ND Basketball

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 30, 2009

North Delta’s Bateman Greenlee (left) and Jim Tom Copeland (center) were on time for the rebound against West Memphis Monday night. The Panolian photo by Myra Bean

Green Wave teams generate hot action Monday

By Myra Bean
There was close action in the games between North Delta teams and West Memphis teams, but the Green Waves were on the short end of three of the four games Monday night.

Jr. High Ladies

The Jr. High Lady Green Waves were the only North Delta team to come away with a district win, 44-28. That score is deceptive in telling how close the game was between these two teams.
West Memphis had an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Jr. High Green Wave ladies pushed and took a 14-10 lead into the locker room at half time.

It was back to West Memphis for the hot shooting in the third quarter as the Jr. High Lady Black Knights took a 27-25 lead into the fourth quarter.

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The Lady Green Wave did not seem to be able to miss a basket in the fourth quarter as they took off and outscored West Memphis 19-1 to win the game.

Scoring for the Lady Green Wave were Laci DuBravec, 15 points; Hannah Waldrip, 10; Katelyn Still, 8; Bradi Beard, 6; Hanna Greenlee, 3; and Jordan Pointer, 2.

Varsity Ladies

That DuBravec and Beard had to play four quarters for the jr. Varsity team was telling in the varsity game. DuBravec came into the game in the last part of the first quarter and Beard did not make an appearance until the second quarter.

The Lady Green Wave were down 11-0 until a free throw at the 2:05 mark of the first quarter put them on the boards. The sluggishness of the first half would tell down the stretch as the Lady Green Wave lost 41-36.

At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Green Wave were down 17-5, but made some head way to close the gap at halftime, 21-13.

Unfortunately, the same woes the Lady Wave suffered in the first quarter resurrected themselves in the third quarter as North Delta only scored five points, while West Memphis took a 34-18 lead into the final quarter.

The Lady Wave got on the ball and almost caught up, but West Memphis was a little too strong and was able to hold them off for the win.

Jr. High Boys

The Jr. High boys were close through most of the first half, but West Memphis put up a stellar fourth quarter performance fo rthe 53-41 win.

West Memphis tied the game and retook the lead with 2:55 left in the first half and went on a 7-2 scoring run to lead 21-14 at the half. The Green Wave led 7-1 before West Memphis caught up and went ahead with 1:36 left in the first quarter, 8-7.

The third quarter was a back and forth effort between both teams as North Delta took the lead with 5:16 left in the quarter on a Timothy Polk field goal, 22-21. At the end of the third quarter, the Green Wave led 35-33.

West Memphis retook the lead with 5:42 to go in the game 38-36 and built a 10-point lead, 49-39, with 1:29 left in the game.

Varsity Green Wave

Probably the most disappointing loss of the game was handed to the varsity Green Wave boys as they lost 57-56. The Green Wave led most of the game but it was close throughout the whole contest.

The game was tied eight times. North Delta built a respectable six point lead, 11-5, in the first quarter but it did not last long. Most of the time the lead was only a basket or two.

It was the fourth quarter which changed the whole tune of the game. The game was tied at 44 and North Delta went ahead 46-44 on a field goal by Taylor Herron. West Memphis answered with a three-pointer to take the 47-46 lead. Bateman Greenlee got the basket and one free throw to go back ahead 49-47. A free throw by Geri Lamm and one by Jim Tom Copeland made the lead four, 51-47. West Memphis had a sleeper player that came alive in the fourth quarter and behind his shooting three-point and free throw shooting the Black Knights took the lead after back-to-back threes 53-51. The Black Knights completed two free throws. North Delta Bryan Nickle hit a field goal to pull within two 55-53.

West Memphis hit two more free throws to take a 57-53 lead. Nickle scored a three-pointer at the buzzer but it was not enough for the win.

The Jr. High Green Wave are finished with regular season action and are participating in the district tournament at Delta Academy this week. The boys played last night but the score was not available at press time.

The Lady Jr. High Wave got a first round bye and will play the winner of the Desoto/Marvell game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. If the boys won Thursday night, they will play West Memphis on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. Both games will be aired on 106.9 FM.

The varsity will host North Sunflower in non-district action tonight beginning at 5 p.m.