Armstrong, SHS freshmen boys finding success

Starkville junior high coach Tony Minor visits with his team during a timeout.

Sports Editor

The progression of Starkville junior high boys basketball is going nicely for coach Tony Minor.
With only one loss between his eighth grade and ninth grade teams, Minor likes where the Yellow Jackets stand.
Armstrong's eight grade boys remain undefeated after Thursday night's 45-36 win over Tupelo.

Minor said the key for the Jackets will be to remain focused coming out of the holiday break into the January schedule.

"The main thing we want to do is keep the guys focused, get them to know they can compete on this same level the next game and make sure everyone is on the same page," Minor said.

Players like Connor Rogers, Johnathan Baker and Anjuan Higginbotham give Minor a versatile roster of eighth grades to use.

"We've got slashers," Minor said. "We've got rebounders. We've got bigs and guards that can shoot. When you've got a team like that, it's going to be hard to beat. I'm glad I'm on that side."

It's much of the same for the SHS freshmen as the players show their athletic ability often on the floor.

It was on display Thursday night when the Jackets defeated the Golden Wave 60-55.

The victory was satisfying for Minor as Tupelo was the only team to have beaten Starkville's freshmen so far this season.

"The Tupelo freshman team is a pretty good team," Minor said. "We played them there and they beat us. The only thing we needed to do (Thursday night) was come out and play hard. We worked on a couple of things and the guys executed what we've been working on and down the stretch."

Lekendrick Harris and Jarius Jordan have been the main point producers for the freshmen Jackets.

Harris had 24 points and Jordan added 16 points before leaving the game due to what appeared to be a wrist injury.

Injuries have been a little bit of a concern for Minor's ninth graders, but he hopes the upcoming break after today's tournament in Louisville will help in the healing process.

"We were down two of our good players and hopefully we get them back," Minor said. "Hopefully we get a chance to bounce back. It's a good thing we have the Christmas break and the guys have a chance to rest up and come back injury free."

Minor said it should never be a surprise to see athletic ability shine on the Armstrong and Starkville squads.

"Starkville is the home of the athletes," Minor said. "We have plenty of athletes and we try to rotate them around so everybody can get a little bit of playing time. These guys work hard in the offseason. We put a lot of time in during the summer. When it comes to basketball season, it pays off."