West Point was handed their third consecutive loss Tuesday night. And at 5-10, it’s tough to really tell how well the season is going.
“We still haven’t put it all together, and we’re still not playing as good as we should have,” head coach Brad Cox said. “But we’re very close. The record looks a lot worse than it really is.”
The Green Wave lost a heartbreaker, 52-49 on the road at Louisville. It’s their first game back since December 20.
Leading 23-21 at the half, the Green Wave found themselves down six points in the first two minutes of the third quarter and really never recovered.
The game would go down to the wire heading into the fourth quarter with four lead changes in the final minutes of the ball game.
With a one point lead and less than a minute to play, Louisville forced a West Point turnover and made an easy bucket.
Louisville drained a pair of free-throws at the line to seal the win.
The Green Wave were in a shootout after a 15-14 first quarter before the pace slowed down towards the end of the first half and West Point was clinging to a two point lead.
“We looked pretty good,” Cox said. “But we came out flat to start the second half and they made a run on us.”
West Point has had several chances to take the victories in close ball games.
Tuesday’s loss was the fourth this season by at least one possession.
“At the end of the game that’s when the plays have to be made,” he said. “And that’s when the plays get magnified.”
Daryl Thomas led the team with 13-points while transfer Marcquaviaus Robinson, in only his second game netted 12-points. Cortez Malone finished with 10 to round out the top scorers.
The Green Wave will take on Caledonia in the first round of a tournament hosted by Vardaman on Friday.
Girls: Louisville 53-49 West Point
Adrianna Billups scored 19-points but it wasn’t enough for the Green Wave to pull out a road victory.
It didn’t help that West Point had 28 turnovers, many unforced.
“We didn’t do a good job of executing against the pressure,” head coach Murray Woody said. “The long break didn’t hurt us, but we’re still looking for our identity as a team.”
The girls, now 6-9, have lost three in a row since their district win over Saltillo.
Louisville had a three-point edge after the opening quarter, but things heated up offensively in the second for both teams as they each scored 17-points but the Green Wave still trailed at the half.
West Point was outscored 10-8 in the third quarter and their 14-11 margin in the fourth fell short of a win.
Taylor McCrary finished in double digits with 10-points while Wilma Davis and Kenyatta Pittman each had eight apiece.
The girls tipoff against Caledonia Friday in the Vardaman tournament.