OXFORD -- Porsha Porter, Diamber Johnson, and the rest of the Mississippi State women's basketball team picked the right time Thursday night to play through mistakes quickly. With their lead being tested in the final five minutes, Porter delivered a five-point spurt that provided a cushion and Johnson added the dagger to lead MSU to a 51-46 victory against the University of Mississippi before a crowd of 1,294 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
OXFORD -- The plan didn't include an effort like this, especially in a rivalry game. But University of Mississippi coach Renee Ladner found herself in the awkward position of trying to energize her team Thursday night in its home game against arch-rival Mississippi State. Ladner and Ole Miss never found that spark.
STARKVILLE -- Not having the game of baseball last year changed Nick Brooks' life. On Thursday, that same game paved the way for him to take the next step in a positive way when he signed to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
Porsha Porsha has been one of the most consistent performers for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. Whether it has been darting to the basket, draining 3-pointers, or ballhawking opponents, the senior guard has helped anchor the backcourt with classmate Diamber Johnson. But MSU may need Porter to do more if it is going to realize a goal she still believes is attainable.
OXFORD -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury played the percentages Wednesday night and came out on the wrong end. For the first time this season, the Bulldogs' 14th-year head coach decided to use a 2-3 zone defense. The philosophy was clear, MSU was going to make the University of Mississippi, which entered the game shooting 29.6 percent from 3-point range, to shoot over the top of them to win.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team had No. 18 Mississippi State University right where it wanted it Wednesday night. This time, the Rebels closed the deal. Playing perhaps its most complete game of the year, Ole Miss built an early lead and held on for a 75-68 win at the Tad Smith Coliseum.
OXFORD -- After further review, it's still incredibly difficult to win Southeastern Conference road games. That's at least true for the Mississippi State University men's basketball team. For the first time in four years, MSU players walked away from Tad Smith Coliseum with a sour look on their face after playing the University of Mississippi.
"It's pretty much a done deal." Those were Barrett Donahoe's words this morning when he was asked if he had officially become the new football coach at Heritage Academy.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team has another opportunity to damage the University of Mississippi's hope for a successful season. In the past two seasons, the Bulldogs not only have successfully retained momentum in the rivalry game, but they also have made sure to leave the Rebels in a state of disarray and unable to recover in the following weeks.
Eleven days isn't a lot of time to make progress. But Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith liked what he saw from his team Tuesday night in a 49-41 loss to Tupelo in a Class 6A, Region 1 game at Columbus High School. In the girls game, Kiandria Patterson had 25 points and Maggie Proffitt had 19 to lead the Columbus girls to a 69-41 victory.
Junior forward Cade Lott knew right away where his Heritage Academy boys basketball team's performance Tuesday night ranked this season. "It was the best game we have played all year," Lott said. "Easily. There is no question about it. We played really well." Few in attendance at the Heritage Academy Gym disagreed. Heritage Academy scored the game's first eight points and rolled past Immanuel Christian 65-37. The teams managed a doubleheader split, as the Immanuel Christian girls earned a 51-45 victory in the opener.
Renee Ladner is sticking with the plan. Last week, the University of Mississippi women's basketball coach preached that her team was a "work in progress" and that it was developing confidence and a better understanding of what it needs to do even after a 0-3 start in the Southeastern Conference. Ladner's message hadn't changed Tuesday after the Rebels (12-6, 2-3 SEC) had won their second-straight league game, a 69-55 victory Sunday at the University of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Passing showers Tuesday afternoon didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the Mississippi State University softball team. The Bulldogs worked their way through their initial practice of 2012 inside the MSU Indoor Softball Complex as the first step toward the Feb. 9 season opener against the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., and the debut of new coach Vann Stuedeman.
In the long winding road of a high school basketball season, teams can learn lessons along the way. When Starkville High lost its first two games of the season at the Joe Horne Christmas Classic in Columbus, Carter fell like his team could learn falling twice, while being the state's top-ranked team.
East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White repeatedly points out that there are several more basketball games left in the 2011-12 regular season. In the very next breath, White talks about the extreme importance of the game at hand. The Lions take on No. 17 Northeast Mississippi Community College with the early North Division lead on the line tonight.
STARKVILLE -- The first thing Rick Stansbury said in the preseason that his team has more pieces to work with in the 2011-2012. The queen on Stansbury's hardwood chess board is junior forward Arnett Moultrie because he can play in whatever style of play the opponent wishes.
STARKVILLE -- For much of the 2010-11 season, a familiar refrain prevented the Mississippi State University women's basketball team from finding its rhythm. Stuck between a lack of execution and experience and an inability to care for the basketball, MSU suffered its first losing season since the 2005-06 campaign and took a step back after making the program's first trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2009-10.
There's no denying baseball is Christian Dale's first love. Recent years have seen the Columbus High School junior spend most of his off time playing with travel baseball teams throughout the region in hopes of honing his skills and taking his game to the next level.
STARKVILLE -- When you're part of a bench effort that gets outscored 32-4, you would think there isn't a lot of positives to come from that effort. But Shamia Robinson is trying to make the most of every minute she is on the floor for the Mississippi State University women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson knows what it's like to be targeted. As the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference entering the weekend, the Mississippi State University senior guard has seen her share of defensive attention this season. On Sunday, the No. 19 University of Georgia women's basketball team's game plan was to take Johnson out of the equation and to make everything she attempted difficult.
1. New Hope baseball advances with second 1-0 win over Lewisburg HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Amory completes doubleheader sweep to oust Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Bulldogs take road baseball series from Crimson Tide COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Heritage Academy celebrates district title in tennis HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS