Turnovers, missed free throws hamper SHS girls in Murrah loss

Staff Writer

One win away from the state title game, critical turnovers and missed free throws ended the Starkville girls’ season on Wednesday.
The Lady Yellowjackets got a dominant performance from Kelsey Jones, but Starkville’s mistakes were too much to overcome in a gut-wrenching 44-42 loss to Murrah in the Class 6A semifinals at the Mississippi Coliseum.
Despite the SHS miscues, Starkville led by five points with under 5 minutes to go before Murrah closed the contest on a 9-2 run to move on to the finals against Callaway. The Lady Mustangs took the lead for good with just 50 seconds left when Melissa Creese got a steal and basket as SHS was inbounding the ball.
“Basketball is a funny game,” Starkville girls head coach Kristie Williams said. “You’re up five or six points and a team can turn the tables on you, get a quick turnover and now you’re down two or three. That’s where we found ourselves (Wednesday). It was a battle on both sides. We were basket for basket on both ends of the floor. It came down to that last little hustle play and Murrah was able to get it.”
For more on the Lady Jackets, see the recap by Starkville Daily News sports writer Joel Coleman in Thursday's edition.