LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Willie Cauley-Stein seemed to be emerging from his slump a couple of games ago before slipping back over the next two contests and realizing that he might have been trying too hard. Kentucky's 7-foot sophomore came out more relaxed Tuesday night and produced an impressive effort reminiscent of his dominant first half of the season, one he hopes to perform consistently from now on. Cauley-Stein broke out of his skid with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 18 Kentucky shot 60 percent in the second half for an 80-64 victory against Ole Miss.
"Doormats." Dawn Staley doesn't mince words when she talks about her first season as women's basketball coach at South Carolina in 2008-09.
CALEDONIA -- With eight seniors on his roster, Caledonia High School boys basketball coach Josh Scott tries to convince everyone he has one of the easiest jobs in the state of Mississippi. That experience paid off for Caledonia on Tuesday night, as seniors scored all of the team's points except for the final basket in a 69-54 victory against Noxubee County.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team found its second gear on the second possession of the second half Tuesday night. After battling Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 rival New Hope on near even terms in the first half, West Point had all of the answers in the final half. The Green Wave turned their trapping zone defense into a fast-break layup line on the other end to post a 74-67 victory.
SCOOBA -- Chase Reeves now knows how much playing baseball means to him. The former Hamilton High School standout has spent a majority of the past two baseball seasons on the injured reserved list. Now the East Mississippi Community College sophomore is fully healthy and ready to go.
Effie Morrison wasn't going to let her coaches' words be swallowed in silence.
Mary Nagy isn't afraid to say she didn't know a lot about soccer when she first became New Hope High School girls soccer coach.
STARKVILLE - Rick Ray simply is a big picture type of coach.
SCOOBA -- For East Mississippi Community College softball coach Kyndall White, things are so much easier the second time around.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State senior catcher/infielder Sam Lenahan enjoys being surrounded by talented players.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team will continue to limit its starting pitchers to pitch counts in the opening month of the season for the third-straight season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team had all of the answers Sunday.
STARKVILLE -- Three recruiting targets delivered the news the Mississippi State football coaching staff wanted to hear this weekend. Three days prior to National Signing Day, MSU received verbal commitments from Holmes Community College defensive back Tee Shepard and Clarksdale High School prospects J.T. Gray and Elgton Jenkins.
STARKVILLE --Through his 36-year life, Roy Oswalt has played for many professional teams, but only one label has fit: He's a Weir, Miss., guy.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- One big 3-pointer by Cierra Burdick got the No. 10 Tennessee women's basketball team rolling and Alabama couldn't find any way to slow it down.
Columbus High School named Randal Montgomery its new football coach earlier this month. Montgomery comes to Hazlehurst High School, where he won 43 of 47 games in three seasons and won the 2012 Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 3A state championship. Prior to that, Montgomery spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Velma Jackson High School and Canton High. He will lead the Falcons through spring practice in May and then will look to better last season's 4-7 finish.
STARKVILLE -- Logan Foulks and Alison Owen have played in their fair share of big softball games.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy senior Raheim Robinson knows now is the time for the Volunteers to play with more urgency. "We have to come to practice and really work hard," Robinson said. "It is time to go all out if we are going to make some noise in the tournaments. We have to be better on offense, and we really have to be intense."
WEST POINT -- As he walked to the locker room at halftime, West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox had an astonished look on his face as he peeked at the scoreboard. "I looked up and then told one of my assistants, 'How are we only up by one?' " Cox said.
OXFORD -- For about seven minutes, the Ole Miss men's basketball team played the best it has all season. It couldn't have come at a better time.
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