By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Ole Miss Rebels won a pair of tough SEC contests last week, winning 88-74 in overtime at home against LSU, before escaping Columbia, S.C. with a 75-74 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday.
Charismatic senior sharpshooter Marshall Henderson had a huge week, averaged 22 points and 3.5 assists over the two games and was named SEC Player of the Week for his effort.
Coach Andy Kennedy’s Rebels head into Wednesday night’s road trip to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt with a 12-5 overall mark and a 3-1 record in the Southeastern Conference. The Rebels play host to in-state rival Mississippi State at 3 p.m Saturday in the Tad Smith Coliseum.
Samuel Butler pumped in 27 points to lead the East Webster boys to a 64-35 win over Hebron Christian. Other boys action saw Winston Academy fall to Kirk 54-48 and Kemper Academy beat Starkville Christian 55-52.
Girls action saw Winston beat Kirk 49-35, East Webster defeat Hebron Christian 63-35 and Kemper Academy fall to Starkville Christian 51-29.
In men’s junior college action Jacques Johnson scored 30 points to least East Central past Hinds 85-82, while Coahoma beat Holmes 67-63 and Mississippi Delta defeated East Mississippi 76-74.
The Lady Warriors of East Central beat Hinds 70-59, while Holmes downed Coahoma 81-59 and Mississippi Delta defeated East Mississippi 67-51.
Tyesha Davis scored 20 points, pulled down nine rebounds and had seven steals to lead the Lady Wildcats of Louisville to a 57-32 win over West Point. In other girls action Winston beat Kemper Academy 63-24, Nanih Waiya lost to West Lowndes 61-41, Eupora fell to Winona 59-50, Choctaw County lost to Raleigh 48-46, Noxapater beat East Oktibbeha 75-26, and McAdams defeated French Camp 66-41.
In boys action Winston defeated KA 55-50, Choctaw County topped Raleigh 76-61, French Camp nipped McAdams 56-51, Louisville lost to West Point 77-57, Eupora tumbled to Winona 55-45, and Nanih Waiya lost to West Lowndes 81-38.
Ole Miss outscored visiting LSU 19-5 in overtime to take a crucial 88-74 win over the Tigers. Sebastian Saiz had a career performance for the Rebels, scored 20 points and pulling down nine rebounds while blocking a pair of shots. Henderson hit half of his 12 3-point attempts and was perfect on all five free throws for 25 points. Jarvis Summers was 10-for-10 from the line to score 20 points.
Trevor Releford pumped in 28 points to lead homestanding Alabama to an 80-61 win over Mississippi State in SEC action. Gavin Ware led MSU with 18 points and six rebounds while Craig Sword scored 12.
Winston Academy split a pair of games with Canton Academy with the Lady Patriots taking a 51-23 win and the WA boys falling 57-38.
USM placed five players in double figures as the Golden Eagles took an 84-62 win over Conference USA foe Rice in men’s basketball.
The Mississippi State women dropped a heartbreaker to perennial power Tennessee 67-63, while the Ole Miss women lost to Vanderbilt 80-74.
Junior College women’s action saw East Mississippi beat Northeast Miss. 64-46, East Central down Gulf Coast 64-57 and Holmes lose to Itawamba 70-54.
Men’s junior college play saw EMCC beat Northeast 72-53, Holmes lose to Itawamba 96-92 and East Central fall to Gulf Coast 76-58.
The Eupora boys took a big 54-47 win over Montgomery County, while FCA lost to Sebastopol 65-50, Choctaw County lost to Choctaw Central 62-39, and Nanih Waiya tumbled to East Oktibbeha 57-41.
In girls play Eupora beat Montgomery County 59-39, Nanih Waiya downed East Oktibbeha 74-28, Choctaw County lost to Choctaw Central 37-28 and FCA fell to Sebastopol 52-38.
Louisville dropped a pair of prep basketball games to Kemper County, with the LHS girls losing 51-49 and the boys falling 71-58.
In men’s college basketball Gavin Ware scored eight of his 22 points in overtime as the MSU Bulldogs took an 81-72 win over Texas A&M. Anthony Perez pumped in 22 points including a clutch three-pinter down the stretch to lead Ole Miss to a 75-74 win over South Carolina. Henderson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half.
In men’s college tennis MSU beat Jackson State 7-0 and Alabama State 7-0.
Michael Craig scored 17 points and claimed 12 rebounds to lead USM to an 80-71 win over Louisiana Tech. The Golden Eagles are now 16-3 on the year.
In women’s college hoops Kentucky nipped Auburn 73-71, Ole Miss lost a close one to Arkansas 68-65, while MSU lost handily to homestanding Texas A&M 73-35.
In women’s college tennis, Mississippi State beat Alabama State 6-1.