Meridian Star

February 16, 2014

Nearly Perfect

West ends regular season with win over Caledonia

By Jonathon Collins / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The West Lauderdale Knights finished their regular season with a conference game victory over Caledonia Saturday night at home, 61-31.

    The Knights polished off a nearly perfect district season with their win over Caledonia bringing them to 9-1 in the league and 23-3 over all. Although West Lauderdale was already coming into this game holding first place in their conference and three wins in a row, ending the regular season with a win keeps their fire burning for the playoffs.

    "Team defense was the key," coach Duran Clark said. "Being able to hold Caledonia to 31 points was a team effort which played a huge role in our victory."

    Staying on top for most of the first half, the Knights were able to keep a steady pace in their defense and consistent points flowing with the help of senior Vince Watkins scoring 16 points in the first half.

    Starting the second half with a 26-16 lead, West Lauderdale began to pull ahead even further with junior E.J. Collier scoring a startling 19 points with two 3-pointers. Watkins also helped keep the Knights on top in the second half finishing with a game total of 24 points.

    "Vince and E.J. definitely played consistently well in both halves," Clark said. "They dominated in scoring and defense and helped pull out a win."

    The Knights will take on their first opponent of the Division 4-4A tournament hosted by Leake Central next Thursday.

West Lauderdale girls 51

Caledonia 29

    Jasmine Fortner led the Lady Knights with 15 points including a 3-pointer in the first period followed by Keke Mafin finishing the game with two consecutive buckets.