January 14th, 2012
By NATHAN GREGORY
In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, several events will take place Sunday and Monday in Starkville to celebrate his legacy.
The Starkville Academy girls' basketball team got its 20th win of the season Friday night in front of a home crowd.
The Lady Volunteers got to 20 by winning by 20.
Starkville Academy beat the Presbyterian Christian Lady Bobcats 65-45.
It took the Lady Vols one quarter to get comfortable to the intensity level the Lady Bobcats played with.
"I felt like early we both got into the game and they made a run on us," SA head coach Glenn Schmidt said. "We fouled them like crazy. We couldn't catch Trista Magee. She is a pretty good player for them so we fouled her. It took us a minute to adjust."
The Lady Vols took a 14-12 lead into the second quarter. They made sure going into the locker room that it wasn't going to be that close.
The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets showed what a little bit of defensive intensity could do Friday night.
Starkville used a full-court pressure in the first half of the Class 5A, Region 3, District 4 outing and gained control of the situation early on the way to a 60-36 victory over the Yazoo City Lady Indians at the Beehive.
The Lady Jackets, who improved to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the division, gave head coach Kristie Williams exactly what she wanted to start the game.
"We wanted to start out with a great amount of intensity because it was a district game and we hadn't won one yet," Williams said. "We knew we had to go out and play tough against Yazoo because we didn't want to fall 0-3 in the district."
The Starkville Yellowjackets dropped a 50-47 heartbreaker to the Yazoo City Indians Friday night as a 3-point attempt from Steven Brand was off the mark with time expiring.
Starkville had the game in hand with 1 minute remaining only to surrender its four-point lead.
â€śWe had it right where we wanted it with about a minute to play and we just let it slip away,â€ť said SHS head coach Greg Carter whoâ€™s team fell to 14-3. â€śFrom about 45 seconds on, we just couldnâ€™t make a play.Â We didnâ€™t play smart at all. We had some foul calls go against us, but it shouldnâ€™t have come down to that.â€ť
There are no more divisions for Southeastern Conference basketball.
That doesn't mean that today's game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Crimson Tide, old SEC Western Division rivals, is any less important. The game tips at 3 p.m.
The Tide (13-3 overall, 2-0 SEC) enter Humphrey Coliseum riding a five-game win streak and fresh off a 69-53 dismantling of LSU on Wednesday night.
In that outing super sophomore, Trevor Releford, led Alabama with 20 points while Tony Mitchell picked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
By STEVEN NALLEY
For the first time in 10 years, Minnie Fox wonâ€™t be cooking for her own birthday party.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first of a two-part series on two Oktibbeha County schools and their individual performance. Part Two will run in the Sunday edition of Starkville Daily News.
By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
Several of the schools in the Oktibbeha County School District are facing serious pressure this school year to raise state standardized test scores.
Mississippi Department of Education representatives visited the Oktibbeha County School District Board of Trusteesâ€™ regular meeting on Monday and updated the board on the situation at East Oktibbeha County Elementary School and East Oktibbeha County High School. The department has spent the last few months working with the struggling schools to help improve not only test scores but student achievement.