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MADISON â€“ The Starkville High School basketball teams made a huge statement Tuesday night that it was not bothered by the move up to Class 6A this season.
Both the Yellowjackets and Lady Jackets won the Class 6A, Region 3 championships on the road with impressive victories over the Madison Central Jaguars.
The SHS boys came from behind to claim a 71-68 decision over Madison Central, while the Lady Jackets defeated the Lady Jaguars 61-47.
Both squads completed its season sweep over the competition from Madison County.
It was a very satisfying accomplishment for SHS girls coach Kristie Williams and her squad after making the jump to Class 6A.
"It feels good to win the district," Williams said. "We knew Madison Central would be full of energy, especially after we beat them on our floor. We stayed into it and were able to rally through some tough spots and we were determined to the end."
The Lady Jackets improved their records to 16-5 overall and 5-1 in the region.
After securing a 20-17 lead at halftime, Starkville outscored the Lady Jaguars 24-8 in the third quarter to take control of the game. Madison Central scored 22 points to only 17 for the Lady Jackets, but it was not enough to overcome what SHS had done in the previous three frames.
Blair Schaefer poured in 28 points for the Lady Jackets, while Imane Montgomery and Kelsy Jones also scored in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Starkville will wrap up its home schedule on Saturday night and hold senior night festivities when Louisville comes calling.
Madison Central 68
MADISON â€“ The Jackets fell behind the Jaguars 41-31 at halftime, but shook off the adversity to take the victory.
"I was real proud with the way we came back," SHS boys coach Greg Carter said. "We didn't play very well in the first half. We got down by 10 at half and we didn't rebound, didn't defend and we had turnovers. They were just tougher than we were in the first half.
"In the second half, we defended, rebounded, took care of the ball and got stops. Zeb (Rice) hit some shots and (Dontavious) Self was big inside for us."
The Jackets trailed 17-13 after the first quarter and 41-31 at halftime, but cut into the Madison Central advantage by outscoring their host 18-17 in the third quarter and took the lead in the fourth frame with a 22-10 scoring edge.
Self led Starkville in scoring with 20 points, while Rice added 16 points and Raphael Leonard chipped in 10 points.
The Jackets improved their marks to 21-3 overall and 5-1 in the region.
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