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February 17th, 2015
COLUMBUS â€“ It had been four years since the West Oktibbeha Lady Timberwolves had advanced past the region tournament of the postseason.
They made sure it would happen this season.
West Oktibbeha used a 12-0 run in the first quarter to take control of the game against the rival East Oktibbeha Lady Titans and went on to win 73-14 in a game that ended early due to fighting.
It's hard to believe that high school postseason basketball has arrived.
With several region tournaments started on Tuesday, area teams are trying to do what it takes to advance to their respective North and South State Tournaments next week.
The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets have enjoyed an outstanding season up to this point and has been somewhat surprising to some.
After losing key guards Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery, it wasn't clear what kind of year the Lady Jackets could expect.
Starkville ended up winning 21 of 25 regular season games and swept through Class 6A, Region 3 undefeated at 6-0.
There is no place like home.Â
Sure taking road trips with your teams may be fun and allows for team bonding, but when it comes to taking the court in front of the hometown crowd, it simply can't be beat.
Starkville High School will get to enjoy that luxuryÂ tonightÂ as the Class 6A, Region 3 tournament gets underway.
The first round of the Class 2A, Region 4 basketball tournament hosted by East Webster was postponed on Monday due to weather and travel concerns.
The bracket was adjusted to a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday format.
No. 4 seed Bruce takes on No. 5 East Webster in boys action tonight at 7:15 p.m., while the No. 4 Okolona girls play No. 5 Bruce at 6 p.m.
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray won't hesitate to board an airplane again.
It may be a different story for his players.
On the way back from a road win at Missouri Saturday, the Bulldogs had to make an emergency landing in St. Louis, Mo., after an engine in their two-engine plane stopped working.
The plane landed fine and no one was hurt.
Starkville High School bowing coach Jim Philamlee got exactly what he wanted out of his team Saturday.
If he had a request, it would have been that the boys and girls teams finish in the top two in Class II North Region so it could both so to state.
That mission was accomplished on Saturday at Depot Lanes in Phiadelphia.
The Florida Gators had upset on their minds Sunday afternoon.
In the second half, the No. 13 Mississippi State Bulldogs crushed those hopes for Florida.
Breanna Richardson put up 10 points in the first half and helped keep the Bulldogs in the game. They went on to defeat the Gators 75-62.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs saw the runs stack up high over the weekend.
With that, the wins came also.
No. 20 MSU capped off opening weekend with a 16-7 victory over Cincinnati Sunday at Dudy Noble Field to open the season 4-0.
The Bulldogs had 15 hits and scored in four innings on a cold day for baseball.
Starting off strong has been a thorn in the side of Mississippi State's softball team thus far in the season.
On Sunday, it finally caught up with the Bulldogs as they dropped a 4-3 game to Illinois.