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January 8th, 2013
The Starkville Academy girls basketball program experienced a first on Tuesday.
When the Lady Volunteers became ranked in the Clarion Ledger Super 10 girls poll, it was not only the first time SA had become a part of the rankings, but it's also the first time any private school squad has entered the listing.
It may not have been a perfect game for the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets in the first game of 2013 Tuesday night, but it was pretty good.
The Lady Jackets jumped out to a 25-9 lead after the first quarter against the visiting Aberdeen Lady Bulldogs and went on to secure a 66-29 victory at home.
The Starkville High School boys' basketball team gave itself plenty of opportunities to win, but when it was all said and done, it didn't capitalize.
The Yellowjackets dropped a 54-51 final to Aberdeen inside the Beehive.
"We had too many turnovers," SHS head coach Greg Carter said.
The Jackets turned the ball over 16 times, but shot 55 percent from the field.
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.