Smith on Sports

Danny P. Smith

There was enough March Madness to go around in Starkville over the weekend.

Saturday provided enough to last an entire month for people who follow hoops in this city.

When the afternoon began at Humphrey Coliseum, the Mississippi State Bulldogs were celebrating senior day for men's basketball as the final regular season game had Quinndary Weatherspoon and Aric Holman putting on the maroon and white jersey for the final time in front of a the home crowd.

Weatherspoon and Holman along with walk-on J.T. Gray and several managers were recognized in a special ceremony prior to tipoff then the Bulldogs went out and took care of business against the Texas A&M Aggies.

Behind the combined 36 points from Weatherspoon and Holman, MSU defeated Texas A&M 92-81 to secure its 22nd victory of the season, a 10-8 Southeastern Conference record and the No. 6 seed in this week's SEC Tournament.

The Bulldogs have worked very hard to get into the position they are in and it will be interesting to see what kind of run they make in the postseason.

Later on Saturday, the MSU women continued their path through to the SEC Tournament finals with a 71-56 win over Missouri. The Bulldogs avenged their only loss in the league during the regular season and punched their ticket to the championship game in the process.

MSU met surprising Arkansas in Sunday's title outing and had no problem capturing the trophy with a 101-70 victory.

That wasn't the first piece of hardware given out to a Starkville-based team during the weekend.

Back to Saturday, the Starkville High School Yellow Jackets ventured to Jackson to seek the fourth state championship in boys basketball.

The Jackets held a 29-1 record, but knew that the Meridian Wildcats would provide a stiff test in the championship game. SHS won a 60-59 decision over Meridian in the second game of the season way back in November.

The state title contest turned out to be one of runs as the Jackets jumped out to a lead, but the Wildcats came back to make it close on several occasions.

Starkville would not be denied into the late hours of Saturday night as it defeated Meridian 61-46 at the Mississippi Coliseum.

It was another fine job by coach Greg Carter, his staff and the Jackets.

Winning championships is not an easy thing to do, but Starkville has shown once again what hard work and determination can achieve on the court.

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.

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