SHS opens Class 6A, Region 3 play at home

Donsha Lee is expected to start for the Starkville Lady Yellow Jackets on Friday against Northwest Rankin.

Staff Writer

It has been a while since the Starkville High School basketball teams have hosted games inside the Beehive.

Even though the Yellow Jackets had games in Starkville at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump, it still wasn't the same as having competition at the gym on their campus.

Starkville hasn't done that since the school held the one-day Thanksgiving Classic way back on Nov. 24.

The Jackets return to the friendly confines of the Beehive Friday night and open Class 6A, Region 3 play against Northwest Rankin.

"It will be good to be playing back at home," SHS boys coach Greg Carter said. "It's been a while since we've had a home game. It's going to be good to get back into familiar surroundings."

It has been a good start of the season for the Jackets with their 13-1 record.

After winning the first nine games, SHS suffered its only loss against Tupelo 57-55 at the All-America Classic. The Jackets have come back to take five-straight victories, all in tournament settings.

"We started out the season really hot and for some reason, we hit a little bump in the road where we weren't playing really well, but we're back on the right track now and playing well," Carter said. "I hope we can keep it up and ride this wave through January and February."

Carter said the district should be competitive for SHS, especially when it comes to facing Murrah and Madison Central on the road.

Jamarrion Brown, Ed'Zerick Cook, Jamarvis Phillips, Tyler Talley and Terry Tate are expected to get the start tonight for the Jackets.

Like the boys, the SHS girls have won their last five games.

The biggest one to get in that stretch for Starkville was beating Olive Branch 57-54 at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump.

Outside of opening the season with a loss to Pontotoc and dropping a pair to Columbus, the Lady Jackets have had some good moments on the way to a 9-3 mark.

SHS girls coach Kristie Williams believes her team has cleaned up its game after making early turnovers that hampered progress at times.

"We're just looking forward to the games we have left in our schedule," Williams said. "We played some quality teams in the first half and we know now that we are in district play, we're going to have some tough competition down the stretch to close out the rest of the season."

Williams said Northwest Rankin will give the Lady Jackets different looks on defense with some zone and some man-to-man.

The anticipated starting lineup for SHS will be Amaya Ford, Donsha Lee, Jalisa Outlaw, Amaria Strong and Idalis Suell.

A boys junior varsity game will begin the action Friday night at 5 p.m. with varsity girls at 6 p.m .and varsity boys to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.