The Kosciusko boys basketball team took on the defending 4A state champions and came away with a 56-42 victory over Greenwood. It was only a five-point lead at the half, but defense and rebounding enabled the Whippets to pull away.
“The key for us winning the ball game is defense. We took away some things they like to do,” said coach Eleazarus Greenleaf. “Our defense is light years ahead of our offense.”
JaQuan Hall led the Whippets with 21 point and seven rebounds. Antonio Harmon had 18 points and nine rebounds and Ellis Armon10 points and three blocks.
Greenleaf said the defense was led by Armon, Eshjon Mays and Jaden Collins. “My hat is off to them for their defensive effort.”
The Whippets improved to 4-0.
The Lady Whippets were defeated by Greenwood 52-45, falling to 2-1. Kosciusko battled back from a 23-13 halftime deficit to take a two-point lead, but could not hold it.
“We got off to a slow start,” said coach Cory Guyton. “In the second half we turned things around. We used up all our energy trying to get back in the game. We kind of ran out of gas.”
Jakayla Seawood had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Aaliyah Amey 10 points and 19 rebounds for Kosciusko.
The Whippets and Lady Whippets played New Hope Tuesday. They were schedules to compete in a tournament at West Lowndes Saturday, but it has been canceled.