East Oktibbeha County High School girls basketball coach Pam Roberts feels like her team is peaking at the right time. Fresh off a Class 1A-Region 5 championship and an opening-round playoff win against Piney Woods, East Oktibbeha will resume its postseason quest at 4 p.m. today against Pelahatchie at Stringer High in the South State quarterfinals.
There aren't many coaches who know winning like Pat Summitt. In the rarefied air of all-time wins (men's and women's), the University of Tennessee coach leads the pack with more than 1,089 victories, and is followed by Duke University men's coach Mike Krzyzewski, former Indiana University and Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight, and former University of Texas women's coach Jody Conradt.
When East Mississippi Community College sophomore Curtis Hall saw an opening, he decided to make the most of his opportunity. Inserted into the starting lineup in the fourth game of the season, Hall has flourished, as have the Lions. The former West Point High School standout's defensive presence is a big reason why the Lions are on a 14-game winning streak, which is the third longest streak in junior college basketball.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Anthony Hickey made only 2 of 7 shots for four points in regulation against the Mississippi State University men's basketball team, setting him up nicely to deal the Bulldogs a stunning blow in the final seconds of overtime. Hickey hit a driving floater in the paint with 1.4 seconds left in the extra session, lifting LSU to a 69-67 victory against the Bulldogs on Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team sent a message to the rest of the teams in Class 5A that the slow-down offense won't work against it. Starkville built a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and rolled to a 77-33 victory against Lake Cormorant on Tuesday in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament.
WEST POINT -- On Valentine's Day, there was hardly any love in the West Point High School gymnasium. Between the lines, the visiting Provine High School boys basketball team defeated West Point 67-48 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association first-round Class 5A North State tournament game. While there was an intense, physical nature to the game, an equally compelling storyline was the passion in the stands, which forced play to be halted three times, including once after a fight in the visitors section.
Cody Crawford wanted the ball in his hands. One game after being the focus of attention in a box-and-one defense, the West Lowndes High School standout relished an opportunity with 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation to win a game. Crawford just didn't know he would get that chance at the free-throw line a little more than a second later.
The future begins today. Yandell Harris believes the Heritage Academy girls basketball team can challenge for the top spot in the North Half. For the Lady Patriots to accomplish that goal, Harris said his players will have to learn from a 40-23 loss to Hillcrest Christian on Tuesday in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II tournament in Columbus.
The Starkville High School girls basketball season ended Tuesday with a 62-59 loss at Center Hill in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Playing the University of Alabama men's basketball team without its two biggest standouts, the No. 14 University of Florida had no problem making up for its missing players. Patric Young took advantage of the Crimson Tide's suspension-depleted frontcourt with 19 points and the Gators won 61-52 Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE - Gavin Ware knows what it is like to sit on the bench and watch his teammates try to win playoff games without him. The Starkville High senior center is using the helpless feeling he endured last year after he suffered a severe knee injury before the beginning of the Class 6A postseason.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe this is the best situation for the Mississippi State University women's basketball team. Last season, the Lady Bulldogs regrouped from three months of ups and downs to play their best basketball. Even though MSU only went 5-5 in the final two months, it showed positive building blocks en route to a 13-17 finish.
SCOOBA - It took an extra session, but the 19th-ranked East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team extended its current winning streak to 14 consecutive games with a 68-64 overtime home triumph over Meridian Community College Monday night at EMCC's Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Wade Goodman admits he demands a lot from his players. A year ago, the teamwork and selflessness Goodman asks of his Pickens Academy girls basketball team were tough to adjust to. The transition from Alabama Independent School Association Class AA champion in 2010 to rebuilding team in 2011 was difficult enough.
WEST POINT -- Most high school basketball coaches have a general idea who will be their leading scorer on most nights. West Point High boys basketball coach Brad Cox is not in that group.
Angela Reynolds knew about Kiandria Patterson and Maggie Proffitt. The Northwest Rankin High School girls basketball coach didn't know the rest of the players on the Columbus High team had improved so much.
STARKVILLE - Ben Bracewell's comeback from labrum surgery will be completed with the redshirt sophomore getting the opening day pitching start Friday night. Mississippi State's right-handed pitcher will be the first to take the mound in the 2012 season when the Bulldogs open up with the first of a three-game series against Washington State at 6 p.m. Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Following the most disappointing performance of the 2011-12 season, Mississippi State Rick Stansbury knew exactly where to turn to steady the locker room. The 14-year head coach went straight to his senior point guard that happens to be a co-captain on this Bulldogs squad in Dee Bost.
JACKSON -- The West Point High School girls basketball team's run came to an end too soon. If not for having to play against Oxford High and Jackson Lanier, the top two teams in the state in Class 5A, coach Murray Woody feels his team still would be alive.
The fact that the Columbus High School boys basketball team has a chance means everything to coach Sammy Smith. While so many other teams have collected uniforms and put the basketballs away for the season, Columbus has a chance at 7 tonight against Jackson Jim Hill in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State tournament simply because it has a chance.
1. Starkville beats Callaway; Kemper County edges Noxubee County HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. No. 1 Alabama loses Harris in shutout of Kent State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Non-conference schedule has right mix for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Winona Christian's ground game edges Oak Hill Academy's passing game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS