Starkville Academy basketball teams lose to Tishomingo County

Staff Writer

Playing teams like Tishomingo County in the Mississippi High School Activities Association should make the Starkville Academy Volunteers tougher.

Starkville Academy basketball coach Bruce Allsup hopes that's what happened on Thursday night.

Despite the Lady Vols losing a 53-39 decision to the Lady Braves, Allsup saw his team improve against a very difficult opponent.

"They are a great team and beat the No. 3 team in the state Tuesday night in Kossuth," Allsup said. "They've got a fine ball club and nothing to be ashamed of (in losing to them). We've played Pillow and this team back-to-back. We scheduled some really tough games early to see where we are, what we've got to work on and get better.

"From that standpoint, I think we got better. We've got to learn how to be mentally tough and physically tough. These kind of games help us get there."

Starkville Academy was able to tie the game twice in the first quarter with scores by Mary Peyton Passons and Caroline Wood, but Tishomingo County moved out to a 15-8 lead after the first quarter.

The Lady Braves took as much as a 13-point advantage at 21-8 in the second quarter and led 31-20 at halftime.

"We just couldn't get in the flow, but they had a lot to do with it because their defensive pressure dictated what we couldn't do," Allsup said. "I thought we were able to come out in the second half and were able to do some things better."

After the Lady Vols went down by 14 points early in the third quarter, they went on a 6-0 run to trim the margin to eight at 34-26 on baskets by Wood, Passons and Lilee Alpe.

That was as close as Starkville Academy got the rest of the way as Tishomingo County took a 44-30 advantage after the third quarter and won by that same 14-point difference.

Passons, who was the top scorer for the Lady Vols with 11 points, said the team is looking for a little chemistry.

"We've been struggling a little bit with our defense because we lost our two main post players," Passons said. "I think it's just trying to get everyone to work together as a team because we've never had this group and have a lot of young girls so it's difficult, but I think we'll get there."

Boys Game
Tishomingo County 62,
Starkville Academy 31

The visiting Braves turned a close game in the first half into a comfortable victory.

Tylor Latham scored eight of his nine points for the Vols in the first quarter as the score was tied 14-14.

With the loss, Starkville Academy's record evened at 1-1.

The junior varsity teams split as the boys won a 47-31 decision behind George Delp's 16 points and Graham Stevens' 13 points. The Lady Vols lost 28-19 and had five points each from Fallon Parker, Marin Shy and Morgan Peaster.