West Point loses in basketball to SHS teams

Starkville’s Amaya Ford (15) takes a jumper over West Point’s Goia Robinson (25) on Thursday night. (Photo by Jason Cleveland, for Daily Times Leader)
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It’s a rebuilding year for Kristie Williams and her Starkville Lady Jackets.

The first three games ending in losses magnify that fact.

Following losses to Tupelo, Meridian and Columbus, SHS bounced back in a major way on Thursday getting their first win of the season 60-24 over the West Point Lady Green Wave.

“They showed that there’s a lot of determination,” Williams said. “It’s been tough. These first three games were really hard to work through and loss after loss, you get down on yourself. They showed a fighting mentality that we’ve been looking for. Hopefully this will carry them to understand, no matter who the opponent is, if we just play hard and fight for four quarters, things might fall in our favor.”

The Lady Jackets had control of the game early as they exploded in the first quarter for a 26-7 lead and were up 44-11 at the break as they held the home team to just over double digits.

In the second half, it was more SHS as it led 56-19 after three and held on for the easy win.

Amaya Ford finished with 15 points for the Lady Jackets, but Williams was excited to see some of the other players step up as the Lady Green Wave keyed in on the star. Sukkima Suell had nine points and shot 4-for-7 and Brayland Ferguson had eight points.

“It puts pressure on the other teams because they can’t just focus on Amaya Ford,” Williams said. “There are more options available so we can score more and put pressure on the defense. You never know who will be on fire for us on a given night.”

While one young team excelled, the other one struggled under pressure. West Point head coach Dash Daniel doesn’t like the way his team has responded to adversity early in the year.

Thursday night was an issue for all involved for the Lady Green Wave.

“I saw a young, inexperienced West Point girls basketball team that got hit in the mouth and didn’t know how to react,” Daniel said. “We’re young, but we’re very immature. Until we grow up as a team, we’ll have a lot of those lopsided losses.” 

In the boys game, it took a few minutes for the Jackets to get going but when they did, they rolled 62-42.

Starkville trailed 7-0 within the firsts 2 minutes of the game and went on a 15-0 run to help solidify things. By that point, the Jackets got in full control on the way to a convincing win to move to 3-1 in the early season.

Following that 7-0 deficit within the first couple of minutes, Starkville outscored West Point 13-7 the rest of the way in the first and had a 15-7 lead early in the second quarter. The Jacket defense clamped down allowing just nine points in the second as they took a 31-16 lead into the locker room.

By that point, SHS was in full control and the Green Wave couldn’t get back in it. West Point kept things where they were after three quarters with the lead 42-27, but the Jackets closed strong in the fourth with a 20-point frame leading to the easy win.
Eric Green led the way for SHS with 16 points, Forte Prater had 14 and Coltie Young finished with 11. West Point was paced in scoring by Dishoune Cooperwood as the senior poured in a game-high 21 points.