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Bulldogs set to open SEC play against Hogs

January 7, 2012

Coach Rick Stansbury enters his 14th Southeastern Conference opener tonight as his 15th-ranked Bulldogs square off against Arkansas.

State carries a 13-2 record into the outing looking for its fourth opening conference win against the 11-3 Razorbacks.

Recent history shows the Bulldogs have learned how to win in Fayetteville, Ark. as the Bulldogs have won three of their last four trips to the Natural State.

However, Stansbury knows that has nothing to do with this year’s matchup.

“Every year's different," Stansbury said. "We take a different team up there; they've got a different team. There's no question, they're better in a lot of ways than they've been, because they've got so many guards that can play.

Sykes excited about Rutgers

January 7, 2012

April is very important for the Rutgers women's basketball program right now.

The Scarlet Knights want to be competing for a national championship in April and they are looking to former East Oktibbeha player April Sykes to get them there.

In her preseason basketball press conference, Rutgers women's coach C. Vivan Stringer made no secret about what the goals were for her team.

"We want to win a national championship," Stringer said. "We say it. We profess it. It's the highest level so why wouldn't we. All things have to be right, but we're not trying to hide. We would like to do that.

Lady Volunteers use defense to win

January 7, 2012

The Hillcrest Christian Lady Cougars got off to a good start against the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers by hitting the first basket of the game Friday night.

After that point, the SA defense only allowed 40 more points to visiting Hillcrest Christian.

The Lady Vols kept the the Lady Cougars in check during a 60-42 victory at home.

Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt was happy to see her squad contest shots.

"(Hillcrest) made some shots after five or six passes and we stopped a couple of things they wanted to do," Schmidt said.

Titans show might in second half to beat Tigers

January 7, 2012

CRAWFORD – The East Oktibbeha Titans were able to show their might in the second half Friday night.

Even though Ethel held its own for the first half in boys basketball action against East Oktibbeha, the Titans dominated in the second half on their way to a 64-50 victory.

The Tigers took a 31-28 lead into the locker room at halftime and East Oktibbeha coach Barnett Robinson lit a fire under his squad during the intermission.

"I told them we just needed to do better than what we were doing," Robinson said. "We were playing very flat at halftime. I told them at halftime we just needed to pick it up, slow down and cut down on our mistakes. Do what we were supposed to do."

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