February 10, 2009

Carr leads West Point in district tourney

COLUMBUS, Miss., - West Point took out some frustrations Tuesday night against Caledonia in the MHSAA Class 4A Region 4 district tournament hosted at New Hope.

The Green Wave were beaten by Caledonia 76-56 on Jan. 27 and started a five-game skid to end the season. But West Point avenged the 20 point loss when it counted most.

The Green Wave secured a spot in the 4A North State Tournament with their backs against the wall with an 80-55 win over Caledonia.

"I challenged our guys," said West Point head coach Winston Varnado. "I told them if we lose then we go home. We would go home and I would go watch my son (MSU junior center Jarvis Varnado) play. If we win then I would tell him that I would come see him when I can. The bottom line is these guys were not ready to hang their uniforms up and they started working together as a team."

One player that rose up to the challenge was junior guard Michael Carr. Carr led the Green Wave with 22 points on the night scoring 11 points in each half.

"Mike realized that it was on his shoulders whether we win or lose," Varnado said. "It's not solely on his shoulders but he's got a big part in this. Mike came out there focused and played good defense. He rebounded tonight and did a good job there. That makes a big difference. We know he can score. He didn't even try to score tonight and still got some points."

Another obstacle the Green Wave had to overcome some off the court issues heading into the tournament. The team's second leading scorer Curtis Hall has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest for his suspected involvement in a shooting incident on Jan. 16. Varnado said Hall would remain suspended until Hall was cleared of the charges.

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