If you happen to play a sport at Heritage Academy, waiting for a recreation towards Starkville Academy is comprehensible. And the identical works in reverse.
And generally a workforce can get in bother if it appears previous a supposedly weaker opponent towards an upcoming matchup with a heated rival.
The Volunteers didn’t let that occur on Wednesday evening, racing to a 14-4 lead simply 4 minutes into the primary quarter and rolling to a 69-49 win over Lamar within the MAIS Class 5A North State event at Heritage Academy.
The win sends the Vols into the semifinals Friday towards the Patriots, who’ve already crushed them twice this season. And Starkville coach Andrew Howell was already fired up for a 3rd crack at Heritage earlier than the scoreboard was turned off Wednesday night.
“I can’t wait,” Howell mentioned. “That is what it’s all about. It will likely be an important ambiance, Heritage is clearly very properly coached, actually good gamers, it ought to be a showdown. I’m excited.”
Heritage recorded a 54-51 win on Jan. 7 in Starkville and a 59-52 victory on Jan. 25 in Columbus.
However any ideas of avenging these defeats didn’t get in the way in which of taking good care of enterprise towards the Raiders, who got here in because the No. 4 workforce from District 2 whereas the Vols had been No. 1 in District 1.
“Our guys knew what to do tonight, made positive to get it carried out, after which it’s all about getting within the health club tomorrow evening, on the brink of go after which Friday evening be again,” Howell mentioned.
And the Volunteers had been efficient in most phases of the sport for greater than three quarters, main by eight factors after one, 20 on the half and 25 after three.
And it was a gentle development. After Jackson Redman nailed two 3’s as a part of an 8-0 run that adopted Lamar’s first basket, the Volunteers by no means strung greater than six factors collectively. It was simply back-to-back baskets right here, a 5-0 run there, and with out ever taking a critical physique blow the Raiders discovered themselves dealing with an insurmountable deficit.
Starkville was constant on offense, placing up a four-quarter scoreline of 19, 18, 16 and 16 factors. The protection didn’t let up till the fourth quarter, however even then the Raiders couldn’t reduce considerably into the Vols’ lead.
“I assumed the hassle was good,” Howell mentioned. “I’d have appreciated to have seen the hassle a little bit extra constant, however Lamar’s an excellent workforce.”
Jordan did a lot of the injury for Starkville throughout the first half, netting 13 of his 15 factors by intermission. After a scoreless first quarter, Rett Keenum supplied an excellent chunk of the offense ending with 14 factors.
The largest lead of the sport was 26 factors with 5:31 left within the recreation, when Alex Friedhaber drove for the second of his two baskets.
Jackson Redman scored 9 factors for the Vols, with A.J. Jones and George Delp every contributing eight
The event semifinals are scheduled for Friday again at Heritage Academy. Simpson will meet Bayou in a single semifinal at 5:15 p.m., whereas the Patriots and Volunteers will tangle within the nightcap at 7:45 p.m..
“We’ve received to get locked in tomorrow in observe and get to work and play a extremely good Heritage workforce,” Howell mentioned.