Late heroics lift Wave over Lafayette

By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

Junior guard Dishoune “Tupelo” Cooperwood hit Perry Morrow for a short baseline jumper to tie the score with six seconds left and then made a steal and drove for the winning basket as West Point pulled off a dramatic win over district foe Lafayette County in boys basketball Friday night.

The late-game heroics capped one of the Green Wave’s best games of the year and provided their first district win and some momentum and confidence heading into the meat of their district schedule.

“It doesn’t get much more exciting than that,” Green Wave coach Donta Yates said of the dramatic end to a game that had been back and forth from start to finish.

“We have faced so many obstacles this season so this win was much needed. My hat goes off to Lafayette for such a competitive game. As a coach I’m extremely proud of my guys for playing aggressive defense, as well as playing with discipline and passion,” Yates stated.

“We played like we wanted it more. Every player on the court contributed to our victory and the bench was very supportive. On the floor, we had two huge blocks from senior Chiante Henderson. Senior Semaj Harris was consistent throughout the game,” the coach added.

Lafayette’s Ky Woodall put the Commodores up 51-49 with a three-point play with only seconds left. But Cooperwood found Morrow along the baseline for the tying jumper.

It was morrow’s only basket of the night but couldn’t have been bigger.

The Green Wave went to the man-to-man press after the inbounds and Cooperwood made the steal, the 20th Lafayette turnover of the night.

Turnovers were one of the keys to the game as the Green Wave only committed eight.

Lafayette led 14-13 after one quarter but the Green Wave came back with one of their best offensive quarters of the year to tie the score at 32 at the half.

The Commodores edged out to a 44-41 lead at the end of three quarters. But Harris ended the third-period with a three-pointer and opened the final quarter with another one to tie the score at 44 and the battle to the end was on. Cooperwood also hit a three in the final period and Henderson had a key bucket.

Harris finished with a game-high 19 points, including five three-pointers.

Cooperwood chipped in 12 points. James Cunningham posted nine points, all in the first half, Henderson added six. Kenwuan Randle five and Morrow his two.

LADY WAVE DROPS TILT 51-43

In the girls’ game, the Lady Wave couldn’t overcome a third-quarter letdown and fell 51-43, despite 29 points from senior Jamia Hollings.

The Lady Wave trailed 14-9 after one quarter but responded with a 14-8 run of their own to lead 23-22 at the half behind 16 points from Hollings.

But one bad quarter has been a nemesis for the Lady Wave often this season and it was again Friday night with the Lady Commodores outscoring their hosts 17-10 in the third period to take 39-33 lead into the final quarter.

The Lady Wave couldn’t make it up.

Poor free throw shooting didn’t help the Lady Wave’s cause. They hit only eight of 21 from the charity stripe, including only four of 12 in the first half.

In addition to Hollings’ big night, Taylor Brownlee scored eight, Alexis Bell had a three-pointer, Taylor Fair had two points and Shania Givens had one.

Azariah Buford paced Lafayette with 14 points.

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