West Point girls enter 2018 with confidence

Staff Writer

The West Point girls basketball team enters the Christmas break with a record of 2-6, but they aren’t hanging their heads.

The Lady Wave have a relatively young team and head coach Dash Daniel thinks his girls are peaking at the right time. Before the season, Daniel said he hoped the Lady Wave would be rounding into shape around mid-season.

West Point defeated Kemper County and fell to Noxubee County before the Christmas break, but the Lady Wave were without two starters against Noxubee.

Daniel said his team’s lack of size puts them at a disadvantage against most teams, which forces him to play forward Ty Johnson for big minutes.

“We’re just short right now with our younger girls,” Daniel said. “We’re not able to rebound as well as I want due to the lack of size.”

Seniors Aamiya Rush and Ty Johnson have had to carry the load most nights as Daniel’s freshmen and sophomores develop.

“The main thing I’m looking for is consistency, and they’ve been there every game,” Daniel said. “They do a good job of helping the young girls out. My young girls haven’t played long enough to realize that we need them to win.”

Dash said freshman Julia Robinson is making large strides and he hopes he can depend on her down the late season stretch.

“She started out being anxious every game, but she is starting to settle down and help us with bringing the ball up the floor and controlling the tempo of the game,” Daniel said.

During the second half of the schedule, Daniel said he is looking for his team to contend for the district.

“We need to be more aggressive. I want to be more competitive. We need to defend and rebound and that’ll keep the game a lot closer,” Daniel said. “I think we can play with anybody in the half-court, but we just struggle when we get pressured.”

The Lady Wave will travel to Kemper County next Tuesday to face off against the Lady Wildcats.

West Point defeated Kemper County 45-23 a few weeks back and will look to start 2018 on a positive note with a win.