From Staff Reports
COLUMBUS – The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers held their own in Tuesday night's Class AAA-North Conference against Rachel Hollivay and the Heritage Academy Patriots in a 52-48 road loss.
In what Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt called probably the best game out of her team this year, she was proud of several aspects of the game.
"This is a tough league to grow up in, but they never lost their intensity," Schmidt said. "I'm proud of all our kids."
Hollivay, who did not play in the October matchup between the two teams in Starkville, scored 25 points and pulled down five rebounds.
Sallie Kate Richardson, a freshman for the Lady Vols, was given the assignment of defending and scoring against Hollivay. Schmidt said her post player "was not intimidated" and did a good job against her. Richardson had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Anna Prestridge had 11 points and seven rebounds from her point guard position for SA, while Anna Lea Little added nine points and three rebounds and Nora Kathryn Carroll chipped in seven points and four rebounds.
Schmidt credited the play of Carroll, another freshman, with her defense against Heritage guard ChristiBeth Nelson, who was held to 11 points. She had 26 points in the earlier meeting on Starkville.
Julianne Jackson came off the bench and provided what Schmidt called "five big rebounds" for the Lady Vols. Lauren Atwell, Brittany Jacks and April Burney also contribute valuable minutes off the bench for SA.
The Lady Vols, who fell to 12-10 overall and 3-4 in the conference, travel to Lamar School in non-conference action on Saturday.
Heritage Academy 59,
Starkville Academy 39
COLUMBUS – A lead after the first half for the Volunteers didn't stand as they lost a conference game to the Patriots.
Even though Starkville Academy couldn't continue to build on a 29-23 advantage at the half, head boys coach Chris Lyle saw some positive things out of his squad.
"I was proud of the effort in the first half," Lyle said. "We've just got to put two halves together."
Jon Michael Robinson scored 14 points, all in the first half, while Adam Crittenden was the other Vol in double figures with 11. J. R. Gerhart contributed eight points.
Cole Walker and Cade Lott had 17 points each for Heritage Academy.
Starkville Academy (5-13, 1-6) also plays at Lamar School on Saturday.