From Staff Reports
MERIDIAN â€“ The last time Starkville faced Meridian prior to Tuesday, the Wildcats ousted the Yellowjackets from the Class 6A State Tournament back in March.
Eight months later, Starkville got a small measure of payback.
Playing at Meridian on Tuesday, the Jackets topped the Wildcats 75-34.
SHS outscored Meridian 37-8 in the first half and never looked back as the Jackets improved their record to 2-0 for the young season.
"We played really well," said Starkville head coach Greg Carter. "We defended well, we rebounded well and we made shots."
Tori Rice led Starkville with 14 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Gavin Ware had 13 points and 7 rebounds for the Jackets.
Lavonte Amos had 12 points for SHS while Jacolby Mobley had eight, Steve Brand had eight and Mike Brand had seven.
Starkville returns to action next Tuesday, hosting Columbus.
MERIDIAN â€“ A bad start turned into a bad night for the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets.
Meridian jumped out to a 17-4 lead and cruised to the win over SHS.
"We got down early and from there, mentally, we weren't there," said Starkville head coach Kristie Williams. "We just couldn't find our way back."
Meridian led 25-10 after the first quarter and 37-14 at the half on the way to victory.
A big reason for the Lady Wildcats' early success was Kayla Gordon, who put up 29 points with 19 of those coming in the first half.
"We just couldn't body (Gordon) up and she took advantage," said Williams.
Brittany Brown led Starkville with 13 points.
Sheneka Townsel scored nine points for the Lady Jackets while Jacqueline Fair recorded eight.
The loss dropped SHS to 1-1 overall for the season.
"Hopefully, this was a growing moment for us, " said Williams.
Starkville plays again next Tuesday, hosting Columbus.