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West Lowndes bows out of girls basketball playoffs

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

Pressure defenses are designed to give teams plenty of chances to create separation.

 

 

Starkville girls return to Big House

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kristie Williams, welcome to the "Big House."

 

 

Starkville boys top Murrah to reach Class 6A quarterfinal round

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

All year long, the Starkville Yellow Jackets have had one thing on their mind - getting to Jackson and competing for a state championship.

 

 

Lady Falcons fall in Class 6A playoffs

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

The Hernando High School girls' basketball team had a narrow glimmer of hope of when it cut Columbus' lead to 10 by halftime on Friday night.

 

 

West Point girls see historic season end in playoffs

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - Already playing with house money, West Point High girls' basketball coach Dashmond Daniel decided to gamble late in his team's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A Playoff opener against Ridgeland Friday night.

 

 

New Hope boys win home finale

Posted 2/25/2015 in High School Sports

Shemar Johnson downplayed his emotions Tuesday night. Playing in front of a packed New Hope High School student section for the final time, Johnson jammed home two monster dunks for old times sake.

 

 

West Oktibbeha boys keep final season alive

Posted 2/25/2015 in High School Sports

MABEN -- If you were to look on paper at the West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team's 81-51 victory against Dexter in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A State tournament Tuesday night, it might seem like just another ordinary first-round victory.

 

 

Columbus boys advance in Class 6A tournament

Posted 2/25/2015 in High School Sports

GRENADA -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team opened the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State tournament with a 67-47 win against Grenada on Tuesday night.

 

 

Rieves provides spark for West Lowndes

Posted 2/25/2015 in High School Sports

Wendell Rieves wants to get back to the "Big House." Last season, Rieves was a junior on the West Lowndes High School boys basketball team that advanced to play in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A State tournament at Mississippi Coliseum. A disappointing loss to Shaw left a bad taste in the mouths of all of the West Lowndes players and provided ample motivation for the 2014-15 season.

 

 

West Oktibbeha has plenty of contributors in first region title

Posted 2/24/2015 in High School Sports

MABEN -- Danny Crawford had a feeling about his West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team. Even though the Timberwolves only have eight players, Crawford knew his team's size on the front line would serve it well as it made a playoff push in the second half of the season.

 

 

Local prep basketball teams ready to start playoffs

Posted 2/24/2015 in High School Sports

There are no more reprieves. There also are no more third-place games to help teams extend their seasons. Starting tonight, area boys and girls basketball teams will have to win or they will have to go home. The New Hope (Class 5A), Aberdeen (Class 3A), West Oktibbeha and West Lowndes (Class 1A) high school boys basketball teams will play host to Mississippi High School Activities Associations games tonight, while Columbus (Class 6A), West Point (Class 5A), East Oktibbeha and Hamilton (Class 1A) will go on the road to try to extend their seasons.

 

 

Merchant will be new football coach at Sulligent

Posted 2/23/2015 in High School Sports

One choice didn't force Daniel Merchant to turn his back on his alma mater. Instead, when Merchant learned in January that the head football coach position at Sulligent High School was open again, the 2004 graduate of the school re-applied for the position.

 

 

Oxford edges New Hope in OT

Posted 2/21/2015 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team nearly made everyone forget its slow start. Somehow after scoring only four points in the first quarter and trailing by 16 points, New Hope found itself in the lead, 55-54, following a steal by Jaylon Bardley and a thunderous dunk by Shemar Johnson with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining against Oxford in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 title game at West Point High. But that would be the only lead the Trojans would taste.

 

 

West Oktibbeha boys edge West Lowndes for title

Posted 2/21/2015 in High School Sports

Terry Tate tip-toed along the West Oktibbeha sideline repeatedly Friday night. The Timberwolves' point guard was often flushed to that side by the West Lowndes High School boys basketball team's 2-2-1 press. The pressure forced the eighth-grader into a string of turnovers in the second half of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 5 championship game Friday night at West Lowndes High.

 

 

Starkville girls beat Columbus for third time to take region crown

Posted 2/21/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams commonly refers to the season as a marathon instead of a sprint. Friday night had to feel like two marathons. For the third time this season, Starkville was taken to the brink by archrival Columbus. Again, the Lady Jackets survived.

 

 

Starkville boys win region title

Posted 2/21/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Josh Skinner breaks down the formula for the boys basketball team's success at home this season as a three-step process. "It starts with being excited and ready at the tip," Skinner said. "Then all five guys on the floor play some great defense. Everybody is active and we get some easy steals and get the other team rattled a little bit."

 

 

West Lowndes squads reach finals in region tournament

Posted 2/20/2015 in High School Sports

Roosevelt Bridges knows the road back to Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson isn't going to be easy.

 

 

Prep basketball playoffs resume tonight

Posted 2/18/2015 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith knows his team can deliver a better effort than it gave Tuesday night in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 tournament.

 

 

Ousley, New Hope edge Saltillo

Posted 2/18/2015 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- His team needed a play, so Willie Ousley made one. And when the New Hope High School boys basketball team needed free throws down the stretch to close a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 tournament win against Saltillo, Ousley did that, too. With New Hope protecting a one-point lead late in its first-round game Tuesday night, Saltillo had the ball and a chance to take the lead with less than 30 seconds remaining. But the Tigers were a bit out of control with the basketball and Ousley seized the opportunity.

 

 

Fast start pushes Starkville boys past Columbus

Posted 2/18/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Early in the second quarter, Starkville High School senior Raphael Leonard leaped through the air, snagged a loose basketball, and threw it over his back to a waiting teammate. Seconds later, the improbable save led to an easy basket. Leonard made several similar catches in a standout career at wide receiver for the school's football team. On Tuesday night, he was clearing a baseline instead of a goal line, but his effort epitomized the grit and determination of all of his teammates. A lightning-fast start carried Starkville past Columbus 62-49 in an opening-round game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 tournament being at Starkville High.

 

 

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