It's not easy to enjoy the success the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers are having right now.
Starkville Academy continued to roll towards perfection with a 71-43 win over Jackson Prep Friday night to improve to an impressive 31-0.
No small feat as anybody who follows sports knows. To keep your focus every game and get the best from everyone is no easy task, but the Lady Vols continue to impress as the fundamentals and team aspect shows up each game.
SA began the game with an excellent display of fundamentals as it outscored Jackson Prep 20-9.
“Our defense got us going and we started strong early,” Lady Vols coach Glen Schmidt said. “We shot so well (Friday) and we are tough when both are going.”
Team play continued into the second period. After a combined scoring effort, Starkville Academy carried a 40-15 lead into the halftime break. Maggie Proffitt had 19 points by halftime.
Offensively, things slowed down slightly during the third period as the Lady Vols only posted 13. Jackson Prep tacked on nine as Starkville Academy held a 53-24 lead heading into the final period.
Jackson Prep outscored the Lady Vols for the first time all game in the fourth period. However, the 19 points posted by the Lady Patriots was not enough as Starkville Academy scored 18 to secure victory.
Proffitt led the Lady Vols with 35 points and eight assists, followed by Nora Kathryn Carroll with 12 points. Starkville Academy had 19 assists and shot 59.3 percent as a team, while only allowing the Lady Patriots to shoot 29.6 percent as a team.
Ann Hilton Buckner led the Patriots in scoring with 15 points.
Starkville Academy travels to North Pontotoc today for the Robertson Sportswear Classic against Memphis Home School at 2 p.m.
Jackson Prep 57
Starkville Academy 41
Things started much tighter between the Starkville Academy and Jackson Prep in boys action.
Unable to contain the Patriots' Josh Williams, the Vols lost the contest.
“I was very proud of my guys,” Starkville Academy coach Mark Alexander said.
“(In the) third quarter, Prep’s size and depth took over, but that happens when you play the top team in the state.”
With both teams scoring in the single digits, it was anybody's game after the first 8 minutes. Still, Jackson Prep clung to a slim lead over the Volunteers as the score stood 9-7.
The Patriots extended their lead slightly as the game neared halftime. With Starkville Academy posting 11 points, the Patriots put up 15 to lead 24-18 at the break.
Things did not fair much better for the Vols following the mid-game rest.
The Patriots turn up the full court pressure in the third quarter as the Volunteers turned the ball over and after being outscored by 10, Starkville Academy trailed 41-25 heading into the home stretch.
Scoring was neck and neck during the final moments. With both teams posting 16, the Volunteers were never able to surmount the Patriot scoring as they fell at home.
Carnail Minor led the way for the Vols with 12 points with teammate Brandon Sharp right behind him with 10.
Williams led the Patriots with 24 points.
Starkville Academy saw its record fall to 14-13.
Next up for the Volunteers is a Tuesday matchup against Heritage at home.