Jacolby Mobley (24) takes a shot for Starkville Tuesday night. (Photo by Lee Adams, SDN)
Jacolby Mobley's all around game was just what the Starkville Yellowjackets needed Tuesday night.
Not only did Mobley score a team-high 26 points, but he also chipped in four assists, two blocks and a steal.
Mobley's performance propelled the Jackets to a 94-49 trouncing of the Louisville Wildcats.
"He played real well," said Starkville head coach Greg Carter. "He made shots and got it to the basket. When he's driving it to the basket like he was tonight and finishing, it makes it that much harder to guard his jump shot. It's hard to stay in front of him anyway but when he's getting to the basket the way he was tonight, he's hard to deal with."
The Jackets (5-0) appeared to start a little slow offensively but with the Wildcats (2-6) doubling up on Gavin Ware, Mobley took control.
"Them doubling Gavin makes it easier for us," said Mobley. "It opened lanes and when we go in the lane, they don't want to come off Gavin so we were open to get layups."
Mobley feels he played a good game but appeared to hurt himself a bit during a dunk attempt in the third quarter.
"On that dunk, I kind of hurt myself and took a little toll out of me but i got right back up and started playing," said Mobley. "I believe I played well but I could have played better."
Louisville came in with a gameplan to stop Ware and held him scoreless for several minutes, but he was still able to put up 23 points, including four huge dunks on the Wildcats. Even though their plan was to stop Ware, Louisville head coach Hilute Hudson knew Mobley could burn them.
"As good as both those guys are, it's pick your poison," said Hudson. "If we put our thing on stopping Mobley, Gavin goes off, so when you play a team like that that has two players, you have to pick which one kills you that night and we chose to stop Gavin and Mobley got us."
Mixed with Mobley and Ware's points, Steve Brand added 15 points for the Jackets as they cruised to the win. The win puts keeps them undefeated and still at No. 1 in the state.
"I thought we played pretty well," said Carter. "There were some spurts during the game where they actually played better than us, but for the most part we got high percentage shots, we got to the basket with layups and dunks and made some threes."
Even though they are ranked tops in the state, Carter said, "Nobody remembers who was first this time last year, it's about who is first at the end of the year."
As for the Lady Jackets, they picked up a win over the Lady Wildcats, but the final score could be deceiving.
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The Lady Wildcats (3-5) trailed by 20 points at one time in the game, but switching to a full-court press defense, they fought their way back within five points, prompting Starkville girl's coach Kristie Williams to call a time out.
"I had my seniors on the floor and I told them this is your house, protect your house," said Williams during that timeout. "We have been stressing that our defensive intensity had to pick up and we needed to go out this game with that fire and it showed late in the game."
Louisville head coach Hudson feels his girls came out "loafing" and when they made their run he said "it was too little, too late."
The Lady Jackets (2-2) were lead by Brittany Brown who finished with 26 points and overall.
Williams feels her team played well since they haven't played a game in almost 14 days.
"For the first game back after a long break for Thanksgiving, I give us a B-plus," said Williams. "As a coach, I still see those turnovers and things like that we could have minimized and just little small things we can work on, but overall I think we played with a lot of grit and hustle tonight."