Meridian Star


January 23, 2013

Bouncing Back

West boys earn redemption against SSC; West girls enjoy first-round playoff rout


MERIDIAN — West Lauderdale    12

Poplarville girls    1

    West Lauderdale head coach Alex George knew his team would come to play Tuesday night against Poplarville in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

    However, not even George could predict the show his girls would put on, as the Knights blew past the Hornets 12-1 on senior night at West Lauderdale.

    “It was a little bit of a shocker, but hey we will take it,” George said. “You never know what to expect in the first round, but we were stringing it together really nice tonight.”

    The Knights received their first goal of the game from sophomore Lacy Billings who was able to muscle the ball through the keepers arms and into the net early in the first half.

    The Knights would add to their lead quickly, as Hannah Byrd powered home a shot from the top of the box in the 13th minute to give West Lauderdale a commanding 2-0 lead.

    Taylor Gray capitalized on a West corner kick, finding the ball in the box and converting on an easy opportunity in the 18th minute, as the Knights onslaught began.

    The Knights would head into the half leading Poplarville 5-0 at the break and would continue to pour on the goals in the second half. Key to West's dominance in the game was the Knight's ability to control the game through efficient passing allowing them to keep possession.

    “These girls have been playing together since seventh grade,” George said. “The chemistry factor is something we have been stressing in our training sessions. I think now we are reaping the benefits of it.”    

    Jordyn Hull led the Knights on the night with two goals while also contributing with an assist. Jami Daugherty also had two goals on the night.

    West will Northeast Jones on Saturday for round two. Northeast Jones eliminated the Knights from the playoffs in the first round last season.

    “I just look forward to giving them a rematch,” Hull said. “I want to play them as well as we can and do everything possible to win.”  

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