On Friday night the Lady Hornets maintained their unblemished record by defeating the Ray Brooks Lady Tigers 64-45 to claim the region title.
At 26-0 the Lady Hornets will now advance to Monday’s first round 1A playoff game at home against Tupelo Christian Academy at 7 p.m. and Ray Brooks is also set to host Houlka Monday at 7 p.m.
The Lady Hornets came out with a point to prove Friday and they did it on the defensive end as they ran and trap and forced tough shots on their way to posting a 17-3 scored in the first quarter.
Ray Brooks settled down in late in the first and Takyra Hicks was able to knock down some shots to end the first quarter down 19-7.
Ieysha Mays started the second quarter with two quick baskets for a 23-7 lead, but Hicks and Markelia Cross made two big shots for a 23-12 game.
With Ray Brooks turning up their half-court defense and JFK struggling to take care of the basketball, Coach Linda Allen elected to stall the ball for the last 4-minutes of the quarter.
Ray Brooks coach Eddie Culley was content with this strategy as both teams just looked at one another for the remainder of the quarter, that is until eight-seconds remained and Aleghsa Haywood popped to the corner and knocked down a three point shot to give the Lady Hornets a 26-12 lead going into the locker room.
The Lady Hornets came out for the third quarter and stalling the ball was the last thing on their mind as they opened the period on a 10-2 run for a 36-12 lead.
JFK continued to pile it on Ray Brooks as Frederica Haywood scored and Aleghsa knocked down two corner threes for a 44-20 game.
The Lady Tigers did not stop fighting and off the efforts of Cross who scored seven consecutive points, Ray Brooks was able to cut the lead down to 17-points at 44-27. Mays added two free throws at the end of the third for a 46-27 game.
Cross continued her stellar play in the fourth as she scored the first five points of the quarter for a 46-32 game to pull the Lady Tigers to within 14-points.
Jarvis Malone responded for the Lady Hornets with two baskets of her own to push the lead back to 18-points at 50-32. A jump shot from Ray Brooks’ Alexia Weatherspoon and a three-point play from Hicks brought the lead back down to 13 points, but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers could get.
JFK went on to outscore Ray Brooks 13-5 over the final three minutes to walk away with a 64-43 victory.
Mays led JFK with 22 points, but it was the shooting of Aleghsa that sparked the Lady Hornets as she finished with 13 points. Frederica also had 13 points and Malone scored nine to round out the top scorers for the Lady Hornets.
Cross, led the Lady Tigers with 21 points and Hicks added 16 points in the loss.