Green Wave basketball

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 30, 2012

By Brad Greer

Both North Delta girls and boys basketball squads found themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum in their home-opener Monday night against Greenville Washington.

Washington (girls)- 30
North Delta- 45

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In the opening contest, Erin Snider scored 14 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Lady Green Wave improved to 7-2 on the season with a 45-30 victory over the Generals. The North Delta boys were not as fortunate however as the visitors came away with an easy 57-33 win.

The Lady Waves looked as if  their game would be a runaway after leading 14-4 after one quarter of play and 26-13 at intermission.

Charla Darby and Hastings Neal connected on a pair of three pointers as North Delta jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Jordan Pullen and Snider closed out the opening eight minutes of play with a pair of field goals to extend the lead to 14-4.

The lead quickly grew to 20-4 in the opening minutes of the second quarter as Snider scored off an assist from Julianna Morrow while Claire Gant popped a short range jumper at the 5:47 mark of the opening half. Gant and Neal both followed Snider in scoring with eight points each.

North Delta came out cold to begin the second half, missing its first nine shots that allowed Washington to pull within seven points, 26-19, before Pullen broke the scoring drought with a short jumper at the free throw line.

The Lady Wave then quickly built their lead back to double figures, 33-21, as Neal drained a three-pointer off a screen play with 2:17 remaining in the quarter.

North Delta’s lead remained at double digits to begin the fourth quarter as Darby nailed her second trey of the contest. After Morrow’s two free throws with 2:28 left to play made the score 41-30, Snider iced the game with a layup followed by two free throws.

Darby finished with six points while Morrow and Pullen added five and four points each.

North Delta ended the night shooting 40 percent (16-of-40) from the floor while hitting on 8-of-13 shots from the charity stripe.

Washington (boys)- 57
North Delta- 33

The final game of the night was basically no contest as the Generals earned its first victory of the season.

Gore Pulliam led Washington with 15 points while Blake Rouneavall and Walker Stubbs added 14 and 10 points each.

The Generals raced out to a 12-5 lead after one quarter of play before going on a 9-0 run early in the second period to take a 22-5 lead.

North Delta, who hit only five field goals in the first half and trailed 25-12 at intermission, was led in scoring by Sam Copeland’s eight points.

Sophomore Wil Hartzell followed with eight points while Renic Greenlee added six. Jonathan Mackey chipped in with four points followed by Hunt Howell and Tylor Lee with three points. Tyler Beard rounded out the scoring with two points.

NDJH Boys 44-28 win

In junior high play, Will Kidder’s 15 points led the North Delta boys to a 44-28 win while Washington salvaged a split by winning 19-12 in girls action.

Joseph Wright contributed in the Junior High boys victory with nine points. Payton Neal chipped in with seven while Austin Pointer had four points. Cole Devazier, John Haga Lewis and Avery Rowland all registered two points.

NDJH Girls lost 19-12

Ginger Stevens and Janie Brassell led the Junior High Lady Waves with five points while Sarah Johnson added a basket.

The North Delta varsity teams followed Monday night’s games with a pair of losses  to Southern Baptist Tuesday night at Southaven.

The Lady Waves fell 55-45 despite 12  and 10 points from Darby and Snider.

Neal added nine points and three steals while Gant scored six points. Pullen registered 10 rebounds to go along with four points. Callie Blake Masterson and Anna Lloyd finished out the scoring with three and one points.

The North Delta boys meanwhile fell to 1-3 with a 66-48 loss. Copeland led the way with 11 points while Hartzell followed with 10. Greenlee dished out four assists and nine points while Mackey and Howell finished with eight and Lee added two.

North Delta travels to Washington tomorrow for four games starting at 2 p.m.