With the win the Hawks improved to 2-2 with a 1-0 mark in Region 3-1A. The Hornets are now 0-5 with a 0-1 mark in the region.
"At halftime, we had to talk to the team about moving the ball better,” Hawks head coach Anthony Davis said. “The first game we played we only had eight assists and tonight we had a great 20 of them. The more you share the basketball the more points you will score.”
Kenji Peterson's Hornets jump out on the Hawks 4-0 to start the contest, which led to a quick timeout from Davis.
"I had to call timeout to make some adjustments and let them know you have to play hard at all time,” Davis said. “They were taking Mound Bayou lite at first, so I had to get on them to get them focus," said Davis.
Out of the timeout the Hawks brought full court pressure, which produced some easy baskets for the Hawks.
With about 3:00 left in the first the Hawks held a 15-13 lead and went on to outscore the Hornets 11-4 in the quarter for a 26-17 lead.
A basket from JKF's Kentrell Starks, Jr. started the second quarter, but a lay-up from Shaw's Chris Freeman answered that score. Octavious Taylor answered for the Hornets with a three-point basket to bring the score to 28-22 with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
With his team up only six points, Davis made a mass substitution and the decision proved genius as the team went on a 7-0 run with baskets from Malik Walker and Zedric Bass to give the Hawks a 35-22.
JFK responded with a six-point swing of their own with baskets from Taylor and Khalil Strickland for a 35-28 game.
The teams continued to battle and at halftime the Hawks held the advantage at 41-32.
The third quarter was the nail in the coffin for the Hornets as the Hawks outscored them 29-8 to take a 70-40 lead to end the third. In the fourth the back-ups played, but Shaw still managed to win the quarter outscoring the Hornets 13-7 for an 83-47 finish.
Bass led Shaw with 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, followed by Jermarquis Stimage with 19 points, Octavius Stimage, Malik Walker and Chris Freeman with eight points each, Andre Pruitt with five points, 12 rebounds and four steals and Fred Bryant with six points.
Taylor led JFK with 14 points, followed by Starks and Keandre Haywood with eight points each.
Shaw will travel to Dyersburg, Tenn. Saturday and play Ripley at 3 p.m. as part of The Big Deal Classic. JFK will host Coahoma County Friday.
JFK Girls 70, Shaw 18
It was all about the John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets’ defense on Tuesday as the team compiled 23 steals en route to a 52-point victory over the Shaw Lady Hawks. The Lady Hornets improved to 5-0 and 1-0 in Region 3-1A.
Ieysha Mays led the Hornets with 24 points, five rebounds and five steals, followed by Frederica Haywood with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, Aleghsa Haywood with 12 points and Latina Jones with seven points.
Mary Woods led Shaw with six points and Shakiyah Wadlington added four points in the loss.
The Lade Hornets will host Coahoma County Friday, and Shaw will be back in action on Monday when the team hosts Cleveland High.