For the next 13 years, the Hawks continued to have good season after good season by making 11 trips (five in 2A and six in 1A) to the north half playoffs with six 20-plus win seasons, but they came up a little short of reaching that next level, which is the state tournament in Jackson at the Mississippi Coliseum.
The Hawks have been on a mission this year to make it to “The Big House.” Friday night in Biggersville, Shaw finally ended the long drought by defeating the Coffeeville High School Pirates 77-64 in the semifinals of the 1A North Half Boys Basketball Tournament. On Saturday, the Hawks (24-7) ended up earning the No. 1 seed at the state tournament by defeating the Coldwater Cougars 56-51 to win the North Half Championship.
Davis, who is in his 15th season as head coach of the Hawks, couldn’t be more proud of his team.
“Our defensive effort and us playing together as a team has pushed us over the hump,” Davis said. “Every different night, you have a player that can lead us. You never can key in on one guy.”
Davis said making it back to Jackson provides a spark to the school and the community.
“It does a lot for the program and a lot for the community,” Davis said. “Now, we’ll have a lot of community involvement and it builds a lot of pride.”
Shaw led 44-30 at halftime against Coffeeville and carried a 63-47 heading into the fourth quarter. The Pirates never could get on track.
Zedric Bass had a great game for the Hawks by scoring 28 points with 15 rebounds, six blocks and three assists. Jermarquis Stimage made his presence known as well for Shaw by scoring 21 points with seven rebounds and three steals.
“Coffeeville’s objective was to take Octavius out of the game, but Zedric and Jermarquis had great games for us,” Davis said. “Everybody does a lot of things well, but we pride ourselves on defense.”
Malik Walker scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals to aid the Hawks, followed by Deshawn Davis with six points and three steals, Andre Pruitt with seven points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals and Octavius Stimage with two points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
In Saturday’s title game with Coldwater, Shaw trailed 47-43 in the middle of the fourth quarter, but Shaw closed the came out with a 13-4 run to bring home the title.
Shaw is scheduled to play in the first round of the 1A State Tournament Saturday in Jackson at 10:30 a.m. against West Lowndes (No. 2, South).