Williams gets SHS back to Final Four of state tournament

SHS coach Kristie Williams, right, and staff
Staff Writer

It was no secret how important a rematch with Olive Branch was to coach Kristie Williams and the Starkville High School Lady Yellowjackets.
If the Lady Jackets were once again going to reach Jackson and make a run in the Class 6A State Tournament, they were going to have to defeat the Lady Conquistadors.
Starkville lost to Olive Branch 76-68 at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Tournament in December and there was some thought at that time that the teams would meet again in March.
That meeting did happen when the Lady Jackets won the Class 6A, Region 3 Tournament and got a home first round state tournament game at home against the Lady Conquistadors.
Starkville used a fast start and beat Olive Branch 76-54 to punch its ticket to Jackson for the second-straight season.
“Beating Olive Branch was one of our highlights,” Williams said. “That was one of those games at that point of the season where it was No. 1 against No. 2 in the state. That was a highly-watched game and one everyone was anticipating. It was a game that someone was not going to be able to move on and continue on in the playoffs. We were able to get  that game at home and the good crowd support helped us out. We had a tremendous game that night.”
For more about Williams, the Starkville Daily News High School Girls Coach of the Year, see the story by Danny P. Smith in Sunday's newspaper.