| By Myra Bean
Though school is out for the holidays at North Delta, the basketball teams still have some work to do.
After hosting Strider in non-district action last night, the Green Wave teams will have their hands full with district foe Bayou tonight.
The games begin with the seventh grade girls at 3 p.m. The seventh grade girls are 8-0 after defeating Marvell 11-6.
"I have 11 girls on the seventh grade team," head coach Phil Douglas said. "They are a pretty good group of girls."
Saturday, the teams will head to Marks to take on Delta Academy in non-district action beginning at noon. Monday, North Delta will host Lee Academy of Clarksdale in the final game before the Christmas holidays. Games begin at 2:30 p.m.
The junior high girls defeated Tunica Institute of Learning (TIL) on Monday 49-18.
North Delta held Tunica scoreless in the first quarter and led 12-0. At halftime North Delta had built up a 32-7 lead.
The Lady Waves shared in the scoring with 10 players contributing. Leading scorers were Katelyn Still and Lauren Kimzey with 10 points each. Other scorers include Linsey Hebert, eight points; Sara Waldrip, seven points; Bradi Beard, six points; and scoring two points each were Laci DuBravec, Meri Morgan Fortune, Hanna Greenlee, Mary Jane Morrow and Hannah Waldrip.
"The girls have come a long way," Douglas said. "The difference is between night and day when we started in June to the present. I attribute that to hard work and dedication the young ladies put forth."
Douglas is still looking for consistency on the offense.
"We just need to improve offensively," he said. "We are getting the shots from the offensive structure. It is just a matter of the players spending more time in the gym on their own to improve themselves individually."
Douglas has been pretty pleased with the defensive play.
Against TIL, Bradi Beard had four tipped balls and four steals. Waldrip led in rebounds with six, followed by Morrow and Fortune with four each. Kimzey led in stealing with five.
The varsity girls are still winless in their early season with a 0-7 record.
ND Varsity Boys
The North Delta varsity boys are 2-6 overall, 0-3 district after losing a close conference game to TIL Monday, 50-46.
Head coach Herman Coats said the team played better.
"We cut down on turnovers," he said. "Defensive breakdowns hindered our effort against Tunica also."
Offensively, the team is still struggling at the free throw line, according to Coats, shooting only 50 percent.
"I think a team should be shooting 80 percent or above from the free throw line," he added.
ND JH Boys
The junior boys are seeing some success on the basketball court. The seventh grade team has a winning season so far after defeating Oxford University last Tuesday. The seventh graders played most of the game themselves without any help from the backup eighth graders.
"They are showing a lot of promise," Wilson said.
The players include Levi Garner, Bailey Guckert, Sean King, Zach Inman and Luke Williams.
The junior high team has a 6-5 overall and 1-2 district record.
They defeated TIL 41-35 Monday night. TIL was 4-1 until they met North Delta.
The district losses include an overtime loss to Marvell by six points and a loss to Desoto by six points.
"Defensively, we are solid," Wilson said. "We mostly play man to man, half court trap and 3-2 zone against bigger teams."
Right now Wilson said the teams are on an even playing field in the district.
"We are trying to find a good half court offense," he said. "We are coming along."
Leading the team in scoring are Bryan "B" Nickle, averaging 13 points per game, Geri Lamm, 11 points per game and Corbin Baker, seven points per game.
"Corbin has kept us in games when the others get in foul trouble," Wilson said. "He has been a big help."
Thomas Womble, Tres Brasell, Jim Tom Copeland and Carson Bailey are the ones Wilson depends on in the post area. He switches them out during the games.
Brasell had a good night against TIL scoring 12 points.
Keith Crumpler and Matthew Barefoot go in off the bench and play some good minutes, according to Wilson.
After the holidays, the varsity teams will participate in the Kirk Academy Invitational Tournament January 2 through 6 in Grenada.
The first game for North Delta will be Wednesday, January 3. North Delta girls will play Oak Hill Academy at 3 p.m. and the boys will follow at 4:15 p.m.