Archive - Nov 18, 2011 - Sports Article
STARKVILLE â€“ Starkville scored a pair of touchdowns off of two West Point turnovers Friday night, including the game winner in the fourth quarter as the Yellowjackets ended the Green Waveâ€™s run for a third consecutive 5A title, 20-14 in the second round of the MHSAA state playoffs.
Itâ€™s the first time since 2008 West Point (8-5) wonâ€™t be playing for a state title.
The Yellowjackets will travel to Ridgeland next Friday for the North State title. Many had predicted the winner of Starkville and West Point would go on to win the 5A championship.
Oak Hill notched their second win in a row Thursday, 55-43 versus Carroll despite a gritty first half performance defensively.
The first half could be easily described as a shootout, with the Raiders holding on to a four point lead heading into the second. Carroll rebounded with 11 points to cut the deficit to a basket at the break.
The Rebels werenâ€™t exactly getting easy looks, they were just making tough shots and hanging around.
The Raiders looked like a revamped team in the third, outscoring the visitors 20-5 and stretching the lead to 17 points.
Oak Hill had their best defensive performance of the season Thursday night, shutting down visiting Carroll Academy 55-9.
The Lady Raiders conceded just one basket in the second half, and shut out the Lady Rebels twice, in the first and third quarter.
Oak Hill, who have won six a row since their season opening loss, not only defended well, but controlled the glass with 46 rebounds for the ball game, mostly on offense.
â€śWe just dominated the rebounding,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śIt would have been more than that, but they turned the ball over a lot.â€ť
CRAWFORD â€“ On the road for the third consecutive ball game, West Point didnâ€™t look out of sync. The Green Wave outscored East Oktibbeha 23-3 in the third quarter, sealing their second straight win Thursday night, 80-54.
At half time, head coach Brad Cox told his players that two things would happen in the third, the Titans would make a run and get back in the ball game down by 11, or West Point would blow the game out. That was enough motivation.