Lady Wave use balance to blow out Kemper

Staff Writer

If the West Point High girls basketball team needed a little confidence boost, it got it Tuesday night.

Just three days after one of its worst performances of the year, the team rebounded on the road to defeat Kemper County 74-38.

Talking about Saturday’s loss to New Hope, in which they had quarters where they scored 1 and 3 points, and watching film of that game helped.

“We played a lot better. They seemed motivated to correct their mistakes after watching the game film from Saturday. Hopefully we can maintain the balanced scoring attack from multiple players. Overall good win for a young team,” coach Dash Daniels said of the easy victory in a game West Point never let be close.

With Jamia Hollings and Taylor Brownlee providing a one-two punch, the Lady Wave blew out to a 24-7 first-quarter lead and for all practical purposes, the game was done.

Hollings, who is the team’s leading scorer, posted nine points but in a change that shows the team’s growth, Brownlee scored nine as well.

Shania Givens, a ninth-grader, and Renaisha Carrothers, a sophomore, also scored.

The Lady Wave stretched the lead to 40-16 at the half with another good quarter with Brownlee, Givens, Goia Robinson, Alexis Bell and Mikerria Moore joining Hollings in scoring.

Bu the Lady Wave was saving its best. The team put up its best quarter of the year, scoring 30 points in the third, with 10 each coming from Hollings and Givens and eight from Bell.

Daniels took the foot off the gas in the fourth quarter, playing more young players. Ninth-grader Rakaiya Williams scored three of the team’s four points in the last period and fellow freshman Taylor Fair scored the other from the free throw line.

Holdings led the onslaught with 21 points, Givens finished with a career-best 19 and Brownlee finished with 13. Bell chipped in nine, Robinson and Carrothers and Williams three each, Moore had two and Fair one.

The Lady Wave will be back in action at home tonight with West Lowndes paying a visit and again at home Friday night when Noxubee County visits.