ND vs Lee, Ark.

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Green Wave comes from behind to defeat Lee

By Brad Greer

With their outside shooting game not working, North Delta resorted to plan B against Lee, Ark.

Using the inside game of  forwards Sam Copeland and Tylor Lee, the Green Wave rebounded from a 22-14 halftime deficit to take a 42-38 come-from-behind victory over the Cougars Saturday afternoon.
Copeland scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the second half while pulling down 12 rebounds. The sophomore knocked down a short jumper early in the fourth quarter to give the Green Wave a 34-32 lead.
After Andrew Harvey’s three-pointer gave Lee a 35-34 advantage, Renic Greenlee nailed a trey from the corner to give the Green Wave the lead for good, 37-35, with 2:53 remaining in the contest.

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North Delta’s (6-15) lead grew to 41-35 as Jonathan Mackey knocked down a pair of free throws with less than a minute to play. Harvey then banked home another trey with seven seconds remaining to make the score 41-38, after a quick foul on the inbounds play, Greenlee hit two free throws to seal the victory.

“We wanted to use our height advantage inside and Sam came out and had a good third quarter. Tylor came in from the high post and hit two or three jumpers from there. Those two guys came through when we needed it today,” said head coach Brad Wilson.

“We got caught napping there in the first half but came back and got after them defensively in the second half. We took better care of the ball and cut down on our turnovers. We struggled today with our outside game, but that’s how it goes. Some days those shots will fall and some days they do not,“ said Wilson.

Lee added all 10 of his points in the second half on five-of-five shooting from the floor. Greenlee also added 10 points in the winning cause. Zach Inman followed with three points while Hunt Howell and Mackey added two each.

Varsity Lady Wave

In the varsity girls contest, North Delta knocked down a season-high 13 three-pointers as they blew out Lee, 57-13.

Laci DuBravec led the Lady Green Wave in scoring with 22 points that included seven treys. Bradi Beard added 10 points as North Delta won their eighth game in a row and 12th of the last 13 games.

North Delta (24-8) led 18-3 after one quarter of play and 31-7 at halftime.

The second half was played using a running clock.

Charla Shea Darby chipped in with eight points while Claire Gant connected on five of six free throws for five points. Hannah Waldrip and Katelyn Still finished with three points while Hanna Greenlee and Jordan Pullen contributed with two and one points.

North Delta took three of four games from West Memphis Friday night as both junior high squads won while the varsity girls won 60-34. West Memphis took the varsity boys game 73- 56.

Janie Brasell’s eight points led the junior high girls to a 22-17 win. Ginger Stevens followed with five while Sarah Johnson added three. Shelby Province, Haley Lamm and Magan Bollinger added two points.
Bailey Sullivant’s 14 points led North Delta’s junior high boys to a 45-44 victory. Will Kidder added 11 points in the win while Ridge Simmerman chipped in with six points. Hunter Baker and Wilson Morrow followed with five points and Will Hartzell finished with four.

Beard led the North Delta varsity girls to victory with 23 points and three assists. DuBravec folowed with 10 points while Greenlee pulled down 11 rebounds and added nine points.

Katelyn Still dished out six assists to go along with seven points. Peyton Rico had five points and Hastings Neal chipped in with three. Darby, Waldrip and Julianna Morrow finished with two points.

North Delta hosted Magnola Heights Monday night and will close out the regular season Monday against Desoto, Ark. starting at 6 p.m.