SHS basketball teams sweep West Point

Sports Editor

Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams like the potential of the sophomores on this year's team.

On Thursday night, Amaya Ford was one of those who showed what she could do.

Ford scored in double digits with 18 points and the Lady Yellow Jackets bounced back from a home loss to Columbus to defeat the West Point Lady Green Wave 63-43.

After getting two points in the first half as the Lady Jackets built a 35-16 lead, Ford went to work in the third quarter to make sure the Lady Green Wave would not come back.

"Amaya Ford really showed me what she's made of and that's what I've been telling her all along," Williams said. "Hopefully that was a big boost for her so she can continue to help lead us throughout the rest of the season.

"Some younger players in our sophomore group were able to play some good minutes (Thursday night) and I was pleased with their effort. It was a good all-around type game where everybody was able to contribute to us bouncing back."

West Point actually jumped out to a 5-0 advantage in the first quarter and went up 7-2 before Starkville went on a 13-0 run to get a 15-7 lead.

The Lady Green Wave were able to keep the deficit at eight points 17-11 after one quarter, but were out-scored 18-5 in the second quarter.

"Starkville is a great disciplined basketball team," West Point girls coach Dash Daniel said. "We are going to learn a lot from the film."

Jalisa Outlaw joined Ford in double digits and led the Lady Jackets with 19 points.

Starkville evened its record at 2-2.

"It's going to be a game by game situation throughout the season," Williams said. "It's about building self-confidence with players and getting them to see that we can do it. We just have to keep pushing forward and I thought I saw players step up and do good things."

Boys Game
Starkville 82,
West Point 28

The game was never in doubt not long after the opening tip.

After Jamarvis Phillips hit a pair of free throws to give the Jackets a 2-0 lead, J.B. Harrell hit a basket for the Green Wave to tie the game at 2-2.

Starkville went on a 9-0 run at that point to go up 11-2 and increased the margin to 24-6 after one quarter.

At halftime, the Jackets held a 52-10 advantage.

Jamarrion Brown led SHS with 16 points, while Phillips added 14 points. Forte Prater and Tyler Talley scored 10 points each.

James Cunningham was the only double-figure scorer for West Point with 10 points.

The Jackets improved their record to 4-0 and will host their Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 24.