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.
STARKVILLE -- Noa Katherine Hardin can't help herself. Maybe it is the fact she is a red head. Maybe it is her love for the game of soccer. It also could the combination of both of those factors. Regardless of the reason, Hardin smiles when asked what it is about her that makes her a "firecracker" when she is on the field playing soccer.
OXFORD -- Rick Ray needed just three words to describe the Mississippi State men's basketball team's trip to Tad Smith Coliseum on Saturday night. "We didn't compete," Ray said with his head down.
OXFORD -- Rick Ray finally had enough Saturday. With 16 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the game, the MSU second-year men's basketball coach looked down his bench and was desperate to find five players who wanted to play with effort at Ole Miss. He said he wasn't trying to send a message when he substituted his five starters, but it may have been interpreted as one in an 82-63 loss at Tad Smith Coliseum.
OXFORD -- The next play. It sounds simple to be able to put a bad play or consecutive mistakes behind you. Truth be told, Kenyotta Jenkins wouldn't have been able to do that a year ago. The old Jenkins likely would have put her head down after being picked on by an opponent and let her play affect her performance and the play of her teammates. If that was still the case, Matt Insell still would be looking for his first Southeastern Conference victory.
OXFORD -- Vic Schaefer took one for the team Thursday night. The Mississippi State second-year women's basketball coach accepted the blame for not putting his squad in position to close a victory against archrival Ole Miss. Leading by as many as 11 points in the second half and by seven with a little more than four minutes left in regulation, MSU couldn't deliver the knockout blow and allowed Kenyotta Jenkins to score on an offensive rebound putback with 0.8 seconds to go in overtime that gave Ole Miss an 87-85 victory before a crowd of 1,107 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray knows he can toss the game film of his team's victory against Ole Miss earlier this month in the trash. Ray will have to devise a new game plan because senior guard Marshall Henderson will be back for the Rebels when the teams face off at 3 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Tad Smith Coliseum.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Daisha Simmons wanted to make sure the Alabama women's basketball team had a good shot on its last possession.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 6 Florida men's basketball team was limping into halftime of a close game when Michael Frazier II nailed a 3-pointer and a foul shot.
HAMILTON -- Jordyn Jackson realized as a sophomore she had work to do if she was going to realize her dream of playing softball in college.
In coaching circles, first impressions are always important.
CALEDONIA -- The numbers point to a bright future for Caleb Brown.
MACON -- Sammy Lindsey has six-plus years of stories to tell about Blake Rigdon.
Wednesday was a day of celebration at New Hope High School.
STARKVILLE -- Tyson Cunningham had the most significant two-minute stretch of his college basketball career Wednesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off one of his team's best efforts of the season Thursday, Vic Schaefer never imagined he would have returned from Texas on Sunday with a "limp."
CALEDONIA -- McKellar Fishel won the award for the best potential Vine in the Golden Triangle on Tuesday night.
Randal Montgomery has never been one to back down from a challenge.
Matt Insell was raised in a positive home.
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