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January 30th, 2015
Moral victories aren't enough anymore.
Controlling most of the game is just not cutting it anymore, neither is dominating most of the stat sheet.
That's Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray's feeling after Wednesday night's 79-73 loss to Ole Miss. The Bulldogs led by double digits in both halves and shot a better percentage from the field than the Rebels.
The Starkville Christian Lady Cougars achieved a first on Friday night.
Starkville Christian had never beaten Tupelo Christian Prep on the basketball court before, but on the home court, the Lady Cougars got the job done with a 57-41 victory over the Lady Eagles.
"I think this was their best basketball IQ game of the season," SCS girls coach Mark Horstemeyer said.
MABEN â€“ One more in the win column.
By defeating Okolona 68-20 on Friday night, that is exactly what East Webster added to its already perfect record.
BRANDON â€“ The Starkville Yellowjackets picked up a victory sweep over Class 6A, Region 3 foe Northwest Rankin on Friday.
The Lady Jackets were first with a 64-56 win. Highlighting the win were offensive leaders Tabreea Gandy whose night ended with 20 points, Eryka Williams with 17 points and Tanita Thompson, who added on 11 points.
GREENVILLE â€“ The Starkville Academy Volunteers hit the road Friday evening for a matchup against Washington School.
In the girls game, it was a closely contested ballgame, but in the end, the Lady Generals got the 38-30 victory.
ACKERMAN â€“ The Choctaw County Chargers hosted Raleigh Friday night and came away with two Class 3A, Region 2 victories.
Brysa Maxwell's 15 points helped the Lady Chargers beat the Lady Lions 56-35.
A 14-3 run by Choctaw County (9-9) in the second quarter helped put the Lady Chargers up 32-19 at halftime.
Maxwell had eight of her 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Chargers.
This year's Super Bowl holds many story lines.
There is the matchup with the great Seattle defense and the high-scoring New England offense. There is Patriot quarterback Tom Brady against Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman and New England head coach Bill Belichick squaring off against Seattle head coach Pete Carroll. There is also the shadow of deflated footballs hanging over the Patriots.
Chris White looks to make the most out of any situation.
He has been rewarded for that attitude with a spot in Sunday's Super Bowl as a member of the New England Patriots.
White, who played linebacker for the Mississippi State Bulldogs from 2009-2010, may only be used primarily on special teams with the Patriots, but he takes that responsibility seriously.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team didn't want a repeat performance of what happened in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this season.
Kendra Grant, Martha Alwal and Victoria Vivians made sure it wouldn't.
I.J. Ready has found 2015 to his liking.
The sophomore guard for Mississippi State started the 2014-15 season on the bench after having back surgery in November. He struggled in the non-conference stretch, but Southeastern Conference play has been a different story.
Ready has scored in double figures the last six games.