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Lady Aggies fall short of state bid
by H. Lee Smith II
Mar 02, 2015 | 28 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kossuth almost pulled off the ultimate comeback. Instead the Lady Aggies will have to settle for a 21-win season that ended one victory shy of a coveted bid in the State Tournament. Kossuth nearly rallied from a 15-point second half deficit, falling 71-68 to Ruleville Central in the second round of the Class 3A Girls’ Playoffs. Trailing 66-51 with 5:04 remaining, Kossuth scored 16 points the final 3:45. Parrish Tice, who scored KHS’ last eight points en route to a game-high 33 digits, missed the first of three free throws with no time remaining after being fouled on a desperation 3-point attempt. Ruleville Central missed five of its eight free-throw attempts in the final 55 seconds to leave the door open for Kossuth. The Lady Aggies finished the season 21-12. Kossuth, the No. 3 seed from Division 1-3A, knocked off 4-3A runner-up Kemper County in the first round and nearly upset the Division 3 champions to reach the newly-formatted, eight-team State Tournament. The Lady Tigers (23-3) will play Jefferson County on Thursday in quarterfinal play at Mississippi Coliseum. Down 12 at 57-45 heading into the final quarter, Tice sandwiched buckets around a Cheyenne Daniel bucket in transition to pull Kossuth to within 51-47 with 6:20 remaining. The Lady Tigers came out of the timeout and reeled off nine quick points -- including two and-ones -- to match their biggest lead at 66-51 with 5:04 remaining. Kossuth would hold Ruleville off the scoreboard for nearly three minutes, scoring nine unanswered of its own. Three-point buckets by Jade Barnes and Morgan Hodum capped the spurt that pulled KHS to within six with 2:17 left. Ruleville would get its lone bucket the final five minutes, but miss on the free-throw attempt. Tice sandwiched conventional buckets around four straight makes from the line, and Ruleville left the door open by making just 3-of-8 from the charity stripe the final 55 seconds. The last make left Kossuth in a 71-68 hole with four seconds left. Tice got off a desperation attempt before the horn, but kept the game alive by drawing a foul. Tice missed on the first of three, ending the contest. Kossuth came out on fire and led 25-18 after one period with Tice netting 12 and Darbie Coleman connecting twice from beyond the arc. Ruleville took the lead for good at 30-28 midway through the second and outscored KHS 20-9 in the quarter to lead 38-34 at the break. The Lady Tigers took their first 15-point lead with under one minute left in the third. Kossuth cut the deficit to 57-45 after three on three straight points by Barnes. Cheyenne Daniel followed Tice with 15 points.
Ole Miss trying to shake off rough week
by David Brandt
Mar 02, 2015 | 1 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mississippi's basketball team has picked a bad time to struggle. Just one week ago, the Rebels appeared well on their way to making the NCAA tournament for a second time in three seasons. But consecutive losses — at home to Georgia and on the road against LSU — have made their case for an at-large bid a little less convincing. Now the final two games of the regular season loom large. The Rebels (19-10, 10-6 Southeastern Conference) travel to face Alabama (17-12, 7-9) on Tuesday before hosting Vanderbilt on Saturday. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said there's no time for the Rebels to feel sorry for themselves. "We had a rough week. Played two really good teams," Kennedy said Monday. "We played hard enough to win, but just didn't play well enough to win. In this league, as competitive as it is from top to bottom, you have to play well to win games." For the Rebels, that simply means making more shots. Ole Miss is shooting just 38.5 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3-point range over its past five games. Stefan Moody — the team's leading scorer at more than 18 points per game during SEC play — made just 3 of 16 attempts from the field in the loss to LSU. But Moody wasn't the only problem. "Of course it's frustrating," Moody told reporters following Saturday's loss to LSU. "At the end of the day, it's all of us, it's the whole team. We've just got to play better." Kennedy, who was known as a 3-point marksman during his playing days at North Carolina State and Alabama-Birmingham, said there are no tricks to stopping a shooting slump. "All that I know how to do through playing experience and coaching experience is to get them reps and then put them in a position where we feel they can play to their strengths," Kennedy said. "From there, they've got to take ownership." Kennedy is confident the Rebels will be able to get it done. It's a veteran team that has won big games in the past. Guard Jarvis Summers and forward LaDarius White were key contributors two seasons ago when the Rebels rallied to win the SEC tournament in 2013. They'll both need to help Moody with some offensive production if they want to return to the Big Dance as seniors. Kennedy said his team won't need any motivation. "Guys who are struggling know they are struggling," Kennedy said on Saturday. "I'm a big believer in owning it. Let's own it and figure out how to fix it. I've played this game and coached this game a number of years and you know how you fix it? You see that ball go in the basket. You don't allow the negative to weigh you down."
Slive leery of making freshmen ineligible
by Ralph D. Russo
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Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says it would be best to wait until after the NCAA's new initial eligibility standards take effect in 2016 before considering whether to keep freshmen off the field. Slive said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that if the goal is to improve graduation rates and grade-point averages, "we have to remember that each college student has his or her own academic challenges." "To put a blanket over these student-athletes with a year on the bench doesn't address those individual needs to incentivize academic progress. Many students do come to college prepared both academically and athletically ready to compete in the classroom and in competition, and to penalize those students with a universal policy may create unintended consequences not beneficial to many student-athletes," he said. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has said he wants his conference to consider making freshmen ineligible in football and men's basketball, and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Bob Bowlsby have both expressed support for at least examining the possibility. However, Delany has stressed the Big Ten could not act alone on a "year of readiness" for freshmen football and basketball players because it would put the conference at a competitive disadvantage. Slive's statement made it clear the SEC has no interest in diving into the freshmen eligibility question for at least a couple of years. The NCAA initial eligibility standards go up starting with the freshman class of 2016. To be immediately eligible for competition, prospective student-athletes must have at least a 2.3 GPA, with a sliding scale tied to SAT scores. An SAT score of 1,000 requires a 2.5 high school core-course GPA for competition and a 2.0 high school core-course GPA for aid and practice. Prospects also must successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of their senior year in high school. "A lot of thought and preparation went into the new initial eligibility rules that go into effect in 2016. It is more appropriate to implement these new regulations and understand their impact before applying additional eligibility restrictions that may be more cosmetic than effective," Slive said. Most college sports leaders have spoken out against the NBA's rule requiring American players to be 19 years old and a year out of high school to be drafted. The rule has created the so-called one-and-done player in college basketball. "If this proposal is about student-athletes turning professional, we need to be careful not to create rules for a few that penalize the many," Slive said. "The universe of student-athletes who leave early for professional sports is very small compared to the numbers that participate in football and men's basketball. And just because a student-athlete enters professional sports does not mean he or she has totally abandoned their academic pursuits."
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Sportsplex goes to the auction block
by Steve Beavers
Mar 02, 2015 | 62 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Corinth fixture appears to be coming to an end. The Corinth YMCA/Sportsplex is set to be sold to the highest bidder on Friday. RREF RB Acquisitions, LLC has assigned to RREF RB SBL-MS, LLC the deed of the Sportsplex. The property and all improvements located thereon will to be auctioned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front steps of the Alcorn County Courthouse after default was made on a loan. During its almost 70 years in Corinth, the YMCA/Sportsplex influenced the lives of countless young people through its many programs. In September of 1945, a resolution was passed seeking to incorporate as the Young Men's Christian Association of Corinth. On Feb. 23 of the following year, a charter was granted from the Southern Area Council of the YMCA and the National Council of the YMCA as the Corinth Y was officially born. In more recent years, the Corinth Y became the Sportsplex.
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