Sports / Outdoors – 2/4/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: February 4, 2003

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Jr. High Wave Advances to District Second Round

North Delta Junior High Green Wave Dakota Mabry goes up for a jump shot over this Kirk Academy defender Thursday, Jan. 30.
Mabry scored 17 points for the Green Wave
in the 36-29 win.


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BATESVILLE – The North Delta Jr. High boys have come a long way in just the last week.

They played four games and won three for a regular season record of 5-9.

Monday, Jan. 27, the North Delta team defeated Marvell 51-37. They defeated Kirk Academy 36-29 Thursday, Jan. 30. The lone loss for the final game of the regular season was at the hands of Indianola, Friday, Jan. 31, 31-18.

The Green Wave upset West Memphis Christian 24-22 in the first round of the District 1-AA Jr. High Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 1. The Green Wave advanced to the second round Monday, Feb. 3, against Indianola. The score was not available at press time.

Against West Memphis, the Green Wave had a slight 8-7 lead at halftime. They outscored West Memphis 16-15 in the second half to take the win.

Scoring for the Green Wave were Dakota Mabry, 12 points; Heath Reed, 7 points; and Forrest Wilbanks, 4 points.

Against Marvell Monday night, the teams were all tied up at 11 at the end of the first quarter. A basket was the difference between the teams at half time with Marvell having the edge, 23-21.

The tide began to turn in the third quarter. North Delta outscored Marvell 14-6 in the third quarter and 16-8 in the fourth quarter to turn in the big win.

Mabry turned in 21 points to tie for the high scorer of the game.

Other Green Wave scorers include Reed, 11 points; Pittman Harrison, 9 points; Jacob Gurley, 6 points; Chris Pike and Cole Fowler, 2 points each.

Lady Cougars Fall 61-55
Key Players Out Due to Suspension, Injury
North Panola Lady Cougar Natonya Webb (c) waits for the ball from the official to throw it in to her teammates against Rosa Fort, Friday, Jan. 31.

The North Panola Lady Cougars played their final home game of the season on Friday night, Jan. 31, against Rosa Fort High of Tunica. The Lady Lions handed the lady Cougars their 15th loss of the season with a 61-55 decision.

"We beat them all three times we played them," said Rosa Fort head coach Derrick Jace. The Lady Lions are 7-5 in the district.

Both teams played with inconsistencies. Missing from the North Panola line up were Darcus Black, Otisha Porter and Laquita Hardy. Black and Porter were on suspension stemming from the altercation that occurred in the Charleston game earlier in the week.

Hardy was unable to play due to an injury to her right elbow, in the same game.

Despite not having some of their key players, the Lady Cougars bench, showed they could step up and be ready, even though they did lose.

Natonya Webb scored six points and freshman Anterior Ballentine had five, including three free throws that kept them within two points, in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

Lions devour Cougars 102-66

North Panola was no match for the Rosa Fort Lions, Friday night, Jan.31, in Sardis.

The Lions devoured the Cougars 102-66. The Lions came out roaring and immediately began to take control of the game. North Panola scored it’s first basket at the 5:42 mark in the first quarter, with a 3-pointer by Kelvin Bradley. The Lions never looked back.

At halftime, the score was 55-29. The Cougars were still trying to stay in the game, but to no avail.

The highlight of the night came at halftime, as the fledgling North Panola Cougar Band performed along with the Dancin’ Cougarettes.

Band director Warner Scott has work hard with the small band to turn it around. The magnitude of the sound indicated there may have been a 100 piece band, when in fact, it numbers no more than 25.

Lady Green Waves Lose to Kirk in Final Minutes, To Indianola in Final Seconds

North Delta Lady Green Wave Alex Rice (l) pulls down the rebound and keeps the ball away from the Kirk Raiderette defender. The Lady Green Wave lost to Kirk 44-35 Thursday, Jan. 30.


BATESVILLE – The North Delta Lady Green Wave lost the lead and the district game to the Kirk Academy Raiderettes, 44-35, Thursday, Jan. 30.

The Lady Green Wave led the entire game except once in the third quarter.
At the end of the third quarter, the Lady Green Wave held a 33-27 lead.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Kirk scored 12 unanswered points and tied the game 33-33 with 6:32 left in the game. The Raiderettes took the lead on a field goal with 5:29 left in the game.

North Delta could only score two free throws in the fourth quarter as the Raiderettes pressure defense did its job to shut down the Lady Green Wave.

The Lady Green Wave jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter on field goals by Shea Golden and Kate Robison. Kirk tied the game at 5-5, but a field goal by Jeri Boren put the Lady Green Wave back in the lead.

Green Wave Plays Best Game of Season Against Kirk


BATESVILLE – It was one of the best showing of the improved Green Wave team this year.

The North Delta Green Wave hosted Kirk Academy in the final district game of the regular season, Thursday, Jan. 30.

North Delta led by as many as 10 points, but Kirk knew how to finish and took the win 46-40.
Kirk scored first on a field goal, but a 3-pointer by Hank Spragins gave the Green Wave the lead 3-2. Kirk responded with another basket, but Andrew Wood put in two points to retake the lead.

The game was back and forth for a couple of more rounds until Spragins converted a 3-point play for the 10-8 lead with 3:22 left in the first quarter.

For most of the game after that, it was all North Delta. With 51.5 seconds left in the first quarter, Harrison Nickle’s field goal gave the Green Wave a 16-8 lead which stood going into the second quarter.

North Delta maintained the big lead through most of the second quarter and increased it to 10 points, 24-14, with 2:35 left on a Spragins field goal.

Kirk scored a couple of more baskets in the second quarter, but the Green Wave still led 24-18 at halftime.

Kirk maintained its scoring run at the beginning of the third quarter and pulled within

Lady Cougars Down Lady Tigers in District Game 75-71

Laquita Hardy was the high scorer for the North Panola Lady Cougars, Tuesday, Jan. 28, as they once again defeated the Charleston Lady Tigers, 75-71.

Hardy scored 21 points, played solid defense and should have been given a ticket for the way she drove to the basket. Whether the lane was open or not, Hardy somehow found a way to connect. She also shot 4 of 6, from the free throw line.

The game was a close and exciting one right up until the end of regulation. The lead changed hands on several occasions.

The Charleston Lady Tigers clawed their way back from a six point deficit, the biggest lead in the game, but couldn’t hold on.

Otisha Porter sank a three-pointer with four seconds on the clock just before halftime, to give the Lady Cougars a 44-41 edge at the break.



  NOV 14 4:00 A Grenada
  NOV 21 4:45 H Lafayette
  NOV 23 6:00 A Cleveland
  NOV 25 4:45 H Tupelo
  NOV 26 6:00 A West Point
  DEC 3 4:45 A Oxford
  DEC 10 4:45 H Horn Lake
  DEC 13     OPEN
  DEC 20 4:45 H Olive Branch
  JAN 7 6:00 H Calhoun City
  JAN 9-11 6:00 A Water Valley Tournament
  JAN 14 6:00 H Holly Springs
  JAN 17 4:45 A Olive Branch
  JAN 18 6:00 H Senatobia
  JAN 21 4:45 H Southaven
  JAN 24 4:45 A Byhalia
  JAN 28 4:45 A Horn Lake
  JAN 31     OPEN
  FEB 4 4:45 A Southaven
  FEB 7 4:45 H Byhalia
  FEB 13-14 TBA   Divisional Tournament

1 – 7th/8th Girls;   2 – 7th/8th Boys;   3 – Jr High Girls
4 – Jr High Boys;    5 – Varsity Girls;    6 – Varsity Boys
  NOV 12 4:00 3-6 H Strider
  NOV 19 4:00 3-6 A Calhoun
  DEC 7 11:00 1-6 H Lee (MS)
  DEC 10 3:30 1-6 A Marvell
  DEC 12 4:30 3-6 A Kirk
  DEC 14 4:00 3-6 H Bayou
  DEC 20 4:00 3-6 H West Memphis Christian
  DEC 21   1-6 A Magnolia Heights
  JAN 3 3:00 3-6 A Lee (AR)
  JAN 7 3:00 1-6 A Marshall
  JAN 8-11     A Magnolia Heights Tournament
  JAN 14 4:30 3-6 A Bayou
  JAN 18 4:00 3-6 A Indianola
  JAN 21 4:30 3-6 A West Memphis Christian
  JAN 24 3:00 1-6 H Marshall
  JAN 25 2:00 5-6 A Strider
  JAN 27 3:00 1-6 H Marvell
  JAN 30 4:00 3-6 H Kirk
  JAN 31 4:00 3-6 H Indianola
  FEB 1,3     A Jr. High Tournament
  FEB 4   5-6 H Magnolia Heights
  FEB 6-8       North AA Tournament
  FEB 11-12, 14-15 TBA   H North State AA Tournament
  FEB 18-19, 21-22 TBA     State AA Tournament
  FEB 24-MAR 1 TBA     Overall Tournament – MS College

  NOV 14-16 6:00 A Coldwater Tournament
  NOV 19 6:00 A Hernando
  NOV 23 6:00 H Coldwater
  NOV 26 6:00 A Olive Branch
  DEC 7 6:00 A H.W. Byers
  DEC 10 6:00 A M.S. Palmer
  DEC 13 6:00 H Lafayette
  DEC 16 6:00 A Coldwater
  DEC 20 6:00 H Coahoma County
  DEC 27 6:00 H M.S. Palmer
  DEC 28 6:00 A Rosa Fort
  JAN 7 6:00 A Charleston
  JAN 10 6:00 H Senatobia
  JAN 14 6:00 H Independence
  JAN 16-18 6:00 H NPHS Cougar Classics
  JAN 21 5:00 A Coahoma County
  JAN 24 6:00 A Water Valley
  JAN 28 6:00 H Charleston
  JAN 31 6:00 H Rosa Fort
  FEB 4 6:00 A Independence
  FEB 7 TBA A Senatobia
  FEB 11-13 TBA   District Tournament
  FEB 17 & 18 TBA   3A North State
  FEB 21 & 22 TBA   3A North State
  FEB 25-27 TBA A State Tournament – Jackson, MS