Hard work rewarded: SHS Lady Jackets claim fifth state title

The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets lift the state championship trophy Saturday.
Staff Writer

For the fifth time in school history, the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets are state champions.

SHS knocked off Murrah 46-27 on Saturday at Mississippi Coliseum to secure back-to-back titles. It was the first win in the championship game since 1992, as the Lady Jackets were awarded last year’s state championship when Olive Branch was found to have played an ineligible player. Starkville also won titles in 1968 and 1970.

Head coach Kristie Williams has been a part of all three state championships at SHS as a player in 1992 and the head coach the last two seasons.

“It’s a tremendous honor because I know how hard my staff and I have pushed the girls,” Williams said. “We’ve been going since last summer all the way up to this moment. It takes a lot, but I’m just really pleased and thankful. It’s a blessing to have this gold ball.”

Starkville (28-2) finished the season with 11-straight wins, three of which came against the Lady Mustangs down the stretch. Their two losses were to Murrah and Class 3A State champion Choctaw Central this season.
It also moved Williams’ team to 60-2 overall the last two seasons.

Kirsten Thompson finished the game for the Lady Jackets with 21 points and seven rebounds and was selected the games Most Valuable Player as well as the Scholar Athlete of the Game with the best overall GPA and highest ACT score between the two teams.