ND Basketball

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 22, 2009

North Delta’s Corbin Baker (right) wrestles for the ball against a West Memphis player Friday night. The Panolian photo by Glennie Pou

Last second free throws lift Green Wave

By Brad Greer

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Chris Brown has been at North Delta School only a few weeks, but Friday night the sophomore hit perhaps two of his most important shots of the young season.

Brown calmly sank a pair free throws with five seconds remaining to lift the Green Wave to a 44-42 victory over West Memphis Christian in District 1-AA action. The victory moved North Delta into a three-way tie for first place with West Memphis and Marshall Academy.

In other varsity action, the North Delta girls hit 10 three-pointers in route to a 57-37 victory over the Lady Black Knights. The teams split the junior high contests as the Lady Wave received 22 points from Charla Shae Darby as they doubled up West Memphis 40-20. The Knights salvaged one game by downing the junior high boys 53-28.

ND Varsity Boys

After a West Memphis turnover with six seconds showing on the clock, Brown was fouled on the following inbound play by Jordan Blann then proceeded to sink the free throws. The Black Knights then had one last shot at victory, but David Robilio’s half-court desperation shot was off the mark as the horn sounded.

North Delta (5-3;3-1) took a 42-40 lead on Jim Tom Copeland’s old fashion three-point play with 3:36 left in the contest. Copeland led the Green Wave in scoring with 11 points on the night. North Delta took a 31-29 lead heading into the final period on Geri Lamm’s putback of a Brown missed three-pointer with two seconds.

The Green Wave raced out to a 11-4 lead after one quarter of play on a pair of baskets by Derrick Shawn and a three pointer by Corbin Baker. West Memphis rebounded in the second quarter, outscoring the home team 13-7 on the strength on Robilio’s 11 points as North Delta took a slim 18-17 lead into the locker room.

Brown followed Copeland with 10 points while Baker added eight. Shawn contributed with seven points and Bryan Nickle and Lamm finished out the scoring with four points each.

North Delta shot 18-of-55 (33 percent) from the field while the Black Knights finished 18-of-34 (53 percent) from the floor. Robilio led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of- 26 shooting.

ND Varsity Ladies

In the varsity girls contest, the Lady Green Wave hit 10-of-27 shots from beyond the three-point line to ease past West Memphis. Linsey Hebert nailed four treys while leading North Delta (11-6; 3-1) with 14 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Sara Waldrip registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Bradi Beard added ten points while Madison Greenlee followed with nine points and seven boards.

Lauren Kimzey chipped in with five points while Kourtney Norris had four points and Katelyn Still finished with three.

Hebert rattled home her second three-pointer of the night at the halftime buzzer to give the Green Wave 31-21 lead. The second half was all North Delta as they went on a 16-2 spurt in the third quarter as Waldrip bombed a pair of treys while Beard added a jumper to start the uprising.

NDJH Girls

Darby had the hot hand in the junior high girls contest as the freshmen hit five three-pointers while adding four steals and three assists. Julianna Morrow followed with seven points and eight steals while Erin Snider chipped in with six points and three steals. Hastings Neal had four points and Jordan Pullen had one point.


Hunt Howell led the North Delta Junior High boys with eight points. Taylor Morris followed with seven while Renic Greenlee followed with six. Andy Linder added three points with William Dean and Collin Phillips rounding out the scoring with two points.

North Delta will take part in the Magnolia Heights Christmas tournament starting Monday in Senatobia. The Lady Green Wave will tip-off the first game at 10:30 a.m against Starkville while the boys take on the host team at 7:15 later that evening.