Possession soccer works best when you can provide the exclamation point. The Ridgeland High School girls soccer team's ability to turn its pressure into goals is one reason why the program has won five state titles in the past six years.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys soccer team's first trip to the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs stalled at home Saturday against a tenacious Madison Central team. The Jaguars (19-2-3) outhustled the Yellow Jackets (16-2-1) to a goal in each half and weathered Starkville's attempts to creep back into the game to earn a 2-0 victory.
CALEDONIA -- For much of Caledonia High School boys soccer team's playoff match against New Albany on Saturday, the offsides trap worked to perfection. New Albany failed to finish the handful of times it beat the trap.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team continued its undefeated status at home this season with a 70-46 victory against LSU in front of a sell-out crowd at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team has shown the ability to play the way coach Sharon Fanning-Otis wants. Now the Lady Bulldogs have to put two halves together.
STARKVILLE -- Dee Bost might be missing some teeth. He has found his legs, though. The junior, playing with his front teeth glued together after taking an elbow to the face earlier in the week, scored 24 points as the Mississippi State men's basketball team beat No. 24 Florida 71-64 on Saturday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.
OXFORD -- Brian Williams scored 18 points and Scotty Hopson had 16 Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Tennessee men's basketball team to a 74-57 victory against the University of Mississippi at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury didn't get the result he wanted Thursday, but he was happy to see his team play better. MSU improved its rebounding, raised its bench production, and saw leading scorer Ravern Johnson snap out of a scoring funk with 19 points.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After playing its best first half of the season, the Mississippi State women's basketball team couldn't duplicate that feat and fell victim to an 18-0 run that buoyed the No. 5 University of Tennessee to an 81-55 Southeastern Conference victory Thursday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Erica Shepherd had plenty of possible outs.
One Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science soccer team might have a little more motivation than the other Thursday night in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A-2A-3A playoff openers. But both teams played with equal amounts of intensity, which is why they earned the right to keep their seasons alive.
The combination of Alex Ramos and Christian Silva proved to be a little too much for the New Hope High School boys soccer team to contain Thursday night. Silva had two goals, while Ramos had a goal and two assists to lift Hernando to a 3-2 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game.
STARKVILLE -- Unlike most of his senior teammates, Jaquez Johnson's college football future remains uncertain. The Starkville High School quarterback has seen his college recruitment move at a slower pace than expected following a breakout year in which he scored 31 touchdowns.
STARKVILLE -- Soccer teams from Laurel to DeSoto and from Vicksburg to Columbus will join local teams at the Sportsplex at Lynn Lane on Saturday and Sunday for the Third Annual Frostbite Challenge Tournament for Division II teams in the state of Mississippi.
GOODMAN -- Sophomore guard Deonte Alexander nailed a game-winning buzzer-beater from beyond halfcourt Thursday night to give the No. 15 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team a 68-67 victory against Holmes C.C. at Frank Branch Coliseum.
OXFORD -- After committing just five turnovers in the first half, the University of Mississipi women's basketball team turned the ball over 18 times in the second half and went on to lose to No. 17 Kentucky 74-68 Thursday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior Tierney Jenkins and freshman Kaneisha Horn combined for 35 points, but it wasn't enough as the University of Alabama women's basketball team fell to Florida 70-64 Thursday night at the O'Connell Center.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury didn't get the result he wanted Thursday, but he was happy to see his team play better. MSU improved its rebounding, raised its bench production and saw leading scorer Ravern Johnson snap out of a scoring funk with 19 points against No. 19 Vanderbilt. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, an eight-point second half lead was wasted before falling to their second-straight defeat, 81-74.
Pat Summitt knows what it means to be tough. Growing up, Summitt was bloodied, knocked down, battered and bruised playing basketball with her three older brothers. The lessons Summitt learned -- "You can't be a sissy and play this game" -- steeled her resolve and have helped her become the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, men or women, in any division.
It's crunch time for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. MSU will play host to No. 19 Vanderbilt tonight on ESPN2.
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