Cathedral girls, boys get different results

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 1, 1999

The Cathedral Green Wave jumped out to a big lead late in the third quarter and held off a furious rally by Wesson to beat the Cobras 68-63 Tuesday night.

After the Green Wave increased a four-point halftime lead at 38-34 to 15 at 54-41 with just over a minute left in the third quarter, the Cobras closed the margin to two several times in the fourth quarter.

But costly turnovers, missed free throws and the defense and clutch shooting of Zac Robinson was too much for Wesson to overcome.

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Robinson led Cathedral with 21 points, 14 in the second half, and have five steals late in the game to seal the Cobras’ fate.

Lanoxne Scott had 17 points before fouling out nearly midway through the fourth quarter. Chris Martin had 12 points.

Richie Miller led Wesson with 16 points. Sam Sinclair had 12 points.

Ken Butler had 11 points, including a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter to give Wesson a 17-15 lead.

The win improves the Green Waves record to 5-2 overall.

&uot;We played a little sloppy at first,&uot; Cathedral coach Bill Cameron said. &uot;We were not hitting our free throws and were getting beat on the boards. We stressed to the players to concentrate on boxing out better and it helped us in the second half.&uot;

The win over foe Wesson evens Cathedral’s district record at 1-1.

In girls varsity action, Gwen Smith had 25 points to lead the Lady Cobras to a 55-44 win over the Lady Green Wave.

&uot;We didn’t do a good job of shutting down their number one player (Smith),&uot; said Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley. &uot;I was pleased with our effort, but not with our execution.&uot;

Smith was the only Lady Cobra to score in double figures.

Kail Baldwin had eight points and Valerie Brooks had seven.

Betsi McGraw led the Lady Green Wave with 20 points and Vee Brice had 15 points.

Free throws hurt Cathedral in the first quarter as McGraw and Mary Margaret Alwood were a combined 0 for 6 from the line, which could have made the outcome much different.

&uot;We started off slow. We had to use all our energy to catch up,&uot; coach Beesley said. &uot;We cut it down to two points in the third quarter, but we couldn’t take advantage of their mistakes.&uot;

Cathedral dropped to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in district play.

The Green Wave will travel to Jackson to compete in the Catholic Tournament this weekend.

The St. Joe Tournament will be played in Madison .

&uot;Hopefully we can go up there and play good fundamental basketball,&uot; said coach Beesley.

Cameron is looking forward to the Catholic Tournament too.

&uot;It is a double elimination tournament and there are some good teams playing in the tournament,&uot; Cameron said. &uot;We are playing good right now. I would like to go up to Jackson and get a couple of wins.&uot;