The Dynamic Duo: Haywood and Mays
by Donell Maxie
Mar 23, 2014 | 2128 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Having a best friend is an amazing experience; having the chance to work with or play alongside your best friend is even better.

Such is the case for Frederica Haywood and Ieysha Mays.

The two talented forwards for the John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets state championship winning basketball team are not only partners in crime on the hardwood, but best friends off it as well.

Mays and Haywood have celebrated a great deal this season. The dynamic duo led the Lady Hornets to a North Central Athletic Conference Championship, Bolivar County Tournament Championship, Region 3-1A Tournament Championship, North State Championship and the 1A State Championship.

In addition to all of that the two will be graduating together in May. Haywood has already committed to play at McNeese State next year, but Mays is yet to sign with anyone but is being recruited by several schools.

"Winning with my best friend was great, but sad also,” Haywood said. “We love playing together, but after we won the state we got a little emotional because we knew it was our last time playing together.”

Mays echoed the same sentiments.

"Winning the state title with my best friend brought tears to my eyes,” May said. “To reach the ultimate goal was what we wanted to do. We have been best friends since 2009 and we always wanted to do this and now we have.”

Throughout the season both players said they wanted to be as supportive of the other one as much as possible. It was fitting that in 32 games this season either they both dominated together, or if one was struggling the other was there to pick up the slack.

In the team's semifinal win over McAdams, Mays led the Lady Hornets with 31 points, 23 rebounds and five steals, followed by Haywood with 17 points and 14 rebounds

Haywood said her shot wasn’t falling early in that game, so it was great that Mays got it going in the second half.

“She (Mays) is my best friend and it was a great feeling for her to take over like she did,” Haywood said. “I was telling her that we had to do this and she played her heart out for us today.”

In the championship game, Mays struggled, but Haywood was there to hold things down as she finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Mays finished with six points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

"She was awesome in that game,” May said about Haywood. “The way she played with two and three girls on her was great. I'm so proud of her and all of her success and I know she is proud of me.”

When it comes to the end of the road, which in this case will be graduation, Mays and Haywood said their friendship will never stop.

"We will always be friends even though we're going to different schools," said Haywood.

"We are like the roots to the trees and wheels to the car. One can't make it without the other. I love her with all my heart and she is like the other half of me. We will be fine," said Mays.