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COLUMBUS â€“ It's easier for players of any sport to understand why they have to practice certain things when it makes a difference in winning or losing games.
On Friday afternoon at the Joe Horne Christmas Classic in Columbus, the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets saw just how important free throws were.
When it has come to offense this season, the Mississippi State women's basketball team is writing its own book.
The Bulldogs entered Friday night's game averaging 76.6 points per outing. They got to 77 points with 15:52 remaining in the ballgame.
Over the years, the Joe Horne Christmas Classic in Columbus has blossomed into one of the top tournaments in the area.
That growth is much in part to the work of Columbus High coach Sammy Smith and his staff who started working many months ago to get this yearâ€™s tournament ready.
In the first two "big tests" for Mississippi State, they didn't answer the bell like Rick Ray would have liked.
That was not the story Thursday night.
The Bulldogs knocked off the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 66-53 inside Humphrey Coliseum in front of 5,902 fans.
"I thought this was a really good win for our ball club against a really quality opponent," MSU head coach Rick Ray said.
Savannah Carter never backs down from a challenge.
Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer usually puts Carter, defensively, on the best offensive player from the other team.
Carter and the Bulldogs will see a talented point guard tonight when the Southeastern Louisiana Lions invade Humphrey Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game.
When Geoff Collins looks at the film of the Rice offense, he sees a similarity to what he sees on a week-to-week basis.
The Mississippi State defensive coordinator was very complimentarily of the Owls' offense, a Conference USA squad.
"They have Southeastern Conference players," Collins said matter-of-factly after Thursday night's practice.
Travis Outlaw may be busy playing basketball on the West Coast right now, but it didn't stop him from continuing the theme of giving back to his community.
Kristie Williams says her Starkville Lady Yellowjackets team is really starting to come together.
â€śWe are starting to gel more as a team and that is great because everybody knows Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery, but we also have other players who are willing to step up and do their part,â€ť Williams said. â€śSometimes they donâ€™t have the same notoriety, but they work just as hard.â€ť
Mississippi State's Tyson Cunningham has fond memories of the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Classic.
While playing for coach Sammy Smith at Columbus High School, Cunningham remembers the fun atmosphere that was created for basketball this time of the year.
Starkville High School quarterback Princeton Jones was rewarded for the progress he made last season as he was recognized as the Quarterback of the Year in Class 6A, Region 2.
With all of the talent that can be found at quarterback in the region, coach Jamie Mitchell of the Jackets was happy that Jones was considered the best.