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Lady Jackets start region tournament

February 11, 2013

Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams, left, discusses strategy with her team during a timeout. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets know what's at stake tonight.

It's down to that time of the season when one loss can end a season abruptly and even though the Lady Jackets have enjoyed a good season with an overall 14-7 record, it won't matter if they don't give a good enough effort against Yazoo City in the first round of the Class 5A, Region 3 Tournament in Canton.

The tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

"We know it's going to be a tough game and it's that do or die situation," SHS girls coach Kristie Williams said.

The Lady Jackets earned a 60-55 victory over Yazoo City at home and will be facing the region opponent for the third time this season.

"It's tough to face a team for the third time because each time that team is very understanding of what they've got to do to be better the next time around, so it's going to be a battle," Williams said. "We're hopeful that we can extend our season one more game at least."

Starkville has won five of its last six games, including a 61-44 victory over Aberdeen in a non-region game to end the regular season on a good note.

The Lady Jackets have recorded victories against Noxubee County, Neshoba Central, Forest and Yazoo City down the stretch of the season.

In some of those games, Williams has been able to give some of her younger players some time on the court, which she believes will help take some pressure off of Biair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery, who have led Starkville most of the season.

"We've gotten better," Williams said. "There have been times we've been able to get other people on the floor to get that game experience and we're hoping that is going to help us out down the stretch.

"We know that if we are to progress through our season that people are gong to try to focus on our key players and try to shut them down, so we've got to have other players step up and help us out in order to win these games as we move through the playoffs."

If the Lady Jackets are able to win, they will advance to play the winner of the Canton-Neshoba Central game in Friday's championship game.

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