COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Freshman Alaina Coates doesn't see No. 7 South Carolina's front line as unstoppable, even if few Southeastern Conference opponents have figured out how to handle the Gamecocks underneath the boards.
STARKVILLE -- The two things Mississippi State never wants to see consistently in a opponent's defense is constant pressure that backs into a zone look.
Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has never been one to make plans last minute.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Bratton worked as part of a fast-paced, high-energy college baseball coaching staff a season ago.
WEST POINT - Greg Carter wants the third quarter his team played Tuesday night to show them how effective they can be if they're intense on the defensive end.
On "Retro 70s" night, the Heritage Academy basketball teams turned back the clock, wearing uniforms from the 1970s and public address music from that time period was played as well.
STARKVILLE - Two distinctly different directions could be taken by the Mississippi State football program with its open assistant coaching position.
STARKVILLE -- Maturity, growth, learning.
STARKVILLE --The Southeastern Conference is satisfied with how Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray handled the aftermath of an incident Saturday involving Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior basketball player Richard Evans feels a lot of familiarity when he looks around the court.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off its ninth NCAA College World Series trip, the Mississippi State baseball program was ranked in the top 10 in Baseball America and Perfect Game's preseason polls, each organization announced Monday.
JACKSON -- Ben Williams knows about the hard knocks of football and the pressure athletes put on themselves to compete, even with injuries. For those reasons, he's supporting a proposed Mississippi law that would require public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition. A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered.
VICKSBURG -- The New Hope High School girls soccer team didn't have to go to overtime this year.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team likely won't settle its positional battles until Opening Day. That doesn't seem to both MSU coach John Cohen, who plans to use the first month of the season will determine playing time at shortstop, catcher, right and left field and at pitcher.
STARKVILLE -- Savannah Carter is learning how important she is to the Mississippi State women's basketball team. When she is sitting on the bench next to Vic Schaefer, MSU is without its spark and struggles to create offense from its defense. Things are drastically different when Carter is on the floor.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray issued an apology Sunday afternoon for his interaction with Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson near the end of his team's 82-63 loss at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama women's basketball team used a 19-4 run in the final eight minutes Sunday to beat Georgia 69-66 at Foster Auditorium.
Mercedes Mattix loves to run. Whether it is the 100, 200, or 400 meters, Mattix has made her mark as one of the state's top sprinters. But Mattix also loves to ball. Whether it is flying up and down the court in a fast break or hawking the ball in pressure defense, the New Hope High School senior has made herself into more than just a sprinter who plays basketball.
Missed shots don't bother Brad Cox. The West Point High School boys basketball coach is more concerned about the process his players take to get those shots. That's why Cox couldn't help but clap when he saw Juan Davis drive the middle of the New Hope High defense Friday night and kick to the ball to his right. Davis' penetration created a wide-open look for Trey Williams on the right wing, but the 3-pointer missed. Still, Cox applauded his team's efforts and knew execution like that was going to pay dividends.
Repetition is the word for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Coming off an 87-85 overtime loss to Ole Miss on Thursday in which coach Vic Schaefer blamed himself for not getting his team home down the stretch, the Bulldogs spent the past two days working on execution in late-game situations. MSU re-visited the play calls from the huddle at the end of regulation and at the end of overtime that gave the Bulldogs a chance to beat the Rebels but didn't work. Schaefer then had his players watch those situations on film before they took the court for practice in an attempt to understand exactly how to get the best possible shot.
1. Mississippi State falls hard in SEC matchup at Georgia COLLEGE SPORTS
2. West Point stands tall in battle of state champions HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU Notebook: Fitzgerald endures tough return home COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Columbus celebrates Homecoming with overtime win HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope takes Lowndes County rivalry matchup HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS