STARKVILLE -- Basketball fans saw Saturday night what Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has been seeing from Jesse Little every day in practice. Little, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center, scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a 52-33 victory against Restoration (Ala.) High in the final game of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump at Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Harrison Central girls basketball coach Nancy Ladner felt like her team's game against Starkville on Friday could swing in its direction with a little more attention to detail.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore center Kelsey Jones admits she didn't know what to expect when the girls basketball team started practice for this season without Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery.
The body language is different this season for Shemar Johnson and Terryonte Thomas.
Demyis Mayberry admits he was nervous Saturday night. It didn't show. Mayberry, a senior guard for the New Hope High School boys basketball team, stepped to the free-throw line in the final game of the 18th-annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational with his team trailing Columbus by one point with eight seconds remaining. Mayberry had two shots to give the Trojans a one-point lead. Mayberry did just that, and eight seconds later, a last-second shot by Columbus clanged off the rim to give New Hope a 70-69 win to cap the annual tournament.
The Columbus High School boys basketball team showed Friday night how good it can be. Jay Jay Swanigan had 14 points to lead a group of 11 Falcons that scored in a 63-39 victory against Marion (Ark.) on Friday night in the final game of day one of the 18th-annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational at Columbus High.
"Lady Trojan habits" helped make Laura Lee Holman the softball and basketball player she was at New Hope High School. Holman used hard work, a will to win, and relentless energy to earn an opportunity to play Division I basketball at Troy.
Potential is written all over Kelsey Jones. At 6-foot-2, the Starkville High School sophomore center has nimble footwork, a good shooting touch around the basket, and a solid understanding of angles and how to position herself to give her the best chance to make a shot.
The West Lowndes High School boys basketball team loves to face a zone defense. The Panthers' shooters have the green light from coach Roosevelt Bridges to tee off from downtown, and Amory High found out Saturday how deadly they can be.
It's a new dawn. It's a new day. A day after squandering a 13-point first-half lead and falling flat in overtime against the Wilmer-Hutchins (Texas) High School boys basketball team, Starkville High was keen to have a thorough performance against Tuscaloosa Central. After clinging to a one-point lead after the first quarter, it didn't appear the Yellow Jackets had recovered from the shocking loss.
Facing an 18-point deficit late in the first quarter Friday, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer saw a team he didn't think was interested in facing the No. 2 team in the state. The Trojans were beaten to loose balls, lost in transition, and settling for contested shots against the Meridian High Tigers. Then Shemar Johnson took over.
The most impressive shot of the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational didn't count. With time winding down in the Velma Jackson High School boys basketball team's 62-46 victory against Horn Lake on Saturday night, Mississippi State signee Quinndary Weatherspoon, a 6-foot-4 guard, saw his opportunity. Two minutes earlier, he had watched his younger brother, Nicholas, throw down a tomahawk dunk to punctuate a fast break. Quinndary had plans to upstage his younger brother.
Rokila Wallace did everything right. With her team trailing Jackson Jim Hill High School 48-46 with six seconds remaining Saturday night at the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational, the Columbus High guard grabbed a rebound underneath the Columbus basket and raced upcourt, desperately looking to tie the game. She knifed through the defense and lobbed a layup at the rim in traffic as the final horn sounded.
The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team learned the valuable lesson of patience Friday afternoon in the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.
Sammy Smith knows the expectations are there this season for the Columbus High School boys basketball team. Part of the anticipation for the Falcons revolves around the fact Smith has a long, athletic team with plenty of size. Those physical qualities make Smith excited for his team, too.
STARKVILLE - Chase Nicholson has seen the Starkville Academy football program at its worst and at its best.
STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson has seen the Starkville Academy football program at its worst and at its best. Fortunately for Nicholson, the best times have happened recently. Now it's his job to make sure that trend continues.
Cameron Whittle and Michael Ledbetter don't have to consult each other or rack their brains to find the answer. When Whittle and Ledbetter are asked to remember the last time the Heritage Academy boys soccer team started a season 4-0, both players don't recall a time when it has happened. In fact, Whittle said he doesn't think it has happened -- until this season. Victories against Washington School, Magnolia Heights, Starkville Academy, and Hillcrest Christian have Heritage Academy in unchartered waters as it prepares for the holiday break. Heritage Academy capped the opening month of the season Friday by scoring four goals in the second half to beat Hillcrest Christian 4-1.
STARKVILLE -- Jeff Terrill has seen a little bit of it all in more than three decades as a high school and community college football coach. Now Terrill is ready to explore another side of life.
CALEDONIA -- Every time he rises up to throw a dunk down, Shemar Johnson feels the energy rise around him. "It gets our team going, gets me going," said Johnson, New Hope's 6-foot-5 senior guard who has become accustomed to delivering momentum-swinging slams. "It's a great feeling." It's a feeling Johnson felt plenty Tuesday night.