MACON - West Point’s girls basketball team didn’t have a single player score in double digits Saturday as the Green Wave dropped their second in a row 60-35 to Neshoba Central in the Noxubee County Invitational.
Wilma Davis and Adrianna Billups had eight points apiece to lead the girls who “came out flat” head coach Murray Woody said.
“We just didn’t play well, we couldn’t get any shots,” he said. It was their fourth loss in the last five games.
The Green Wave (5-6) were held to just six points in the opening quarter, and by halftime the deficit grew to 13-points, 29-16.
The girls scored a game-high 11 points in the third quarter, but Nehsoba was able to stretch the margin and secure the win after scoring 31-points in the second half.
Woody said that despite the rough patch in the season right now, the girls are focused on district play which starts Friday at home versus Saltillo.
“Nobody’s down and out because the real season hasn’t even started yet,” he said. “They have an understanding of what they need to do to get better.”
Boys: Neshoba Central 58-56 West Point
Just three days prior, West Point snapped a three game losing streak with a win at Noxubee County. The victory was also the first for the Green Wave (4-7) in Macon in nearly a decade. Saturday, however, was a different result.
After another slow start, the Green Wave have lost five of their last six ball games. Neshoba Central exploded offensively in the first quarter, knocking down 22-points while holding the Green Wave to just half a dozen.
“They were very patient,” head coach Brad Cox said. “They just ran it and ran it until finally something broke down on our defense and they got open shots.”
West Point found a little momentum in the second, draining 16-points but were still trailing at the half. They never led in the game.
The Green Wave had a much better second half on offense with 31-points.
Daryl Thomas finished with 18-points and Laquante Gaston had 11 to round out the top scorers.
The Green Wave start their second season on Friday when they host Saltillo before hosting Tupelo.
“We have to grow from what’s been happening,” said Cox of the recent performance. “We need to make sure we’re not getting in a rut. We don’t want to be going through the motions.”