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January 28th, 2015
ACKERMAN â€“ Action started early during the Bullock Toyota Mid-Mississippi Classic at Choctaw County High School and from the first tip there was no slack in quality competition.
â€śOverall, it was a good tournament full of close games and good crowds,â€ť Choctaw County coach Gary Beals said. â€śIt was a good turnout to see some good basketball.â€ť
Football is king in the state of Mississippi, and the two Southeastern Conference schools sit on the throne.
Ole Miss currently sits higher than Mississippi State after winning the Egg Bowl this past November, but now it's time for football to take a back seat to basketball.
Not all rivalries are created equal.
There are some that have developed over the years and have become more and more intense.
The amount of importance of a rivalry really depends on what part of the country it's located.
For the states of Mississippi and Alabama, there's a reason the in-state rivalries among the Southeastern Conference programs are so popular.
It was one of those situations Tuesday where the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets were facing a team for the third time this season.
The Starkville Yellowjackets wear warm-ups before each game that have the saying â€śdefend and rebound,â€ť and that is exactly what they did in the second half against the West Point Green Wave Tuesday night.
Tyson Carter led the way with 16 points to help pace the Jackets over the Green Wave by the score of 60-50.
EUPORA â€“ East Webster and Eupora share more than just a close location and the color maroon.
Put the two schools on the basketball court and strong talent will be showcased.
On Tuesday night in girls basketball, that was exactly what happened as the Lady Eagles and Lady Wolverines took it to the wire before East Webster secured the 52-46 victory.
COLUMBUS â€“ The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers didn't let a first-half deficit distract them from going on the road for a victory against rival Heritage Academy Monday night.
Despite falling behind 27-20 at halftime, the Lady Vols rallied to defeat the Lady Patriots 49-46.
It's all about the process for Johnthan Banks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers are learning how to win with coach Lovie Smith and Banks is trying to do what he can to bring success back to Tampa Bay.
Banks understands what it takes to win because he did that at Mississippi State and East Webster High School.
It is not enough to win a single big game. For the Starkville Yellowjackets, the key is to do it regularly.
"It feels good to know you are capable of winning big, but as a coach, you know it is all about doing it on a consistent basis," SHS boys coach Greg Carter said. "You can't do it this game or that game. We are still working on that."
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray ventured a guess that the Bulldogs are the only team in the nation to have their starting backcourt sidelined to start the season because of back surgeries.
He's probably right.
Both Craig Sword and I.J. Ready had back surgeries before the season started and weren't ready when the Bulldogs opened the 2014-15 slate in November.