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MABEN â€“ East Webster High School principal Bill Brand confirmed to Starkville Daily News prep writer Jason Edwards on Sunday that girls basketball coach Stan Hughey has died.
MIAMI â€“ Deshea Townsend has been around football for most of his life.
He has been around the defensive side of the ball for all of his professional and college careers.
On Saturday, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen gave the defensive play-calling duties to the cornerbacks coach.
The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets were looking for players at the beginning of the season that would show leadership after the departure of Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery.
One of those that is beginning to step up is junior guard Eryka Williams.
Williams has started to produce in some key moments as the Lady Jackets are off to a 10-3 start this season.
It contained 14 games over two days with a field of multiple strong teams from across the Southeast.
Those are the qualities possessed by the 2014 Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Christmas basketball tournament and in its fourth year, the annual event hosted by Starkville High and held on the campus of Mississippi State certainly did not disappoint.
Competition in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump came to conclusion Saturday evening and it did so with little fanfare.
After leading all game, the Starkville Yellowjackets rebounded from a day one loss to defeat Restoration Academy (Ala.) 52-33.
The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets wanted a better start on Saturday than it had on Friday.
They got it.
After falling behind early in a 59-51 loss to Harrison Central in its first game of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump, Starkville responded in a big way against the Eupora Eagles on the second day.
There were some question marks entering the season for the Starkville High School basketball teams.
The Lady Yellowjackets lost two very good perimeter players in Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery, while the Jackets came in missing their entire starting lineup from last year.
Basketball competition came a little slower pace for those in attendance at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Saturday.
Unlike Friday, which ended with a double overtime contest between Starkville and Southwind, the second day's games were much more decisive.
In the Miller McCoy Academy and Aberdeen matchup, the Bulldogs claimed a convincing 55-37 victory.
Mississippi State football was taken to new heights this season.
For the first time in the 115-year history of the program, the Bulldogs climbed to the No. 1 spot in both the major polls â€“ the Associated Press and Amway Coaches. The Bulldogs were also No. 1 in the inaugural College Football Playoff poll.
Holidays in Starkville have included hoops over the last four years.
Once again, Starkville High School is hosting the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump and the last game of the first day turned out to be the best.
The Yellowjackets and Southwind took the situation to double overtime before the the Jaguars claimed a 75-72 win.