Wave takes third, advances to state

Steve Rogers
Staff Writer

Junior point guard Dishoune Cooperwood exploded for 22 points, including 10-for-10 from the free throw line, to lift West Point to a 47-27 high school basketball win over Lafayette County and the final district slot in the first round of next week’s state playoffs.

The win, on the Green Wave’s home court Thursday night, secured third place in the district tournament.

The Wave will travel to Olive Branch this week for a first-round tournament match.
Thursday’s victory helped achieve one of this year’s goals.

“I am extremely proud of my guys for finishing strong in the district tournament and securing third place. The opportunity for the West Point boys basketball program to experience the playoffs is a dream come true,” Coach Donta Yates said.

“We set a goal to make the playoffs and we reached it. Although we faced many obstacles this season, one being losing junior small forward James Cunningham to injury, we pulled together and won the games needed to get to that final spot,” Yates continued, referring to Cunningham who was averaging 13 points a game when he went down.
“All players contributed to the team’s success.”

n addition to Cooperwood, the Green Wave got a big night from senior power forward Chianti Henderson who scored 11 points and muscled down 12 rebounds.

Both teams started slowly with defense and missed shots the highlight of the first period that ended with the Green Wave leading 6-3. West Point got its offense on track in the second period while continuing to clamp down defensively on the Commodores, running the lead to 20-7 at the half.

West Point wasn’t about to let it slip away, extending the lead at the third stop before closing out the win with a 14-8 edge in the final period.

After scoring eight in the second period, Cooperwood closed out the fourth quarter with eight points, including 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

The victory marked the third time this year the Wave had beaten the Commodores.
In addition to Cooperwood and Henderson, West Point got six points from Kenyan Randle, four from Semaj Harris and two each from Zabien Wingo and Mike Randle.

The Green Wave will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Olive Branch, which finished second in the District 2 tournament.