By Jonathon Collins / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
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.
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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.