West Lauderdale boys' basketball coach Duran Clark saw a first Friday night ... one he hopes he never witnesses again.

Clark's Knights scored the game's first 14 points as they jumped out to a 23-4 first quarter lead over Kosciusko in a Division 4-4A game at Collinsville.

When the final horn sounded, however, it was the visiting Whippets who left town holding a 77-60 victory. That's a virtually unheard of 36-point turnaround.

"In 12 years, that's the first time I've ever seen the score go from 19 up to 17 down," Clark said. "They didn't quit. I thought maybe we could get a few baskets at the start of the third quarter, but we turned the ball over a couple times and they hit a couple 3s. You could tell that it was on then. It was headed in the wrong direction.

"We've just got to put 32 minutes together. The other night (at Northeast Lauderdale), we played about 27 minutes pretty good and tonight we played about eight very good minutes ... really the first half. In the second half, we only scored 17 points and they made everything they shot. If they didn't make it, they got the offensive rebound and put it back in."

The Whippets racked up 31 points in the second quarter to close to within 43-35 at halftime, then used a 19-11 advantage over the third quarter to draw even at 54-54 to start the final period.

The Whippets opened the fourth quarter with a 17-3 run over the first five minutes to settle the outcome.

In losing for the seventh time in their last eight games, the Knights got 20 points from Tony Jones, 15 from Ricky Gardner, all from behind the arc; and eight each from Ryan Hill and Paul Clayton.

West fell to 13-12 overall and 3-7 in 4-4A.

Kosciusko (8-17, 4-6) got 29 points from Jamal Wilder, 20 from Jamariey Atterberry and 12 from Terry Levy.



West girls 61

Kosciusko 36

The Lady Knights outscored Kosciusko 39-11 in the second half as they reached the .500 mark for the first time since a win over South Leake in the opening night of the East Central Classic on Nov. 28 left them 4-4.

After a 16-16 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Knights trailed 25-22 going into halftime. They opened the second half with an 8-0 run and outscored the Lady Whippets 15-6 over the third quarter to go up 37-31.

West whipped the Lady Whippets 24-5 over the final eight minutes to improve to 5-5 in Division 4-4A and 12-12 overall.

"In the first half, we were getting shots, but nobody was making them," West head coach Jody Hurst said. "We haven't been scoring well the last couple weeks.

"I told them at halftime that if this team wants to go anywhere, we've got to score. We've got to attack the basket. We haven't been shooting well, so we've got to go to the goal and go inside. We did a better job of that in the second half.

"They played well the first half. They made some 3s, but their point guard got in foul trouble and she was the one hitting a lot of their shots. That helped us some."

Sha McNeil led West with 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Whitney Gale finished with 15 after scoring nine in the first quarter. Jerrica Sims added nine with eight coming in the second half. Josie Matthews tossed in six.

Toni Manning hit four 3-pointers in leading Kosciusko with 16 points. Tierica Jamison had six.

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