you’re going against yourself every day, and you can’t always tell what you need to work on” he said. “Once you play some teams, weaknesses get exposed and you find out more of what you need to work on.”View more articles in: