JACKSON – It was a tale of two halves for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers Friday night.
Starkville Academy outscored Jackson Academy 21-12 in the first half, but had the tables turned on it in the second half being outscored 23-12 and that was the difference as it lost a 35-33 decision on the road.
The Lady Vols only shot 29 percent from the field, including 25 percent from 3-point range.
"We just didn't shoot well," Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt said. "We held them to 35 points, but we could only get 33. They just played better defense than we did, but we'll learn from it and move forward."
In the loss, Sallie Kate Richardson had a double-double for the Lady Vols with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Julianne Jackson was next in the scoring column with six points.
Starkville Academy, which fell to 29-5 overall, play Magnolia Heights in the first round of the AAA State Tournament on Wednesday. The tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Heritage Academy in Columbus.
Jackson Academy 50,
Starkville Academy 44
JACKSON – Jackson Academy started both halves out strong as it defeated the Vols on its home floor.
After leading 12-5 at the end of the first quarter, JA saw Starkville Academy close the gap to 22-18 at halftime before regaining control by outscoring its visitors 17-11 in the third quarter.
Austin Kinard led the Vols with 15 points and Jon Michael Robinson also scored in double digits with 11 points.
The Vols play Washiington School in the first round of the AAA State Tournament on Wednesday at Heritage Academy in Columbus. The game is set to begin at 5:15 p.m.