By Will Nations
The Starkville Yellowjackets used a big offensive third quarter and a 30 of 36 performance from the free-throw line, routing rival West Point, 89-55, in a MHSAA non-district game Tuesday night on the campus of West Point High School.
“It can be tough to come in here and put out the same effort,” Starkville Head Coach Greg Carter said. “You have to be mentally tough and physically strong. With so much basketball left, you can’t start slacking off.”
The Jackets used a 19-2 run in the third quarter, growing their eight-point, halftime advantage into a 25-point lead at the 1:47 mark, 57-32. During the game-deciding run, Zeb Taylor knocked down two consecutive 3-pointers, and Starkville’s frontcourt dominated the three-minute span. The Jackets ended the third quarter leading the Wave, 61-38. Taylor finished with 10 points in the win.
“We stepped it up a lot after halftime,” Carter said. “We really executed and got the ball where we wanted it against their zone. They (West Point) didn’t score very well during the second half.”
West Point (20-4; 2-1 District 2-5A) struggled throughout the night on the offensive end of the floor along with turnovers – 19 in all. Wave Head Coach Brad Cox pointed to the strong Jacket defensive pressure for the difficult night.
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