After going without a field goal in the opening minutes Saturday night, the Columbus High School girls basketball team found its rhythm at the free-throw line. Eleven of the Lady Falcons' first 19 points came at the charity stripe before guard Kiandria Patterson took over to lead Columbus to a 64-38 victory against Lawrence County on Saturday on the second day of the 15th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic.
MABEN -- One of the most difficult plays to complete in basketball is a three-point play when a team makes a free throw, misses a free throw, secures the rebounds, and scores on the putback. When the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team completed the rare feat three times in the first half Saturday night, New Hope had to feel it may not be its night.
The Starkville High School girls basketball team didn't have an answer for one of the best front-court players in the state of Mississippi on Saturday afternoon. Junior Jazmine Spears scored 24 points to lead New Albany to a 45-42 victory against Starkville on the second day of the Joe Horne Christmas Classic at Columbus High.
Softball has been a part of Lauren Holifield's life ever since she can remember. She watched her mother, Connie Sharpe, coach at Caledonia High School and play the sport. She also grew up seeing her sister, Tori Harris, play for New Hope High and imagined the day she would wear the black and gold and help the program build on its tradition.
Tabitha Beard has found the perfect phrase: As long as you're doing something you love, it never will get old. She smiles when asked if being coach of the New Hope High School softball program gets old, especially on the heels of the slow-pitch team's fifth consecutive state title in October. The title pushed the program's number of championships to 14.
HATTIESBURG -- Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy would have preferred that Neil Watson cut the fast break short, milking some clock in the final minute of a tight game against in-state rival Mississippi. The precocious point guard had other ideas. Watson flipped a pass to Torye Pelham, who was streaking down the lane and finished with a powerful, one-handed jam that sealed Southern Miss' 86-82 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.
DETROIT -- Arnett Moultrie and the No. 17 Mississippi State men' basketball team kept cool when it mattered most in their first true road game of the season. Hood made the go-ahead basket with 17.7 seconds to play and Moultrie added a big blocked shot seconds later to help MSU beat Detroit 80-75 for its 10th straight victory.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant hopes she can keep the feeling. As shooters go, the Mississippi State freshman looks the part. She steps into her shots and has solid form and follow through to hit nothing but the bottom of the net from 3-point range.
Maggie Proffitt let the rock fly from beyond the 3-point line all night long. The junior Columbus High School girls basketball guard drained eight 3-pointers Friday night as the Lady Falcons routed Wingfield High School 63-26 in their first game of the 15th Annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.
The Columbus High School boys basketball team used a quick-paced offense and high-pressure defense to prevail Friday night. The Falcons held off Lawrence County High School 68-46 in the 15th Annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.
Starkville High girls basketball coach Kristie Williams continues to preach to her team the need to play for four quarters. When the Lady Jackets learn that lesson, the victories may indeed pile up.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team had just about everything working for the first 5 minutes, 38 seconds Friday night against Southern Mississippi.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sports fans will have an opportunity to relive some of the memories of the Lions' national championship football season this weekend with the airing of a half-hour special on WCBI-TV and My MS.
STARKVILLE --Mississippi State's football schedule for next season is now complete. After a six-month search to find a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, MSU officials announced Friday afternoon a one-game contract to play Middle Tennessee State University at Davis Wade Stadium on Oct. 20.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen knew his freshman quarterback would be exhausted, so after the open scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium Friday night, he didn't need statistics to prove the important result. The Mississippi State football coach knew Dak Prescott had survived the most work behind center in his early college career.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has already faced many unique challenges in the early part of the men's basketball season. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) have already suffered a disappointing upset loss at home, won a tournament at Madison Square Garden, won games without key players and now have a new task. MSU must now figure out a way to win its first road game of the 2011-12 season.
The New Hope High School Trojans ousted the Caledonia High School Feds 76-64 Thursday night improving their record to 5-3. The Lady Trojans also came away with a victory beating the Lady Feds 49-29, improving their record to 10-0.
The "Twelve Days of Christmas" can mean several things to several people. However, for area high school basketball fans, it can mean plenty of quality matchups on the hardwood.
STARKVILLE -- Lack of depth is the result of trying to replace a pair of senior safeties that played nearly every defensive snap during a season. So it wasn't surprising to hear Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen admit that his team will be "a little young" in the back two members of the Bulldogs secondary.
For the first time ever, East Mississippi Community College can now boast a national Player of the Year in football. Less than a month after leading the Lions to a first-ever national championship, freshman quarterback Bo Wallace was named National Offensive Player of the Year by the NJCAA Thursday afternoon.
1. Stevens' work in summer pays off in college offers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Former Bulldog Sirmones shot and killed in Tennessee COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Running backs have chance to shine for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Starkville High's Gay accepts invitation to All-American Bowl HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Coaches excited to kick season off at jamboree HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS