Lady Wave wins, heads to Germantown

Staff Writer

A young team worries about possibly it’s last game. And then it all goes away.

The West Point Lady Green Wave turned a 21-21 halftime tie into a 54-34 blow out over visiting Lake Cormorant in the first round of the Class 5A girls state high school basketball tournament Monday night.

The win earns West Point a date Friday night at Region 4 champ Germantown, the ninth ranked team overall in the state with a 24-4 record.

West Point was tentative early, edging to just an 8-6 first-quarter lead before letting the Lady Gators catch up for a 21-21 tie at the half.

“I’m accustomed to having one bad quarter, but not a bad half,” Coach Dash Daniels said. “We finally settled in and started playing together.”

While they’ve matured over more than two dozen games, the team remains young, featuring a senior, a junior and the rest sophomores, freshmen and eighth-graders. That youth shows sometimes.

“I spoke with some of them about the sluggish start and some admitted they were nervous because it could’ve been their last game of the season. Hopefully we’ve gotten over that now,” he added.

While 6-2 senior Jamia Hollings carried the load with 12 of the team’s 21 points in the first half, she got a little more help in the second half as the offense, often spurred by defensive takeaways, got going.

The Lady Green Wave outscored Lake Cormorant 16-7 in the third quarter and then 17-6 in the fourth quarter to erase any doubt.

Hollins added 18 more points in the second half while Alexis Bell scored all five of her points in the last two quarters. Shania Givens scored four of her nine points in the second half while Goia Robinson scored three of her six and Makayla Williams scored three of her four in the last two periods.

West Point’s offense worked pounding the ball inside, either scoring buckets or going to the foul line. As a team, they were 16 of 32 from the charity stripe. Hollings alone attempted 18 free throws.
By contrast, Lake Cormorant tried just five free throws.

Friday night at Germantown in Madison, it’ll be West Point’s youth versus an experienced Lady Mavericks team that is dominated by juniors and seniors except for one budding eighth-grader. The Wave will have a slight height advantage, but they’ll need to play solid defense on Germantown’s perimeter, which likes to drive the lane for lay ups or easy two-point shots.

Germantown's pressure defense also has troubled opponents all year with its only losses coming to Class 6A schools.

As a team, the Lady Mavericks average 55.8 points and 30.9 rebounds per game. They are good on technique, using position to get 12.2 offensive rebounds per game. Only 311 of the team’s total 1,356 shots were three-pointers. They hit 38 percent from the field overall and just 27 percent from beyond the arc.

Playmaking senior guard Andy Duran guides the team and contributes five points per game. The leading scorer is 5-6 senior forward Briasha King at 11 points per game on 36 percent shooting from the field.

Junior Marvia Spann, a 5-4 guard, adds 10.2 points per game and 5-10 senior forward Marial Cannon averages 7.9 points while snatching down 6.3 rebounds. Eighth-grader Madison Booker scores 9.9 points and gets 6.4 rebounds a game.

The only common opponent the two teams have is Grenada. Germantown easily won 55-23 on Dec. 11 while the Lady Green Wave won handily in two district meetings.

Friday’s second round tournament game is at 7 p.m. at Germantown.