March 14th, 2015
JACKSON â€“ If you know Quantesha Patterson or have ever been around her, you know how quiet she is off the court.
However, put a basketball in her hands and her demeanor turns into a scoring machine and Saturday when her team needed her the most, Patterson reminded everyone just how loud she can be.
After seeing the bullpen blow a lead in game one, Mississippi State head coach John Cohen was looking for someone to throw strikes in game two.
Austin Sexton did just that.
The sophomore right hander tossed his first-career complete game, as the No. 16 Bulldogs beat Alabama 4-1 in game two of a doubleheader to even series.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs left the door open during the course of the Southeastern Conference softball game with No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon.
As the day got later and later, that door became wider and wider. The Aggies eventually went through it.
What appeared at times to be MSU's third-straight softball victory over a ranked opponent did not end that way.
The Starkville High School and Madison Central boys basketball teams have played against each other three times this season and six times over the last two years.
"We know each other real well," SHS coach Greg Carter said. "That's a lot of games so this has turned into quite an interesting rivalry."
The stakes have never been higher than the seventh meeting of that span tonight.
Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter didn't have any problem going to a senior while he was hot.
That was the case on Thursday night in the third quarter when the Yellowjackets needed some instant scoring against the Meridian Wildcats.
This is it.
Everything the East Webster Wolverines have worked for culminates today when they take the basketball court at Mississippi Coliseum and tip off against West Tallahatchie for the Class 2A State Championship.
Many people were happy with the move the Southeastern Conference made Thursday.
It was announced that Greg Sankey will be the new Commissioner of the league when Mike Slive steps down on July 31.
Alexis Silkwood pitched her ninth complete game of the season for the Mississippi State softball team on Friday night, but she gave the defense an assist on the accomplishment.
Even though the Bulldogs were able to get a 7-0 victory over the 19th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies, Silkwood said the shutout would not have been possible without the play of the defense behind her.
JACKSON â€“ Never get comfortable.
Starkville proved that Saturday during the Class 6A semifinal game. While leading the entire game, the Jackets never could shake the Meridian Wildcats, who came charging back in the final minutes.Â
Though it got close, the Tigers were never able to get over the hump as Starkville walked away with a 53-47 victory.
Mississippi State entered last Tuesday with a record of 13-0.
Since then, the Bulldogs have lost four out of six, including losses to Arkansas Pine-Bluff, San Diego and Western Kentucky.
The No. 16 Bulldogs look to put all that behind them today as they start Southeastern Conference play with a three-game home series against Alabama.