ND Basketball

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 12, 2008

North Delta girls fall to Marvell; Green Wave boys tromp Eagles

By Brad Greer

The North Delta Lady Green Wave’s six-game winning streak came to a halt at the hands of Marvell, (Ark.) by the score of 44-35 in a District 1-1A contest Monday night.

Led by the inside scoring of Cathy Patton, the Eagles erased a six-point North Delta lead midway through the  second quarter to close the halftime lead to 25-23. Marvell took the lead for good by holding North Delta to a single field goal in the third period while taking a 35-28 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.

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Junior guard Linsey Hebert lead North Delta (9-3 overall; 1-1 district) with 12 points including a trio of three-pointers in the first half.

Sara Waldrip followed with eight points while Lauren Kimzey added seven and Bradi Beard chipped in with six. Laci DuBravec rounded out the scoring with two points.

“Marvell is one of the best 1A in the state and for us to compete with them the way we did goes to show how far our  team has come in three years,” said North Delta head coach Phil Douglas. “They (Marvell) beat (AAA) Magnolia Heights by 15 points earlier in the year and we got after them for three quarters tonight. We just could not buy a bucket  there in the third period and No. 22 ( Patton) was tough in the paint. We will learn from this and bounce back from it,” said Douglas.

North Delta took a 19-13 lead early in the second quarter on a three pointer by Hebert only to have Marvell respond with six straight points by Patton to tie the score. Then with under a minute to go before halftime, Kimzey’s steal and layup gave North Delta a slim 25-23 advantage heading into the break.

The third quarter belonged to the Eagles as they outscored the host team 12-3 along the way. Patton scored eight of her team-high 16 points in to period. Her inside basket with 4:41 left gave Marvell a 31-25 lead. Later on in the stanza, Patton’s put back of a Kori Henard missed three-pointer gave the Eagles a 35-28 lead.

North Delta, who connected on  4-of-15 shots in the second half, hit their lone field goal of  the third period on a jumper by Beard with 42 seconds remaining.

Meanwhile in varsity boys play, Geri Lamm poured in 20 points in leading  North Delta to a 62-46 victory to stay unbeaten at 4-0 on the season. Jim Tom Copeland added 15 points  while Bateman Greenlee added eight as the Green Wave jumped out to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and 34-22 at intermission.

The Wave took a commanding 12-4 lead on Taylor Herron’s steal and layup. Copeland, who was a perfect six-for- six from the floor, gave North Delta its largest lead of the first half at 29-16 with a short jumper in the paint. The lead grew to 48-33 after three quarters on a pair of free throws by Lamm and a Greenlee jumper.

Other scorers included Herron with six, Corbin Baker with five while Chris Reeves and Tres Brasell had four each.

In Junior High action, the North Delta girls took a 25-2 halftime lead before coasting to a 42-12 victory. Laci DuBravec and Beard had nine points to lead the way as 12 players got into the scoring column while the junior high boys fell to Marvell 36-27. Timothy Polk led the way with 14 points.

After playing Strayhorn last night, North Delta will jump back into district play tonight at Tunica starting at 4 p.m before returning home Monday to face Magnolia Heights also at 4 p.m.