SENATOBIA – While participating in the Magnolia Heights Tournament, the Starkville Academy Volunteers knocked off Class 5A public school Hernando 44-42.
“(It was a) big win for us and for our confidence,” Starkville Academy boys coach Mark Alexander said. “We had a slow start, but picked it up during the second half.”
After the first two periods, Hernando was on top by four as the team carried a 22-18
lead into the locker room.
The Volunteers took control during the second half as they led 35-28 heading into the final 8 minutes of play.
The game was tied at 42 with 11 seconds to play as Brandon Sharp stepped to the
charity stripe. Sharp was perfect in his attempt to give Starkville Academy the lead and victory.
Carnail Minor led the Volunteers with 17 points, going 5-for-8 from behind the arc. Brandon Lane was the second leading scorer as he provided 10 points after coming off the bench.
“Anytime Carnail hits his shots, it gets our team going," Alexander said. "Brandon Lane coming off the bench giving us points was huge.”
Starkville Academy’s win places it in the championship game where they face Magnolia Heights.
Starkville Academy 62,
Kirk Academy 28
SENATOBIA – Once again the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers did not get any resistance from an opponent as they took control of the game early against Kirk Academy at the Magnolia Heights Tournament.
The Lady Vols, who improved to 19-0, led 17-2 after the first quarter and never looked back to eventually win.
Starkville Academy shot 55.3 percent (26-of-47) from the field and out-rebounded Kirk 28-16. The Lady Vols also had 20 steals as a team and scored an amazing 48 points in the paint.
Tiffany Huddleston led SA in scoring with 15 points, while Anna Lea Little followed with 14 points and Maggie Proffitt added 13 points. Huddleston had eight steals.
The Lady Vols play SBEC at 6 p.m. today.