The Lady Wave entered the Beehive Saturday night at Starkville High following a district loss to New Hope on Friday night January 18. Though losing the night before, West Point looked ready to compete well facing their arch-rival the Lady Jackets.
In the previous meeting on November 30, Starkville was a little too much for the Lady Wave to handle as the Lady Jackets defeated West Point 66-37. In Saturday’s match-up, the Lady Wave did not have a positive first half giving Starkville a 39-16 halftime lead. West Point outscored the Lady Jackets 34-24 in the second half, but the 23 point deficit was too large to overcome giving Starkville the victory 63-50.
The first quarter was very competitive right from the tip of the ball as West Point and Starkville both looked to get the upper-hand in the game. The Lady Wave were able to keep Starkville within reach as the score was 6-6 midway through the quarter. Yet the Lady Jackets outscored West Point 14-4 after a scoring drought from the Lady Wave. At the end of first period, Starkville was leading 20-10.
A very slow-paced beginning to the second quarter gave way to a flurry of baskets from the Lady Wave and Lady Jackets. West Point’s Alexis Gates began catching on fire, scoring all six points for the Lady Wave. Mid-way through the second Starkville still held a double-digit lead 31-14 and closed out the quarter even more dominantly entering into the halftime interval leading 39-16.
The second half was an improvement for West Point as Gates continued her great offensive prowess. At the midway point of the third quarter, the Lady Wave still trailed the Lady Jackets 49-28. It did not get better for West Point closing out the third as a five minute scoring drought allowed Starkville to regain a major lead at the end of the period 54-30.
The fourth quarter saw the Lady Wave continue to push for a way back into the game. Yet it was too much of an undertaking for West Point, even outscoring Starkville 20-9 in the quarter. The Lady Jackets were able to hang on, winning 63-50.
Leading scorer for the Lady Wave was Gates with 24 points followed by Shamaya Lyles with 13 points. Also contributing points for West Point was Tyshia McCurry with 7 points and Qiayon Bailey with 6 points.
The Lady Wave will return to action with another non-district game against West Oktibbeha tonight. The West Point-West Oktibbeha game is set to tip-off around six o’clock.