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January 8th, 2013
MATHISTON â€“ The familiarity of playing a rivals proved beneficial for the East Webster Lady Wolverines Tuesday night.
The Lady Wolverines were able to pick up a 48-26 victory over the Ackerman Lady Indians at its home court at the former Wood Junior College gymnasium.
In Rick Ray's first year as the head coach of the Mississippi State basketball team, he hasn't caught many breaks.
There have been injuries, players suspended and a loss to a Southwestern Athletic Conference school.
Mississippi State's Jerica James is beginning to get the point.
The sophomore earned her sixth start of the season, the first in Southeastern Conference play for the Bulldogs and played 36 minutes in a 60-46 loss to South Carolina last Sunday.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team have had its fair share of ups and downs this season.
The non-conference portion of the schedule has taught head coach Rick Ray and the Bulldogs several things.
MSU has dropped an embarrassing 59-57 loss to Alabama A&M at home on Dec. 30, 2012. The Bulldogs then rebounded with dominating 97-46 win over New Orleans last Thursday.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team ranked last in the Southeastern Conference in scoring offense at 60.5 points going into Sunday's matchup against South Carolina.
The 46 points put up by the Bulldogs against the Gamecocks won't help that standing.
MSU lost a 60-46 decision at Humphrey Coliseum and fell to 0-2 in the league.
Mississippi State's football season started so promising, but when all was said and done it was a tailspin.
The Bulldogs opened the season 7-0 with victories over Southeastern Conference opponents Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.
It's amazing to consider that Texas A&M went into the season in August not knowing who the starting quarterback was going to be.
At that time, nobody knew what Johnny Manziel could do.
Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin decided to give Manziel a chance and that seemed to work out pretty well.
It wasn't the type of beginning the Starkville Academy Volunteers wanted to Saturday afternoon's game against Lamar School.
However, the finish was pretty good.
After falling behind their visitors 9-1 early, the Vols shook themselves and rallied for a 52-43 victory at home.
It didn't take long for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers to knock off the rust of the Christmas break.
The Lady Vols were off and rolling again by defeating the Lamar School Lady Raiders 74-36 at home Saturday.
Facing a tough basketball team, Starkville Academy coach Glenn Schmidt is proud of the way her team performed.
It's difficult to win basketball games when shots aren't falling.
The Starkville Christian Cougars learned that lesson the hard way Friday night.
Starkville Christian's 33-25 lead at halftime could have been much more, then found out it wasn't enough as the Tupelo Christian Academy Crusaders rallied for a 59-52 win at the Cougar Cave.
The Cougars were outscored 34-19 in the second half.