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The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets saved their best defense for overtime.
Starkville shut out the H.W. Byers Lady Bears in the extra frame to win a 51-47 decision at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Christmas Tournament.
After Byers rallied from a 47-40 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime, the Lady Jackets had the only four points in overtime.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. â€“ The Mississippi State offense has been thrown back into the fire in the first three bowl practices at Rhodes College.
The Bulldogs are gearing up for a clash with the Rice Owls (10-3), who won Conference USA in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Tuesday. MSU (6-6) arrived in Memphis on Thursday and have gotten three practices in.
There was no questioning that Starkville showed up to ready to play on day two of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump tournament.
After day one of competition saw the Yellowjackets defeat Parkview on Thursday, they posted a convincing 51-18 victory over Lausanne Collegiate from Memphis on Friday.
What brings a team from Pittsburgh down to Starkville?
For Mt. Lebanon head coach Joe David, it is all about the competition his team has the opportunity to face.
It is not just about out of state talent this week at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Tournament.
Lining up right alongside teams from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania are a handful of Magnolia State teams.
On Friday, a pair of those teams tipped off in a tightly-contested battle which saw the Aberdeen Bulldogs secure a 57-47 victory over the Trojans of New Hope.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Ââ€“ Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen understands how lucky and blessed he is.
He was reminded of that on Friday when his team went to St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital as part of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl events.
There have been two neutral court meetings between the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets and New Hope Lady Trojans.
Neither have gone Starkville's way.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Ââ€“ There wasnâ€™t much time for the Mississippi State Bulldogs to celebrate Christmas.
A day after one of the biggest holidays in the country, the Bulldogs arrived at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Eliminating turnovers and playing solid defense helped the Starkville Yellowjackets defeat Parkview from Ark., 63-52.
â€śAll of them understood how good that team was,â€ť Starkville coach Greg Carter said. â€śThey are a highly ranked team, but at the same time, if we go in and take care of all the details we need to, we knew we could win.â€ť
It's not surprising that a group of Bulldogs are very comfortable playing at Humphrey Coliseum.
This is the third year that the Aberdeen Bulldogs have participated in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Christmas Tournament and they benefitted from that on Thursday.