From Staff Reports
FLOWOOD – The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers came up just short in their bid to advance at the Class AAA state tournament, losing to Jackson Prep 60-57 on Tuesday night.
The tournament is being played on the Jackson Prep campus.
"Our kids did everything possibly to win the game," Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt said. "We competed well against a Prep team on their home court which has a 26-6 record now and started four seniors."
The game ended in an unusual fashion as Schmidt attempted to call a timeout twice late, but was not granted by the official in either situation.
"It was a tough way to end it, but we're not going to make excuses," Schmidt said.
The Lady Volunteers, which saw their final record fall to 19-14, shot 42 percent from the field (21 of 49) and made 5 of 7 shots from the free-throw line.
Jackson Prep was on the charity stripe 26 times and made 18 of the attempts count. It shot 54 percent from the field (20 of 37).
Anna Lea Little was the leading scorer and rebounder for Starkville Academy with 19 points and seven boards, while Anna Prestridge also scored in double digits with 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Julianne Jackson contributed seven points and five rebounds, Nora Kathryn Carroll had six points and two rebounds, and Sallie Kate Richardson added five points and three rebounds.
Presbyterian Christian 61,
Starkville Academy 45
FLOWOOD – The Vols couldn't battle back from a sluggish start and saw their season come to an end.
Starkville Academy (9-20) got into a 22-9 hole after the first quarter and trailed 41-25 at halftime.
"They actually came out playing a different style and they got out and ran," said Vols coach Chris Lyle. "They had two guys get hot and we didn't play very good defense. We did compete at a high level, but didn't shoot it very well."
Starkville Academy out-scored Presbyterian Christian 9-6 in the third quarter, but ended up playing PCS even for the entire second half 20-20.
Austin Kinard led the Vols with 15 points, while J.R. Gerhart added 14 points and Adam Crittenden chipped in 10 points.
Jon Michael Robinson may have scored only seven points for SA, but gave the kind of effort Lyle is looking for in his program.
"He has been dedicated to be a team player," Lyle said. "He played most of the second half with four fouls and exemplified the type of commitment, effort and heart that we want."
Lyle said players like Robinson, Kyle Lomen, Zachary Gerhart, Hunter Bolin and others are going to be vital to the cause as the Vols go into the offseason.