STARKVILLE – The West Point girls basketball team had their three-game winning streak snapped Friday night, 59-45. In their three losses this season, two have come at the hands of the Lady Yellowjackets. First year head coach Murray Woody said the difference was rebounding.
“They made some mistakes, we made some mistakes, but we didn’t rebound the basketball and got beat on the offensive glass,” he said. “Other than that I thought our effort was good, our hustle was good, and we closed the gap some. We just got beat on the boards.”
The Lady Yellowjackets had slim 10-8 lead after the opening quarter and after West Point cut the lead to one, Starkville carried an 8-0 into the half 31-28.
West Point still trailed by nine headlining into the fourth quarter, and with a little over five minutes left to play and Starkville on the fringe of foul trouble, Woody changed his strategy and told the girls to drive the basket and try and get contact.
“We’re a pretty free-throw shooting team,” he said. “I wanted to get to the line so we could rest and score some points.”
Starkville responded with a six point run of their own to finally give them plenty of cushion for the win.
Not only did West Point struggle in the rebound department, they also had 27 turnovers for the ball game including on in-bounds set plays.
“That’s not characteristic of us because we weren’t executing those plays,” Woody said. “They were just doing their own thing and it showed. “
Wilma Davis and Nekeisha Walker led the girls in double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively, while Adriana Billups and Taylor McCrary each finished with seven apiece.
Brittany Brown led SHS with 20 points.
Boys: Starkville 82 – 45 West Point
Early indications seem to say the West Point and Starkville rematch would be a little more competitive, and it was early in the first quarter. Daryl Thomas sank a three-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit 11-10, before the wheels just came off.
The No.1 ranked Yellowjackets scored 15-unanswered points late in the opening to grab a substantial 26-10 lead.
The teams went toe-to-toe in the second quarter, matching basket for basket, but the Green Wave still found themselves down 20 points at halftime.
Starkville continued to score, opening the third quarter with an 11-2 advantage and never looked back.
“We got in foul trouble again, just like we did in the first game,” head coach Brad Cox said. “They (Starkville) had a ton of offensive rebounds and put backs. We played hard, but we made mistakes and you can’t afford to makes mistakes against a team like this.”
Tyrone Saverson finished with a team-best 14 points while Thomas and Arrington Lenior closed out the game with nine and seven respectively.
Starkville’s Dandy Dozen selections Gavin Ware contributed 15 points and Jacolby Mobley added 11.Tori Rice led the Jackets with 17.View more articles in: