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.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking to secure a few uncommitted prospects to complete a quiet and relatively uneventful final month before National Signing Day.
As her teammates jumped in unison in front of her, goalkeeper Mackenzie Harvey stood and watched. When the ruckus quieted down, Harvey pounced and wrapped junior teammate Effie Morrison in a bear hug. She then danced on her left foot and joined in the history-making celebration.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Slow down the game by using up as much of the shot clock each possession as possible or playing zone on defense, the Vanderbilt Commodores are willing to do whatever it takes. Now they're starting to string together some victories.
Thanks to a talk with coach Vic Schaefer, Ketara Chapel intends to make the most of her opportunities.
STARKVILLE -- Patric Young gave Gavin Ware a lesson on what it means to be a big man in a power conference Thursday night. Despite being listed as 22 pounds lighter than Mississippi State's sophomore center, Florida's senior center scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked three shots to lead the No. 3 Florida men's basketball team to a 62-51 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.
CALEDONIA -- Eli in the Middle works just fine for the Caledonia High School boys soccer team. The only thing is it took the Confederates a little longer than usual Thursday night before they could put their sophomore goalkeeper in the center of their postgame huddle/celebration.
Nothing against Oxford, but if the New Hope High School girls soccer team had its choice of opponents, it would love to face Ridgeland in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association North State playoffs.
Brad Atkins has said before he would much rather prefer competing in road races or triathlons than help organize and run them. But Atkins is willing to invest the time to help put together an event if it brings people to the area and creates competitive opportunities for runners and others to develop healthy habits.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Denson, KT Harrell, and the Auburn men's basketball team don't have to talk about the streak any more. Denson scored a career-high 32 points, Harrell added 23 and Auburn snapped a 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a 74-55 victory against Alabama on Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan likes the development of Mississippi State's program. Donovan is 3-0 against MSU second-year coach Rick Ray, but his team struggled for about 25 minutes en route to a 62-51 victory Thursday night. The margin of victory was significantly less than last season, when Florida beat MSU by an average of 30 points in its two meetings.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team couldn't make a halftime lead stand up Thursday night, falling on the road to No. 14 LSU 65-56 in a Southeastern Conference game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
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.
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