Defense keys the Lady Hornets in victory
by Andy Collier
Dec 16, 2012 | 1756 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John F. Kennedy’s Frederica Haywood plays some tight defense on a West Tallahatchie player in girls basketball action Friday night in Mound Bayou. JFK improved to 9-1 by defeating West Tally 41-35.
John F. Kennedy’s Frederica Haywood plays some tight defense on a West Tallahatchie player in girls basketball action Friday night in Mound Bayou. JFK improved to 9-1 by defeating West Tally 41-35.
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MOUND BAYOU — Defense was the name of the game for the John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets here Friday night.

The Lady Hornets held the West Tallahatchie Lady Choctaws to just 12 second half points in their 41-35 victory in Region 3-2A action. JFK improved to 9-1 with a 4-1 mark in the region, while West Tally fell to 6-4 with a 2-2 regional record.

“The young girls stepped up and helped the older girls,” Lady Hornets head basketball coach Linda Allen said. “We just continued to play good solid defense through the game.”

JFK held a slim 25-23 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, the Lady Hornets got off to a hot start. Alegsha Haywood, Victoria Brown and Ieysha Mays each drained buckets to key a 6-0 run, giving JFK a 31-23 lead. The Lady Choctaws weren’t able to score their first basket of the quarter until Monika Richard hit a shot with 3:13 left in the third to cut JFK’s lead to 31-25. As the game progressed, the Lady Choctaws battled back and were able to tie the game at 33-33 in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Choctaws weren’t able to keep the momentum going however as the Lady Hornets got some big time production from Brown. Brown nailed two clutch baskets to allow JFK to regain the lead at 37-33 with 4:50 left in the contest. Brown scored all six of her points in the second half.

“Victoria came through tonight,” Allen said. “She was shooting some balls that we didn’t know she could shoot. We know she can play good defense, but she hit some big time shots down the stretch for us. She was in the right place at the right time.”

The Lady Hornets were able to keep the run that Brown started going as Mays and Alegsha Haywood each hit key shots to stretch the lead to 41-33. The Lady Hornets’ defense allowed only one more basket as the team ended up securing the win.

Mays led the Lady Hornets on the night with 20 points, followed by Frederica Haywood with seven points and Brown and Alegsha with six points each.

Jalen Green led the Lady Choctaws with 14 points.

JFK will play in the North Central Athletic Conference Tournament in Ruleville on Wednesday.