West Point loses games at SHS

Starkville High School’s Keyvon Pearson (15) attempts a 3-point field goal while being defended by West Point’s Steve Moore on Tuesday night. (Photo by Kelly Donoho, for Daily Times Leader)
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The West Point Green Wave can hang around in basketball games as long as Deshaune Cooperwood is on the floor.

Even though the Starkville Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 23-point lead at 28-5 in the second quarter on Tuesday night, Cooperwood helped the Green Wave make a run that cut into that advantage.

Cooperwood hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-2 run as West Point got to within 30-15 midway through the second quarter.

The Green Wave eventually lost an 81-33 decision to the Jackets, but Cooperwood finished with 19 points and showed what West Point is capable of doing when he’s on.

“I think he is a really good player,” SHS assistant coach QuVarius Howard said of Cooperwood. “He can make shots.”

That’s exactly what Cooperwood was doing in the first half for the Green Wave as he scored 11 of the team’s 15 points.

After West Point cut into the margin, the Jackets exploded offensively once again and scored the final 17 points of the second quarter to take a 47-15 lead.

The Green Wave were outscored 34-18 in the second half.

Coltie Young led SHS with 13 points.

It was much of the same story for the West Point girls as they lost to Starkville 54-25.

The Lady Green Wave fell behind 17-4 at the end of one quarter and could never recover. The Lady Jackets held a 37-12 advantage at halftime.

“We’ve been able to play a long stretch of games and to be able to come back home and get a good win, it’s setting the stage for what’s ahead,” SHS girls head coach Kristie Williams said.

Amaya Ford had 25 points to pace the Starkville scoring effort. Alexis Bell scored in double digits for West Point with 12 points.