Class 6A Girls Recap: Starkville 46, Murrah 27

Starkville guard Jariyah Covington. Photo by Keith Warren/MHSAA.

The first three matchups were intense.

This one, well not so much.

Behind the a strong defensive performance and the Starkville big the Lady Jackets were able to get past division foe Murrah 46-27 to claim their second straight MHSAA Girls Class 6A State Championship at the Mississippi Coliseum on Saturday night.

It’s the Lady Jackets third state title in school. Starkville was awarded the state championship last year due to Olive Branch playing an ineligible player.

“We came out turned the ball, but once we settled down it felt everything was going our way,” said Starkville coach Kristie Williams. “Our defensive pressure was on for the entire game.”

The first three matchups between Murrah and Starkville were determined by eight points or less. Murrah won the first matchup at home between the Region 3-6A foes, but the Lady Jackets won the last three matchups.

“We stuck to our game plan tonight. Murrah is a tremendous team with some gifted athletes,” Williams said. “You try your best to contain them. The first three times we didn’t stick to what we needed to do and tonight we did.”

Starkville held Murrah to just 27 percent shooting from the field (10-of-37).

Kirsten Williams would have a game-high 21 points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots to lead Starkville and was named the games Most Valuable Player.

Williams was also named the games C-Spire Scholar Athlete Award winner for the championship game.

“Just got out there and get the job done,” Thompson said. “This feeling is the best you can have. It’s indescribable.”

Jariyah Covington added 11 points and three steals for Starkville (28-2).

“Truly proud of the seniors with Kirsten, Jariyah and Tabreea Gandy. They all went and executed and did what we asked them to do,” Williams said. “It feels good to actually carry the gold ball trophy on the bus back home. I’m truly honored and blessed and so proud of the girls.”

Jamaica Almons had 11 points to lead Murrah (30-3).