ND Green Wave basketball

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 27, 2009

Cold shooting plagues Lady Wave in split with Chiefs

By Brad Greer

The North Delta Lady Green Waves could not have picked a worse time to have gone cold shooting as they did Monday night against Magnolia Heights.

After Linsey Hebert drilled a three pointer to tie the game at 30-30 with 4:32 remaining, North Delta did not score another point as the Chiefs scored the final six points of the contest to take a 36-30 victory

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In other games, North Delta split a pair of seventh grade contests with Magnolia Heights winning 17-16 while the North Delta boys came away victorious. The Green Wave Junior High boys and girls squads won both games as the girls won 42-30 while the boys took a 31-27 victory. Then in the final game of the night, Magnolia Heights held off the Green Wave 45-41 in the varsity boys games.

North Delta Lady Wave (6-5), raced out to a 15-7 lead in the varsity girls game as Bradi Beard scored off a missed three-pointer by Lauren Kimzey with 6:28 left in the second quarter. Magnolia Heights reeled off the next five points as Lacey Gordon drained a three-pointer to close the gap to 15-12 with 3:13 left before intermission.

After the Green Wave took a 19-15 lead into the locker room, both teams played an exciting third quarter as the lead changed hands three times. Alli Johnson’s three-pointer gave the Chiefs their first lead of the second half at 20-19. North Delta regained the lead 23-22 two minutes later as Laci DuBravec converted a layup off a Magnolia Heights turnover. Johnson then nailed another trey to make the score 25-24 at the 2:18 mark.

Magnolia Heights took the lead for good at 32-30 with 4:25 left in the game when Allison Womack sank a pair of free throws. Johnson then added two more free throws with 16 seconds remaining for a 36-30 Lady Chief lead.

Kourtney Norris led North Delta in scoring with eight points followed by Beard with six. Beard also pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with seven steals and four assists. Madison Greenlee followed with five points. DuBravec and Hebert each had three points while Kimzey and Sara Waldrip chipped in with two points. Hanna Greenlee finished the game with one point.

The Green Waves shot 13-38 (27 percent) from the field while turning the ball over 23 times.

In the varsity boys contest, T.A. Zettergren scored 22 points to lead the Chiefs to victory despite hitting only 9- of- 25 free throws including 2-of-12 in the fourth period

North Delta (1-2) fought back from a 32-20 deficit in the second half to pull within three at 39-36 when Corbin Baker swished a three- pointer with 5:51 left in the game. Derrick Shawn’s three-pointer from the left side with 1:24 remaining proved to be the Green Waves’ final points as they failed to convert on three straight trips down the floor in the final minute of the game.

Chris Brown led North Delta in scoring as the South Panola transfer had 14 points. Baker followed with 13 while Jim Tom Copeland and Shawn had six and five points each. Bryan Nickle and Tres Brasell rounded out the scoring with two and one points each, respectively.

In the Junior High boys contest, Renic Greenlee led the Green Wave to victory with 13 points. Hunt Howell added nine while Tyler Beard contributed with three. Tayler Morris and Alan Larson each added two and Jonathan Mackey registered one point.

Charla Shae Darby scored 15 points to lead the Junior High Green Wave girls to victory. Julianna Morrow added 11 points, nine tips, seven rebounds and five steals. Hastings Neal followed with eight points and three steals. Claire Gant chipped in with four points while Erin Snider added three points, seven tips, seven boards and five steals. Callie Blake Masterson rounded out the scoring with one point and three steals.

North Delta opens up district play Tuesday night at Marshall with five games starting at 3:30. The Green Waves next home game will be Dec. 7 against Kirk Academy.