February 15, 2014 11:14:39 PM
PELAHATCHIE -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team has recaptured one of its three championships for a third-straight season.
Anna McKell drained three 3-pointers en route to a team-high 21 points Saturday to lead Starkville Academy to a 48-41 victory against Hillcrest Christian in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II championship game.
McKell was 7 of 12 from the field. She also had six rebounds. Sallie Kate Richardson added 15 points, five rebounds, three steals, and two assists, Nora Kathryn Carroll had 10 points and five rebounds, and Adrienne Futral had two points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Starkville Academy has won the Class AAA, Division II title the past three seasons. It will look to win its third-straight Class AAA this week.
n On Friday, Richardson had 18 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots in a 40-35 victory against East Rankin Academy.
McKell had 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists, Carroll had seven points, four rebounds, and two assists, and Futral had two points, five rebounds, and three assists.
n Immanuel Christian School 82, Kemper Academy 63: At Benton, KC Cunningham had 22 points to lead the Rams to the championship in the MAIS Class A North Central tournament.
Payton Cosby (16 points), RJ Deloach (14), Jaelin Bankhead (11), and Brendan Bailey (10) also scored in double figures for Immanuel Christian.
Cunningham, Bankhead, Bailey, and Cosby were named to the all-tournament team.
n On Friday, Immanuel Christian secured a spot in the MAIS overall Class A state tournament with a 66-63 victory against Hebron Christian.
Cunningham had a team-high 20 points, while Cosby had 18 and Bankhead had 13.
n West Lauderdale 61, Caledonia 31: At West Lauderdale, Jonathan Comer had 10 points for the Confederates in their regular-season finale.
Caledonia (21-6, 7-3 region) finished as the No. 2 seed in the region for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 tournament at Carthage. Times for the tournament will be announced Monday.
The Caledonia High girls also lost to West Lauderdale. They will play Tuesday. The boys will play the winner of the Leake Central-Houston game on Thursday.
n Pickens Academy 43, Wilcox Academy 38: At Montgomery, Ala., the Lady Pirates made four free throws in the final 25 seconds to advance to the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA title game.
Pickens Academy (18-6), which advanced to the state title game last season, erased a seven-point deficit entering the fourth quarter by outscoring Wilcox Academy 14-2 in the final eight minutes.
Olivia Lewis hit 1 of 2 free throws, Kacy Noland had a steal, was fouled, and made both free throws, and Abigail Colvin made 1 of 2 free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the deal.
Noland led the way with 20 points.
Pickens Academy will face Lowndes Academy at noon Tuesday in the title game at Huntingdon College.
n Aliceville girls, boys advance to regional semifinals: Alexis Garner had 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots, and two steals Friday to lead the Aliceville High School girls basketball team to a 67-38 victory against Southern Choctaw in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A sub sectionals.
Aliceville will take on Luverne at 3 p.m. Monday in the regional semifinals.
Zharia Eddins had 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists, Kaitelyn Shamery had 11 points, and Markesha Hall had three blocked shots.
n The Aliceville High boys defeated Choctaw County 72-54. Derrick Jones had 21 points thanks in part to a 3-of-5 effort from 3-point range. Joe Robinson added 11 points, five blocked shots, three assists, and three steals. Anfernee Mullins had 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, and David Shamery had nine points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocks.
Aliceville will play Luverne at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
n In other action in Class 2A, the Sulligent High girls beat Birmingham Fultondale 54-37 on Thursday and will play Red Bay at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the regional semifinals.
n In Class 1A action, the South Lamar High boys beat Autaugaville 70-53 on Friday. South Lamar will play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Loachapoka in the regional semifinals.
n Gametime Sports wins awards at Deep South Cheer "Rock-n-Roll Classic": At Tupelo, GameTime Sports competed last weekend in the Deep South Cheer "Rock-n-Roll Classic" and earned first or second place in all its competition categories.
The "Rock-n-Roll Classic" hosted 44 teams from around Northern Mississippi. GameTime Sports, founded in 2006 by Mr. Brian Hollis, has been competing since 2011. They currently have four "All-Star" competition teams:
Stargazers, Minis (ages 9 and younger), Level-1
The Stargazers won first place out of four teams competing in the "Mini Small" division. They were also crowned "Grand Champions" by achieving the highest total score of all 17 squads competing in Level-1.
Shockwave, Juniors (ages 14 and younger), Level-2
The Shockwave team overcame adversity to take second place in the ""Junior Large" division. During their performance, one of the athletes was injured during a tumbling run. The team immediately stopped their routine and exited the competition floor. After ensuring the athlete was OK, the team trained a replacement and competed again 30 minutes later.
SeniorNova, Senior (ages 18 and younger), Level-2
The Senior Nova Team won first place in the "Senior Small" division.
Vortes, Senior (ages 18 and younger), Level-3
Team Vortex was the only team competing in the "Senior Coed" division, but executed a flawless performance and certainly earned their first place finish.
GameTime coach Adam Davis also received the "Coaches Award," which is given to the coach who most embodies the characteristics of teamwork and support. He was honored for teaching the fundamental of competitive cheer while also fostering a positive environment for his athletes. The award came with a prize of $100.
The next competition for the GameTime athletes is the CHEERSPORT 2014 Nationals in Atlanta. More than 1,000 teams will participate in the two-day event. Each GameTime squad will compete in a division of 18 or fewer teams.
n Hollivay has block party vs. UCF: At Piscataway, N.J., Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay had six blocked shots Saturday in the Rutgers women's basketball team's 90-50 victory against Central Florida.
Hollivay, a former standout at New Hope High School and Heritage Academy, had six points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal in addition to her six blocks in 17 minutes. The six blocks matched the second-highest total of the season for the sophomore. She had nine blocks in a victory against Howard on Nov. 22, 2013.
The performance comes on the heels of a scoreless game Hollivay had in a 74-42 victory against Houston on Tuesday. Hollivay had three rebounds and fouled out in 14 minutes.
Earlier in the week, Hollivay was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll with teammate Tyler Scaife, who was named the league's rookie of the week. The honor was the second of the season for Hollivay. She averaged 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks and shot 64.3 percent from the field in Rutgers' victories against Cincinnati and SMU. Hollivay had the game-winning tip-in at SMU last Saturday.
n Proffitt helps Central Arkansas bounce back: At Houston, Freshman guard Maggie Proffitt had three points and four rebounds Saturday to help the Central Arkansas women's basketball team beat Houston Baptist 67-54.
Proffitt had four points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one blocked shot Thursday in a 45-42 loss at Texas A&M -Corpus Christi.