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Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Ray has come to the conclusion that his team is going to have to win some "ugly basketball games."
The Bulldogs did exactly that Tuesday night.
MSU beat the University of Texas-San Antonio 53-42 inside Humphrey Coliseum.
It's never easy to win a State championship in any sport on the high school level.
When a team was hit with as much adversity as Starkville Yellowjackets were this year, then it's even more amazing to consider what they accomplished in claiming the Class 5A title last Saturday night.
The Starkville High Lady Yellowjackets showed Neshoba Central the sting of defeat Tuesday night.
The Lady Rockets fell 69-48 to give the Lady Jackets a win in their first division game.
PELAHATCHIE â€“ The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers have reached the 10-win mark already this season after defeating East Rankin Academy on the road 59-37 on Tuesday night.
Starkville Academy jumped out to an 18-7 lead after the first quarter and kept that 11-point lead at halftime 29-18.
The Grace Christian School Eagles had a difficult time trying to figure out Starkville Christian's 'Riddle' Tuesday night.
Chris Riddle scored a game-high 19 points as the homestanding Cougars defeated the Eagles 66-25.
After getting 12 points by halftime, Riddle added seven more in the second half, including a successful 3-pointer to end the third quarter that put SCS up 54-20.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs have struggled out of the gate in most of their basketball games away from Humphrey Coliseum this year
The good thing for coach Rick Ray and his team, it returns to Starkville tonight for a non-conference matchup.
Mississippi State (2-5) hosts the University of Texas-San Antonio (3-4) at 7 p.m.
Carolina Berryhill may be hanging up her Starkville Yellowjacket jersey after this season, but it will not be long before she dresses out in a new set of colors.
On Monday, the Lady Jacket soccer player signed a national letter of intent with Jones County Junior College.
The senior is excited about the opportunity to play for the Bobcats and coach Delores Deasley.
JACKSON â€“ When Jamie Mitchell took over the Starkville High School football program three years ago, he was trying to build something special.
He saw the hard work pay off Saturday night.
The Yellowjackets (12-3) beat the Pascagoula Panthers (11-3) 28-11 for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State championship on the campus of Jackson State.
JACKSON â€“ Time after time, it has been said that defense wins championships.
Starkville High did its part to reinforce that adage on Saturday night as the Yellowjackets held the Pascagoula Panthers to 11 points in a 28-11 win and claimed the 5A State championship.
JACKSON â€“ Most high school football teams rely on the running game.
It was no different Saturday night in Starkville's 28-11 victory over Pascagoula in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State championship game.
The Yellowjackets picked up 222 of their 304 total yards on the ground.