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Jackets to see when they play Golden Wave

February 11, 2011

It's not clear whether the Class 6A, Region 2 basketball tournament will resume at Starkville High School tonight.
Because of the recent blast of winter weather that hit the state, the schedule of several division tournaments have been delayed.
The Starkville Yellowjackets are supposed to play the Tupelo Golden Wave tonight for the division title at 7:30 p.m. at the Beehive. If it's postponed, it may be a blessing in disguise.
Starkville's Gavin Ware and Jacolby Mobley are nursing injuries suffered during Tuesday's 56-39 victory over Columbus that makes their availability questionable anyway.
Ware suffered a bruised knee when someone fell on him, while Mobley took a spill and bruised some ribs.
Neither player was expected to practice for the Jackets on Thursday, but coach Greg Carter did not rule out the possibility of them playing against Tupelo.
"They may go," Carter said. "(If they don't), we'll go into it and play with the guys we have."
As far as the status of the tournament, if either school is dismissed today because of poor road conditions, there will be no basketball. If the conditions keep the Golden Wave from traveling, then that will also delay the action one day.
The Jackets (17-6) try to do something for the first time this season and that's beat Tupelo.
In the two previous attempts, Starkville lost a 58-56 decision at home against its division rival from Lee County, then the Jackets lost on the road 73-72 when the Golden Wave threw up a shot at the buzzer that went in.
"We played two close games during the regular season and both times we had a chance to win and couldn't pull it out in the end," Carter said.
Carter said Tupelo features a heavy guard lineup which can be difficult to defend at times.
"They are not very big, but have a lot of guys who can shoot it," Carter said. "They have three or four guys who can shoot it really well. They have a lot of quickness."
Starkville has a chance to defend its division crown even after having some disappointing moments throughout the course of the season.
"Everybody is excited about being in the championship game," Carter said. "We've had a long year with a lot of ups and downs and lost a bunch of close games, but all of that is behind us now."

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