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January 10th, 2012
Starkville's Jacolby Mobley stole the show in the Beehive Tuesday evening.
Mobley stung the Aberdeen Bulldogs for 35 points in route to the Yellowjacketsâ 94â61 win.
Starkville (14-2) entered the showdown with the top team in 3A basketball without Gavin Ware, who did not play due to a coaching decision, leaving the Jackets searching for players to step up in his absence.
âI knew everybody was going to need to step up and do a little bit more of everything,â said Starkville boys coach Greg Carter. âI needed them to step up and help with not just scoring but rebounding, defending, helping in the post, helping on drivesâ¦just a little bit of everything.Â I thought everybody did that tonight.Â It was a total team effort defensively.â
COLUMBUS â The Starkville Lady Volunteers ventured across the Tombigbee River Tuesday night and head coach Glenn Schmidt was hoping they would take their good shooting with them.
It didn't take long for Schmidt to find out the answer to that question.
The Lady Volunteers scored the first 10 points of the game and went on to defeat the Heritage Lady Patriots 67-42.
"When you are shooting like that, you are running and able to rebound, that sets a tone for the game," Schmidt said. "You have to take the offense on the road. We hit the outside shots, but I was surprised that we got so many."
ACKERMAN â The East Webster High School girls' basketball team used a strong second half Tuesday night to slip by Ackerman.
The Lady Wolverines overcame being down at halftime to beat the Lady Indians 62-52.
Ackerman led 33-31 at the intermission, but East Webster head coach Mandy Fondren inspired her team in the locker room to get the victory.
"I just asked what's the first thing it takes to win and they said 'a good attitude,'" Fondren said of what went on in the locker room at half. "We talked about that. We made a few adjustments on our transition defense and we talked about our new defense and we were going to attack the second half defensively and they came out with good attitudes and they came out ready to win."
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â The Arkansas Razorback press and red-hot shooting proved to be too much for No. 15 Mississippi State Saturday night.
The Bulldogs went on the road and learned a valuable lesson â it is hard to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference, falling 98â88.
Dee Bost broke out of his recent slump playing well yet again inside Bud Walton Arena and freshman DeVille Smith added a career-high 25 points, but they were overshadowed by Arkansas (12-3, 1-0) junior Julysses Nobles who turned in a career-high 24 points and freshman B.J. Young had another outstanding night with 24 points of his own.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. âÂ â¨It's something that many athletes go through at certain times of their careers.â¨They struggle, search, question, and pick a part each and every aspect of their game trying to get rid of it. Baseball players deal with it.Â Receivers experience it.
On Saturday night, Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost broke out of his slump.
Entering the matchup with Arkansas, Bost was not playing up to his usual standards, averaging 7.3 points over the past three games while shooting just 21.5 percent. He struggled with few assists and simply wasnât getting to the foul line with just four attempts.
Mississippi State's Diamber Johnson was feeling "the pain of regret" after Thursday night's 53-48 loss to LSU.
The senior point guard of the Lady Bulldogs had scored a season-low six points in that game and knew it wasn't good enough to be able to compete in the Southeastern Conference.
MSU, which stands 10-4 overall after dropping its first league outing, gets another chance today at 11th-ranked Kentucky. The tip is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by SportSouth.
"Sometimes it takes losses like (LSU) to make you realize how badly you need to work on things," Johnson said.
It will be a show of unity today as the Starkville High School football team attends the funeral of teammate Devin Mitchell.
The service for Mitchell will be held at Calvary Baptist Church this afternoon in Starkville and SHS football coach Jamie Mitchell said the team will honor the families wishes and come as a team.
The Yellowjackets will also be wearing black jerseys at the request of Devin's mother because that's what he will be buried in.
Jamie Mitchell said the team will bus from the SHS athletic complex to the service because it's important for them to be together during this time.
The offensive woes of the Starkville Academy boys' basketball team continued Saturday night.
Lamar School out-dueled the Volunteers 41-33 at the Starkville Academy Gymnasium.
The Volunteers were coming off a 19-point performance against Hilcrest on Friday night.
SA boys coach Mark Alexander wishes his offense stepped up a bit more.
"We played OK," Alexander said. "We were dismal on offense and just dismal. We couldn't hit a shot. Same thing last night. We had 19 points last night and (33) tonight. You do the math. Eight quarters of basketball and you add that up that's not very good. We can't buy a basket."
Coach Rick Stansbury enters his 14th Southeastern Conference opener tonight as his 15th-ranked Bulldogs square off against Arkansas.
State carries a 13-2 record into the outing looking for its fourth opening conference win against the 11-3 Razorbacks.
Recent history shows the Bulldogs have learned how to win in Fayetteville, Ark. as the Bulldogs have won three of their last four trips to the Natural State.
However, Stansbury knows that has nothing to do with this yearâs matchup.
âEvery year's different," Stansbury said. "We take a different team up there; they've got a different team. There's no question, they're better in a lot of ways than they've been, because they've got so many guards that can play.
April is very important for the Rutgers women's basketball program right now.
The Scarlet Knights want to be competing for a national championship in April and they are looking to former East Oktibbeha player April Sykes to get them there.
In her preseason basketball press conference, Rutgers women's coach C. Vivan Stringer made no secret about what the goals were for her team.
"We want to win a national championship," Stringer said. "We say it. We profess it. It's the highest level so why wouldn't we. All things have to be right, but we're not trying to hide. We would like to do that.