By Bryan Davis
The West Point Lady Green Wave defense put on a show on Friday night, giving the home crowd a second straight win here in West Point as they defeated Aberdeen 55-33.
Most of Aberdeen’s scoring came in the last quarter, and by the time they were able to put some real points on the board, Kelsei Ewings and the Lady Wave had already mounted a sizable lead.
In the first quarter, West Point came out exploding on both sides of the ball. Ewings led the offense to 17 points in the first period, and the defense held Aberdeen to just five points.
In the second frame, West Point held the visiting girls to just five points again, and their eight points on offense gave them a 25-10 lead at half time.
Things did not get any better for Aberdeen in the third quarter. West Point would come out and put up 30 points over the final 16 minutes of play, all the while, holding the Aberdeen girls to just 23 points in the second half.
Ewings finished tops on the team in scoring with 20 points. Adrianna Billups and Nekeisha Walker both had eight points.
Alexandria Morgan scored seven points and Wilma Davis had four. Ashley Robertson scored three points in the game, and Taylor McCrary contributed a point in the win.
West Point’s Saturday action from the Noxubee Tournament will be featured in Tuesday’s paper. They will be back on the court again next Friday to take on district rival Saltillo, on the road.
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders (9-5; 2-0) continued their good play on Friday night, as they welcomed district rival Manchester Academy to town. The game turned out to be a defensive masterpiece for the Lady Raiders, as they handled the ball well all night, in rout to a 47-13 victory.
“We’re just playing a lot better,” said Oak Hill head coach Stan Hughey. “We’re playing with a little more confidence.”
The Lady Raiders had it all working for them early on in the game, as they posted 22 points in the opening quarter. Manchester got four shots for eight points. In the second, the Lady Raiders really began to pace themselves. They didn’t score much, but they held Manchester to just three points in the next eight minutes.
Meanwhile, Tori Ellis and the offense were padding the lead which was 26-11 at the half.
When the two teams came out for the second half of play, Oak Hill’s defense still looked as fresh as it did in the first quarter. The offense put up nine points, but the defense was the star of the show, holding the Lady Mavericks to just two points in the third.
It didn’t get any better for Manchester in the fourth quarter, as the two points in the previous quarter would prove to be the only shot of the half to go in for the Lady Mavs.
Oak Hill’s 12 points were enough to secure the win.
Ellis led the Oak Hill offense with 25 points. She also had nine rebounds.
Paige Dawkins had 10 points, and Katelyn White scored three. Patience Johnson scored a pair in the win as well.
In junior high action, the Lady Raiders improved to 9-4; 2-0 as they defeated Manchester’s girls in the 4 o’clock game 43-12.
Sarah Dill, who has led the junior varsity offense all season had 18 points. Johanna Carnathan scored 15 points, and Lexie Harden and Macie Allen had two points each.
Oak Hill will go to Hebron tomorrow night to take on the undefeated Eagles. Details from Saturday’s game at Indianola will be in Tuesday’s edition.