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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.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers lost a close one Thursday night, falling to Pillow Academy 44-42.
MATHISTON â€“ The East Webster girls baskeball team beat Houlka Thursday night in impressive fashion.
Wolverine sophomore Quantesha Patterson put on a shooting display in the first half with 29 points, giving East Webster a lead of 38-8 at half.
It has been a season to forget to this point for Mississippi State first-year basketball head coach Rick Ray.
Ray and the Bulldogs have had to battle several injuries this season, including injuries to the top returning players.
Shamia Robinson was not slated to get any minutes Thursday night for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
It was a good thing she did.
Robinson logged a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes to lead the MSU women's basketball beat Jacksonville State 69-54 inside Humphrey Coliseum.
The respect that Starkville High School defensive back Jacoby Smith gained from opponents was especially on display in the Class 5A State championship game on Dec. 1.
As the Pascagoula Panthers were trying to move the football against the Yellowjackets, they wanted to keep going to the passing game.
What Pascagoula didn't want to do was challenge Smith.