VARDAMAN - West Point so desperately needed a spark, but more importantly, some momentum heading into Tuesday’s district game with Oxford. They found it off the bench.
Transfer Rico Robinson scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Green Wave to a 73-54 win over Caledonia Friday night at a tournament hosted by Vardaman. They move on to play North Pontotoc.
“I feel like we’ve been playing well, we just haven’t won,” head coach Brad Cox said. “We lost a couple of close ones in those three games and this win gave us a little more confidence for Oxford.”
West Point set the tone on defense early in the ball game, holding Caledonia to just nine points and by half time extended their lead to 38-26.
The Green Wave, who had success in the press and forced several turnovers outscored Caledonia 17-11 and 18-17 in the third and fourth quarter on their way to the win.
Keon McInney finished with 16-points while Daryl Thomas had 10. Cortez Malone had eight points to compliment eight assists and six rebounds.
Girls: West Point 45-17 Caledonia
In what head coach Murray Woody described a slow paced game, the Green Picked up their first win in three games with a very good defensive performance.
Kiesha Walker led the girls with 11-points.
“We were a lot more focused, we played really good defensively,” Woody said. “We tried some different things with the girls that we haven’t tried before. We extended the zone and forced Caledonia to make long passes and we got a few turnovers off of that.”
The Green Wave jumped ahead with an early 16-5 lead in the first before toning it down in the second, but still had a commanding 24-10 lead at the half.
The teams were evenly matched on the scorboard in the third before West Point really hammered down in the fourth by a 12-1 margin.