The West Point Green Wave closed out the first half of the 2011-12 season on a sour note.
Tuesday night’s 50-33 loss at the Ridgeland Holiday tournament to the host Titans, capped off a tough first half for the boys who are currently sitting at 5-9 overall and 1-0 in the district.
Leading 18-17 at the half, West Point struggled offensively early in the third quarter allowing the Titans to get right back in the ball game.
“We just went through a stretch where we had a hard time scoring the ball,” head coach Brad Cox said. “We missed some shots and they did a good job defensively and got their big kid inside and was rebounding well so we didn’t get many second chance shots.”
The Titans who have already reached the 10-win mark this season, came out with 13-points in the third quarter while holding the Green Wave to just nine.
Ridgeland continued to find success with their inside game as the game wore on, scoring 20-points down the stretch to really put the game out of reach.
“When the scoring wasn’t going our way, we got a little frustrated,” Cox said. “The defense suffered from it.”
It was anyone’s ball game early on. West Point had a slim three-point advantage after the teams combined for just nine points in the first quarter. West Point had a one point lead at the half despite scoring 12-points in the second.
Daryl Thomas finished with a team high nine points followed by Keon McKinney and Cortez Malone with six apiece.
Jamal Hester led the Titans with 17-points.
The Green Wave return to action Tuesday January 3 at Louisville before hitting the road for a three-day tournament in Vardaman.
Girls: Ridgeland 45-42 West Point
Another game down to the wire, and another one in the loss column for the West Point girls basketball team.
Wilma Davis had a 14-points and Adrianna Billups finished with 10, as the Green Wave dropped their second in a row since earning their first district win over Saltillo Friday and have fallen to 6-8 on the season under first year head coach Murray Woody.
It was another slow start for the girls, who for the second straight game, found themselves behind the eight ball early, giving up 13-points in the first quarter. They shot 25 percent in the first half.
“We couldn’t score in the first quarter, we came out flat,” Woody said.
The girls finally jump started their offense in the second, knocking down 12-points but still trailed by two field goals at the break, 19-15.
“I’ve got to do a better job of getting them to come and play in the first quarter,” Woody said. “We beat them in the last three quarters, just not the first one.”
The girls didn’t get into foul trouble early, but with less than two minutes and trailing by a couple of points, West Point had to foul three times to get Ridgeland to the line.
West Point had two chances to tie the ball game, but failed to convert.
The girls return to action January 3 when they travel to Louisville.