Defense elevates Lady Hornets to victory
by Andy Collier
Feb 19, 2013 | 1359 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Defense was the name of the game for the John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets in the first round of the 2A North Half Girls Basketball Playoffs Monday night in Mound Bayou.

The Lady Hornets held the Bruce High School Lady Trojans to just six points in the second half to secure a 44-30 victory. JFK improved to 20-5 and will play South Delta in the quarterfinals of the North Half Playoffs at New Site High School in Booneville on Thursday, while Bruce ended its season at 13-12.

Things didn’t look promising for the Lady Hornets at first as they actually trailed 24-21 at halftime. In the second half, JFK ended up outscoring Bruce 23-6.

According to Lady Hornets head coach Linda Allen, the Lady Trojans were playing in a full court press, so the Lady Hornets had to make an adjustment on defense.

“We played a 2-2-1 zone and went to a half court press,” Allen said. “The young girls stepped up. They (Bruce) were tripled teaming Frederica (Haywood) and the other girls stepped up. They dug in and pulled together.”

Frederica Haywood led the Lady Hornets on the night with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three steals, followed by Ieysha Mays with 12 points, 14 rebounds and two steals, Aleghsa Haywood with six points and two steals and Latina Jones with five points and two steals.

Potts Camp Girls 73, West Bolivar 51

The West Bolivar Lady Eagles saw their season come to an end as they lost to the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals Monday evening in Potts Camp.

The Lady Eagles battled the Lady Cardinals close in the first half as they trailed only 31-27 going into halftime.

West Bolivar head coach Willie Thomas said his team just couldn’t hang on to the basketball.

“Turnover, turnovers, turnovers,” Thomas said. “We played pretty good in the first half, but ended up making a lot of turnovers in the second half.”

Kalesha Williams led the Lady Eagles with 21 points, followed by Ashley Cooper with seven points and seven rebounds.

West Bolivar ended its year at 12-16, while Potts Camp will move on to the quarterfinals of the North Half Playoffs.