Nearly a full slate of basketball will be in store this weekend for area teams here in Clay County.
All three schools will be in action tonight in some capacity with Oak Hill and West Point on the road on Saturday. Hebron’s junior high teams will be in Oxford.
West Point finally snapped a three-game losing skid this week with a 68-65 win over Noxubee County. The boys, now 4-5, topped the Tigers in Macon for the first time in almost a decade.
Accolades aside, head coach Brad Cox said the win was more important.
“We needed that victory,” he said. “You need confidence in everything you do and we had a tough three games in a row against some good teams and two of those we had a chance to win.”
Sophomore Tre Williams came off the bench and scored 11-points while knocking down five free-throws late in the ball game to help get the win.
The Green Wave welcome the Aberdeen Bulldogs tonight in non-district action, hoping to improve to .500 again on the season before traveling back to Noxubee County to play Neshoba Central in the Macon Classic.
The Green Wave have found production from just about everybody this season with four players averaging about double figures every night led by Daryl Thomas with 19. Arrington Lenoir scores about 15 a ball game while Cortez Malone knocks down nearly 12.5.
Wets Point’s girls team have found themselves in a slump, dropping three straight since winning four of their first six ball games under first year head coach Murray Woody. All three of these losses have been by a combined 22-points.
Woody says in the last two games, they have struggled at the free-throw line, something that needs to be corrected if they expect to be a contender in the division.
Senior Wilma Davis has been clutch this season, averaging over 16 points for the green and white this season, but she’s not the only one. Taylor McCrary averages about 16 per game while Adrianna Billups contributes nearly a dozen.
The girls host Aberdeen and look to break that streak before the start of 5A Region 1 play next week.
The Lady Raiders (10-3, 1-0) have reached double-digits wins this season, the first to do it among area schools after defeating Immanuel 49-17 to start Class 2A district 2 play this week.
Rachel Herndon had 16-points including four 3-pointers to lead the girls in scoring. Tonight they host district rival Winston.
The Lady Raiders have won back-to-back district titles, and look to take control of the drivers seat over the next few weeks.
Oak Hill’s defense has really been their trademark so far this season. The 17-points allowed was the third time this season Oak Hill has allowed 20-points or less. Twice they have held teams in the 20’s.
Head coach Stan Hughey said defense is something they need to build they’re strength around.
“We’re very capable of playing good defense,” he said. “That’s something that we should be able to do pretty much every night.”
At 5-6, Raiders head coach Brian Middleton is hoping for a little consistency before the Christmas to help his team make a run in the district.
The Raiders have lost three of their last four ball games and are hoping to get back in the thick of the hunt in a district tangle with Winston tonight.
“That’s been one of our biggest problems this year, is our inconsistency,” Middleton said. “Last night (Tuesday) it was our shooting. We had a good game plan, we just didn’t execute it.”
The boys will be without Conner Baird who suffered a leg injury in the first half of Tuesday’s 65-48 loss to Immanuel.