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January 27th, 2015
COLUMBUS â€“ The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers didn't let a first-half deficit distract them from going on the road for a victory against rival Heritage Academy Monday night.
Despite falling behind 27-20 at halftime, the Lady Vols rallied to defeat the Lady Patriots 49-46.
It's all about the process for Johnthan Banks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers are learning how to win with coach Lovie Smith and Banks is trying to do what he can to bring success back to Tampa Bay.
Banks understands what it takes to win because he did that at Mississippi State and East Webster High School.
It is not enough to win a single big game. For the Starkville Yellowjackets, the key is to do it regularly.
"It feels good to know you are capable of winning big, but as a coach, you know it is all about doing it on a consistent basis," SHS boys coach Greg Carter said. "You can't do it this game or that game. We are still working on that."
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray ventured a guess that the Bulldogs are the only team in the nation to have their starting backcourt sidelined to start the season because of back surgeries.
He's probably right.
Both Craig Sword and I.J. Ready had back surgeries before the season started and weren't ready when the Bulldogs opened the 2014-15 slate in November.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team may not have played on Sunday, but it was hardly a day of rest.
They still had to prepare to go on the road today for an encounter with the Auburn Tigers.
That's life in the Southeastern Conference and one that MSU coach Vic Schaefer understands well.
Mississippi State is improving according to head coach Rick Ray.
After starting 0-3 in Southeastern Conference play, the Bulldogs are 2-1 since that time and have played better.
The two wins came over Vanderbilt, which snapped a 16-game regular season losing streak in league play, and Auburn, the first win on the road in 23 tries for the Bulldogs.
QualityÂ is just one way Starkville coach Kristie Williams elects to describe her experience in the Bullock Toyota Mid-Mississippi Classic.Â
From the other teams to the Choctaw County staff and community, Williams said the tournament was top notch.
Georgia held the door open for Mississippi State a couple of times in the second half to take back the lead.
The home-standing Bulldogs just didn't walk through it.
MSU dropped a 72-66 decision to Georgia Saturday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum to end a two-game winning streak.
Anytime Mississippi State gets a chance to recognize someone like Bailey Howell, it's a very-much deserved thing.
On Saturday afternoon, the greatest player in MSU history had the road surrounding Humphrey Coliseum named for him and will forever be known as Bailey Howell Drive.
CRAWFORD â€“ There is nothing quite as exciting as a rivalry game.
Add in that the contest is one of the last of its kind and the stakes are raised.
That was exactly the scenario Saturday as the basketball teams of East and West Oktibbeha faced off for the first time in their final season of basketball.