No Clash of Titans this year
By By Marty Stamper and Rocky Higginbotham/The Meridian Star
Jan. 25, 2001
Neshoba Central girls' basketball coach Bill Smith said he did not plan to put on a Clash of the Titans this year, as most of the top teams had maxed out on games.
Smith, who started the hoops fest craze in 1990, has apparently fallen victim to his own idea's success, as one-day Classics continue to spring up all over the state each season.
This year is no different.
Forest High School will play host to a four-game set of games on Saturday, while Meridian High's girls and Quitman's boys are hitting the road to take part in Classics.
At Forest, Morton and South Leake square off in girls' action at 4 p.m. and again in a boys' contest at 5:30.
The Forest Lady Bearcats host Southeast Lauderdale at 7 p.m., while the Forest boys conclude play when they face Kosciusko at 8:30.
Meridian's third-ranked Lady Wildcats, fresh off an upset loss at Neshoba Central Tuesday night, are taking part in the Robertson Sportswear Classic at New Albany.
The Lady Cats will take on the host Lady Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m. in the eight-game, all-girls fest.
New Albany's girls are considered one of the top contenders for the Class 3A title after making the semifinals last season.
The marquee game at New Albany pits No. 1 ranked Tupelo, which is also No. 22 in the nation according to USA-Today, against a Briarcrest Christian squad from Memphis that is ranked 14th nationally.
Quitman's boys are taking part in the Red Carpet Classic at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg. Steve Hampton's Panthers play the host Vikings in the 7:30 p.m. finale of a five-game set.
Winston hit hard: Just when the Winston Academy Patriots were on a pretty good roll, disaster struck.
A long football season, capped by winning the Academy AA state championship, played a big part in the Patriots' 1-6 start on the hardwood.
However, Farrell Rigby's troops had reeled off six straight wins before losing at Oak Hill on Tuesday.
The Patriots' biggest loss may have come in a win at Heritage on Saturday as 5-foot-10 freshman Phillip Harrison went down with a knee injury.
The loss to Oak Hill dropped the Patriots to 15-10 with the district tournament next week at Cruger-Tchula.
Hot Cats: After going 11-6 in 2000, the Kemper County Wildcats have gone 7-2 with seven straight wins in 2001 to up their record to 18-8 after Tuesday's 78-62 win over Choctaw Central.
Angry Lady Hornets: Bill Ingersoll's 20-3 Lady Hornets of Lake will take a 12-game win streak to Scott Central for Friday night's division war.
The Lake girls are 9-0 in the division, while defending Class 1A state champion Scott Central is 7-1 in league play with the lone loss at Lake on Dec. 15. The Lady Rebels are 19-7 overall.
Anything you can do, I can do better: Who's the hottest at Wayne County, the War Eagles or the Lady War Eagles?
At 19-3, the seventh-ranked Wayne girls have an 11-game win streak after beating Quitman 59-45 on Tuesday.
The 14th-ranked Wayne boys are 19-2 and have a 13-game win streak following their 53-48 overtime win over Quitman.
Streaking at Noxubee: By beating Louisville 66-39 on Tuesday, the Noxubee County girls extended their win streak to seven. The last loss for coach Narvel Colemon's team was at 10th-ranked Columbus on Jan. 2.
Snapping one streak and starting another: The Lady Raiders of Lamar ended a seven-game losing streak with their 48-37 win over Heidelberg Academy on Monday.
A 40-30 victory over Heritage on Tuesday gave the 5-21 Lady Raiders back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Simply amazing: With a 27-5 record following Tuesday's 59-51 win over Canton Academy, the Leake Academy Rebelettes have extended their streak of seasons with at least 25 wins to 19, all under coach Doyle Wolverton.
Wolverton has a 771-141 record (84.5 winning percentage) in 26 years at the Madden school.
The Leake Academy girls have an all-time mark of 895-174 for a winning percentage of 83.7.
Back even: The Central Academy Lady Vikings have played the 2000-2001 season near the .500 mark. After a 3-7 start, the Central girls won three straight in mid-December to go to 9-9.
After a three-game losing skid dropped the Lady Vikings to 12-15 in early January, a three-game win streak last week evened their mark at 16-16.
Sports writer Marty Stamper and sports editor Rocky Higginbotham can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.