ND girls basketball

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Seventh-grader Ally Alford’s efforts on the court has the North Delta Lady Wave ranked No. 2 in MAIS AAA. She led the team with 19 points Thursday against Desoto, Ark. The Panolian photo by Glennie Pou

Lady Wave down Desoto by 15 points

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By Brad Greer
Ally Alford might be  a seventh grader but certainly is not playing like one for the North Delta School Lady Green Wave basketball team.

Thursday night against Desoto, Ark. Alford netted a season-high 19 points as North Delta (3-0) remained unbeaten on the young season with a 48-33 victory. Mary Emily Morris provided ten points as the only other player in double digit figures.

 Alford came out on fire by scoring her team’s first eleven of her 14 points in the first quarter alone which included four three-pointers  as North Delta took a 18-6 lead after the first stanza.

Morris collected half of her points in the second quarter with a trey followed with a short jumper. Faith Bollinger provided her only two points of the game with a lay up later on in the quarter to give North Delta a 25-15 halftime edge.

While their lead was never in doubt, North Delta never could seem to shake the pesky Thunderbirds as the visitors cut the lead to single digit points twice in the second half. The Lady Wave regained control in the fourth quarter on consecutive baskets by Morris. Megan Bollinger added a field goal while Sarah Johnson sank two free throws down the stretch.

 North Delta connected on 18-of-49 shots from the floor and seven-of-15 from three point land. Johnson contributed with six points while Megan Bollinger produced four. Ginger Stevens provided three points as Faith Bollinger and Blakely Denman finished with two and one point each.

 ND (boys)- 41 Desoto- 40
 Alex Greenlee’s game-winning  basket with 35 seconds left gave North Delta the close victory. Greenlee finished with a team-high 15 points as the Green Wave improved to 2-1 on the year.

 After a timeout with 25 seconds remaining, the Thunderbirds worked the ball around for a potential winning shot  but John Charles McKinney’s jumper with two seconds left glanced off the rim.

 Greenlee gave North Delta a 31-30 lead after three quarters before Desoto reeled off five straights points to start the final period. Avery Roland knocked down a huge trey at the 1:22 mark before Greenlee hit the front end of a one-and-one free throw tied the game at 39-39 with 52 seconds left. Roland followed Greenlee with 10 points.

North Delta led 19-18 at intermission and shot 41 percent from the floor despite 8-for-19 at the charity stripe. Peyton Neal added six points for North Delta with Cole Devazier providing four points. Miles Garner contributed with three points and Joseph Cox added one point.

Both North Delta Junior High teams remain unbeaten with easy wins over Desoto. The Lady Waves got 10 points from Emy Cay Donaldson in a 37-12 rout. Isabella Morrow followed with seven points with Kallie Brown registered six. Sayle Stennett garnered five while Ally Alford finished with four. Faith and Hannah Bollinger each had two points and Denman finished with one.

  The North Delta boys got 18 points from Chris Burchfield and 12 from brother Matt   to ease past the Thunderbirds 54-8. Colin Hartman followed with 13 points. Mason McCord had three points while Wilt Miller, Ryan Gibson, Hawk Aldison and Layton Wells had two points each.

 North Delta travels to Delta Academy today with four games starting at 4 p.m before hosting Winona Christian Thursday also at 4 p.m.