Jackets remain undefeated in district play


Photo by Joshua Aka

Joshua Aka

Starkville Yellowjackets Boys Varsity Basketball team continue their streak in district play as they defeated the South Panola Tigers 64-36. The Yellowjackets are currently #1 in the 6A Region 3 District 4 with seven regular season games left before post season games begin.  
Standout Junior duo, Coltie Young and Eric Green II, had a combined 32 points against the Tigers. 
Green II is averaging 14.2 points a game and led the Jackets with 18 points against the Tigers. 
“It started with a layup to get myself going,” Green said. 
Green also performed well defensively to add more points and stats to his overall performance.  
“Good defense that led to me getting a couple more buckets and hitting open shots opened my game up as well.  
Young has been lights out this season while averaging 14 points a game and followed up behind Green with 14 points against the Tigers.  
When asked how he has improved his game, Young simply said, “I was in the weight room all summer and doing a lot of shooting and conditioning this offseason. I’m encouraged daily to be the best to come through the Nest.” 
“Watching senior guard Tyler Talley from last year consistently make shots no matter what defense he faced taught me to do the same,” Young said. 
Seniors Forte Prater and Trey Jackson consistently bring their leadership to the court to lead this year’s team toward another chance at a state title. 
“I just let them [teammates] know that we always have to play together, work hard, and play good defense to be successful,” Prater said. 
Jackson takes pride in being the team’s leading rebounder as he averages seven rebounds a game. 
“Every practice we try to improve on previous mistakes and just making sure to keep growing and getting better each week. We really push each other and hold ourselves accountable to be the best team we can be,” Jackson said. 
With the season coming to its final strides before playoffs, the Yellowjackets look no further than to have another victorious season of being the 6A State Champions.