The Lady Hornets now stand at a perfect 21-0 with a 9-0 mark in the region, while Ray Brooks fell to 14-8 with a 4-3 mark in the region.
The game was close early on as Ray Brooks got some scoring early on from Tkyra Hicks and Markelia Cross. Hicks scored seven points, and Cross scored six points in the first quarter. The production from Hick and Cross kept the Lady Tigers close as they trailed only 18-14 going into the second quarter.
As the game progressed, the Lady Hornets found a rhythm as their defense did a good job of holding the Lady Tigers in check. Ieysha Mays led the way for the Lady Hornets in the first half, and she got great support from the girls around her. When the first half came to a close, JFK took a 37-24 lead at halftime.
“They had two and three girls on (Frederica) Haywood,” JFK head coach Linda Allen said. “While they were paying a lot of attention to Haywood, that gave Ieysha a chance to do some things she needed to do to take that pressure off of Haywood.”
In the second half, JFK continued its onslaught as the team continued to add to the lead.
“The girls started executing and that’s so important going down the stretch,” Allen said. “Everybody was on the same page and that helped us a lot and then we changed our defense.”
Frederica Haywood increased her production in the second half to keep the Lady Hornets rolling. Haywood’s output was key as Mays had to leave the game due to dehydration.
“Frederica stepped up and put the girls on her back,” Allen said.
Ray Brooks head coach Eddie Culley said his team just got out of rhythm.
“We didn’t shoot the ball exceptionally well at all,” Culley said. “The big difference came on unforced turnovers. There were key points in the game where turnovers happened. People were out of position for the throw. It threw was out of our game. Being as young as we are, we can’t put it back together as fast as an experienced team has. JFK is an experienced team. If they make a couple of mistakes, they’ve been together so long, they bounce right back and recover.”
Mays, who is okay, scored a game-high 28 points, followed by Haywood with 17 points and Latina Jones with 12 points. Haywood also had 17 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks, followed by Mays with five assists, three rebounds, three steals and three blocks and Jones with four rebounds, four assists and five steals.
“When they keyed on one of the girls, somebody else was passing the ball,” Allen added. “It didn’t matter who was shooting as long as it was a Lady Hornet.”
Cross led the Lady Tigers with 15 points, followed by DyNesha Lindsey with 11 points and Hicks with 10 points.
JFK will return to the court on Friday when the team travels to Ruleville to play Ruleville Central at 5:30 p.m. with no b-games on the schedule. Ray Brooks will be back on the court on Tuesday when the team travels to Shaw to play the Shaw High Lady Hawks.