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MSU gets test with Utah State

November 21, 2014

Mississippi State head men's basketball coach Rick Ray is looking for his team to be tested early in the season.
He gets his wish today.
The Bulldogs (2-0) square off against Utah State (3-0) at noon from Humphrey Coliseum. The game can be seen on SEC Network +.

Wakeup call benefits SHS: Yellowjackets regained focus for the postseson

November 20, 2014

The Starkville Yellowjackets received a little bit of a wakeup call at the end of the regular season.
As the Jackets played Warren Central and Clinton to close the Class 6A, Region 2 schedule, they had to win each game in different ways.
Starkville relied on its defense in a 27-17 victory over Warren Central, then had to turn up the offense to claim a 56-46 shootout over Clinton.

East Webster looks to stay hot in playoffs

November 20, 2014

Getting hot at the right time. That is often the key to finding success in the postseason and is exactly what the East Webster Wolverines have done.

Bulldogs emphasize getting turnovers on defense

November 20, 2014

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins always emphasizes forcing turnovers in his meeting rooms.
But in the last two games for the Bulldogs, they haven't forced a turnover. 

SHS's Mattox signs with North Alabama

November 20, 2014

One of Starkville High’s strongest athletes finalized her plans for the future Thursday afternoon.
After many years of anchoring the Lady Yellowjacket cross country team Walker Mattox signed a national letter of intent to continue her sport with the University of North Alabama.

MSU advances to WNIT final, beat W. Virginia

November 20, 2014

An official had to run in and take the basketball away from Mississippi State sophomore Ketara Chapel before she inbounded with 7:20 left to go in Thursday night's game against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
The pause in action was so West Virginia's Lanay Montgomery, who had fouled out, could get to the bench.

Bulldog to participate in Puerto Rico Tip-off

November 20, 2014

Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray feels like early-season tournaments are the thing to do in college basketball.
He got his wish for next season.
It was announced Thursday that the Bulldogs will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-off next season.

Jackets, Lady Jackets get to 4-0 with wins over West Point

November 20, 2014

WEST POINT – Starkville High School head coach Kristie Williams got her Lady Jackets to 4-0 Thursday evening.
Starkville knocked off West Point 63-49 on the road. The Lady Jackets led 34-27 at halftime, but trailed by as many as four points in the opening half.
Eryka Williams led the Lady Jackets with 14 points. Acacia McBride added 11 points, while Kelsey Jones had 10 points.

Boys game

THE DEFENSE: Vols have a strong unit across the board

November 19, 2014

It's a stacked lineup.
Across the board, the Starkville Academy Volunteers have a solid defense.
“It goes back to the experience these guys have,” SA defensive coordinator Brad Butler said. “They have gotten better each game. Most of them have been starting since their sophomore year and now they are seniors so they have seen about everything.”

OPPOSING VIEWPOINT: SA, Oak Forest have similar teams

November 19, 2014

Mirror images.
There is really no other way to describe the way Starkville Academy and Oak Forest Academy match up.
Both teams are run heavy on the offense with athletic quarterbacks, while possessing tight knit defenses.
“When you look at Oak Forest, you almost think you are looking in the mirror,” Volunteers coach Jeff Terrill said. “We have very similar offensive and defensive schemes.”

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