By Bryan Davis
Things might have started out slow for the West Point Lady Green Wave basketball team on Friday night, but thanks to senior Kelsei Ewings, West Point was able to overcome any early adversity to win their first district match against Saltillo 60-55.
Ewings would eventually end up with a season-high 29 points on the night.
Offensively, though, West Point got off to a bit of a slow start, scoring just seven points in the first quarter of play. They finished the quarter down 11-7.
In the second quarter, the offense started to come alive, but there was no stopping Saltillo either.
West Point was able to double their first quarter score and put up 14 points in the second, but the Saltillo girls were three better with 17 points, and they took the 28-21 lead into the half.
Down by seven, the Lady Wave needed a surge to step things up on the court. They got just that, as Ewings led the offense to a 22-point third quarter. Saltillo, meanwhile, put up just 12 points, their lowest total of the night in an eight minute span.
Leading just 41-40 going into the final quarter, West Point just had to stay out in front. Thanks to Ewings, they did just that, scoring 17 points to Saltillo’s 15 points in the quarter. That was enough for a five point lead when the buzzer sounded.
Wilma Davis was second behind Ewings with 11 points.
Taylor McCrary had eight points, and Nekeisha Walker had six points on the night. Alexandria Morgan scored four points, and Adrianna Billlups finished the night with two points.
That victory makes it five in a row for the Lady Green Wave, who had taken down Noxubee, Aberdeen and Lake in preparation for the team’s first district game.
They are now 1-0 in district play, and will take that perfect record into the second half of the season in January.
After West Point’s Saturday afternoon game against Tupelo, they are done until January 6, when they play in the Vardaman Tournament.