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It was quite an impressive three days of basketball for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers.
The way they took care of business at the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Classic was especially noteworthy and worth the short drive over to Columbus to see.
After handling Noxubee County 75-31 on Friday, Starkville Academy came back with another strong effort on Saturday to defeat Provine 80-56.
COLUMBUS â€“ The Starkville Yellowjackets were able to play three decent quarters of basketball against Holt, Ala., on Saturday afternoon at the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.
When the game consists of four quarters, only showing up for three isn't good enough for the Jackets right now.
Many Mississippi State fans know quite a bit about the players on the field, but know little about the Bulldogs off the field.
For instance, punter Baker Swedenberg plays in a band.
Junior starting quarterback Tyler Russell spends most of his free time in the woods usually in a tree stand.
Mississippi State freshman guard Fred Thomas was celebrating a State championship the last time he was in the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
The 6-foot-5, 191-pound Jackson native poured in 24 points and hit the game winning 3-point shot to lead Jim Hill to a 76-74 win over Tupelo and the Class 6A State championship.
COLUMBUS â€“ The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers stepped out of the norm and entered public school competition as they competed in the 16th annual Joe Horne Christmas Invitational.
On Friday, the Lady Volunteers picked up a convincing 75-31 victory over the Noxubee County Tigerettes.
COLUMBUS â€“ The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets have already played some pretty good teams during the pre-Christmas part of the basketball season.
Meridian and Columbus are two squads that have made it difficult on Starkville.
On Friday afternoon, they faced perhaps the best.
COLUMBUS â€“ The Joe Horne Christmas Invitational was not so kind to the Starkville Yellowjackets as they lost Fridayâ€™s game to Noxubee County.
In what Jacketsâ€™ coach Greg Carter called a â€śbig rivalryâ€ť game, the two teams appeared evenly matched throughout the majority of the game, until the final moments of competition in which the Tigers posted 28 points to walk away victorious 82-64.
There will be two Louisiana-Lafayette football players with Starkville connections participating in today's New Orleans Bowl.
Strong safety Le'Marcus Gibson played with Starkville High School through his sophomore year before transferring to Harrison Central, while defensive end Chris Prater is a redshirt freshman with the Ragin Cajuns.
December is usually a time to relax and enjoy the holidays, but for a few of the areaâ€™s basketball teams, it is a time to challenge itself as it begins action in the 16th annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers have developed a bond and when someone in the circle hurts, they all do.
One particular Lady Volunteer was playing with a heavy heart against Pillow Academy Thursday night as sophomore forward Janiece Pigg lost her father Jason earlier in the day.