With less than six seconds left to play and West Point down by two, a last ditch three point effort was no good. Louisville got the ball back, but the Green Wave were called for an intentional which sent the Wildcats to the line on their way to the win, 56-52.
It was the third straight loss for the Green Wave.
Louisville is traditionally known for their rebounding and transition game, West Point head coach Brad Cox said his team held them in check.
“We really did a good job of taking that away from them,” he said. “We got back, we didn’t give up many easy ones (baskets), one or two, but nothing major.”
Tied at 11 after the opening quarter, the Wildcats were holding to a slim three point lead at the half.
Although West Point cleaned the glass well offensively, especially in the fourth quarter with 15, the Green Wave had a poor shooting performance, just 30 percent for the ball game.
“This was the worst shooting game we had all year,” said Cox, whose team shot 1-for-20 from behind the arch. “I don’t know if we didn’t have the legs. That Starkville game might have taken the wind out of their sails. A couple of those missed shots fall in and it’s a completely different ball game.”
The game continued to be a battle, as both teams really didn’t completely dominate in the third quarter, but Louisville did extend the lead to four heading into the final eight minutes.
Keon McKinney led the team with 15 points while Cortez Malone knocked down 13.
West Point looks to end their losing skid on the road at Noxubee County.
Girls: Louisville 57-56 West Point
West Point gave up a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and gave up 23-point, dropping their second contest in a row.
After a slow start, the girls found themselves with a 27-22 lead at the half. Things got shaky in the third when Adriana Billups fouled out before Wilma Davis was forced to take a seat in the fourth after getting her fifth foul. West Point has their chances at the free throw line as well, converting on 17-of-30 opportunities from the stripe.
Davis and Nakeisha Walker each had 14 apiece as Taylor McCrary finished with 13.View more articles in: