Lady Wave host Cormorant in playoffs

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

The West Point High girls basketball team fell 62-46 Friday night to Lafayette County in the championship game of the District 1 tournament.

The second place finish still means the young Green Wave team advances to the state tournament, hosting Lake Cormorant in an opening round game Monday night.

The loss was another lesson for the young Lady Green Wave as the Lady Commodores are among the teams some observers think could make a deep run in the Class 5A tournament.

“We learn every time we play them. They are a good, deep, experienced team,” West Point Coach Dash Daniels said.

West Point literally was hobbled with 6-2 scoring and defensive star Jamia Hollings still favoring a sore ankle injured early last week in practice. Another key player, Alexis Bell, went down in the third quarter and Daniels rested them both for the state tournament games.

“I just didn’t want to risk anything else, wanted to have them healthier for the state games. Our young players did a good job,” Daniels said.

The game marked West Point’s third loss of the season to Lafayette County. And as was the case in the previous two losses, one poor quarter made a difference. West Point trailed just 16-14 after a torrid first quarter that saw Hollins score nine points. But the Lady Commodores clamped down in the second period, outscoring West Point 15-8 to lead 31-22 at the half.

Lafayette kept up the pressure in another fast period, stretching the lead to 48-35 after three quarters before closing out the win.

“We made a couple of runs, but they are a good team. It was a good experience for our young players. They don’t like to lose though,” Daniels said.

Lafayette County saw 10 players score, led by 16 from Azariah Bafford and 10 from Kimaya Dixon.

Hollings finished with 14 for West Point and Bell contributed 10. Goia Robinson scored seven, Mekayla Williams five, Shania Givens four, Taylor Brownlee three, Taylor Fair two and Mikerria Moore one.