Archive - Nov 2011 - Sports Article
East Mississippi had one goal coming into the 2011 season and that was to win a national title.
After securing their second MACJC state football championship in three seasons, the Lions will again do battle with perennial powerhouse Arizona Western College.
This time, thereâ€™s more on the line in a national championship and the schoolâ€™s first undefeated season.
Saturday, the No. 2 Lions and No. 1 Matadors will face off in the inaugural El Toro Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. CT).
The Oak Hill Lady Raiders went on a second half onslaught Monday night, outscoring Heritage 24-9 to earn a 44-33 over the Lady Pats for the second time this season.
Tori Ellis scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Raiders, who were were handed just their second loss of the season last week to Starkville Academy.
Rachel Herndon chipped in with nine points as Maegan Ellis and Shay Atkins contributed with six and five respectively,
Hebron girls head basketball coach William Cotton said he would have liked to have won by double digits but a nine point margin is still a victory. The Lady Eagles went on a 10-point run in the last four minutes to seal their sixth win on the season Monday night, 52-43 over MAIS AA Carroll Academy.
Cotton admits the girls were a little rusty coming off the Thanksgiving break.
â€śOur timing was off, our speed passes were off,â€ť he said. â€śWe just werenâ€™t clicking on all cylinders, but we played good enough to win.
Area high schools return to the court tonight.
Hebron Christian School will host Carroll Academy while Oak Hill will travel to Columbus for a rematch with Heritage.
Later this week, the Eagles and Lady Eagles will travel to Winona Dec. 1 and the Raiders and Lady Raiders will travel to Kirk Dec.1 before hosting Marshall Dec.3.
West Point returns to action Friday for a rematch with Starkville before hosting Louisville on Saturday.
The extra time Austin Kinard put in to work on his shooting paid off on Monday.
Kinard heated up from the outside and scored 20 points to help the Starkville Academy Volunteers to a 66-48 victory over the Oak Hill Raiders at the SA gymnasium.
"I've been just working in practice every day after school with my shooting and it helped out for me (Monday night)," Kinard said.
Calvin Young led the Vols with 21 points, but Kinard's contribution was an added bonus.
Starkville Academy coach Mark Alexander was proud of what Kinard provided and looks for it to continue.
DEKALB â€“ Kemper Countyâ€™s eight point run in the last two minutes all but sealed a 62-53 win over West Point Monday night, snapping a two-game winning streak by the Green Wave.
Down by five with a little over six minutes left to play in the contest, Daryl Thomas hit back-to-back threes to pull them within one before Cortez Malone gave them the lead. Malone finished with 17, including 12 in the first half. That was short lived as Kemper went on an eight-point run late in the quarter to grab the win.
Good things come to those who wait. And for the Oak Hill Raiders it led their third consecutive win Friday night, knocking off AA North Delta 44-28.
The first quarter opened with a shootout from the opening tip-off as both teams fired off 13 points. North Delta was primarily in a 2-3 zone defensively, forcing the Raiders to take their time and find open looks to the basket. Transfer AJ Jones took control, scoring 11 of the teams 13 points in the first quarter. He finished with 18 in the win.
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