Lady Hornets advance to title game
by Donell Maxie
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John F. Kennedy’s Ieysha Mays (31) did a lot of great things with the basketball Saturday as she scored 31 points with 23 rebounds to lead the Lady Hornets to a 65-33 win over the McAdams Lady Bulldogs in the semifinals of the 1A State Girls Basketball at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
John F. Kennedy’s Ieysha Mays (31) did a lot of great things with the basketball Saturday as she scored 31 points with 23 rebounds to lead the Lady Hornets to a 65-33 win over the McAdams Lady Bulldogs in the semifinals of the 1A State Girls Basketball at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
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JACKSON — The John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets entered Saturday’s semifinal showdown with the McAdams Lady Bulldogs in the 1A State Girls Basketball Tournament undefeated here at the Mississippi Coliseum.

When the final buzzer sounded the mighty ladies of the blue and white were still unblemished as they blew past the Lady Bulldogs 65-33 to improve to 31-0.

Linda Allen, head coach for the Lady Hornets, said this group is a special group that knows how to win.

“Special, special, special,” Allen said. “To mix older girls with younger girls can be hard, but these players have bought in to what we are trying to do. To have a leader like #4 (Jarvis Malone) has been the key for us. These girls have been together since seventh grade running track and cross-country. They are close and they play like it.”

The Lady Hornets jumped out to a 15-5 first quarter lead, but the Lady Bulldogs climbed back in the game and took a 16-15 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

JFK picked up the defensive pressure, which forced several turnovers that led to easy baskets from Ieysha Mays and Jarvis Malone to help JFK take a 30-18 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The third quarter saw the Lady Hornets take over behind the play of the talented senior forward Mays who scored 12 points in the period to give the Lady Hornets a 50-23 advantage. JFK outscored McAdams 20-5 in the third quarter.

“Ieysha really settled down after the first quarter. I think the team was really excited at first and pressing a little too much,” said Allen.

The Lady Hornets continued their dominance in the fourth quarter as they pulled away to secure the victory and a shot at their state championship in the history of the program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against Pine Grove.

JFK shot 34 percent in the first half, but in the second the Lady Hornets came with it shooting 57.1 percent.

“We were missing a lot of shots early on, but we kept fighting. Our defense helped us settle down and we found a way to start hitting shots,” said Mays.

Mays led the Lady Hornets with 31 points, 23 rebounds and five steals, followed by senior center Frederica Haywood with 17 points and 14 rebounds and Latina Jones with five points and a team-high nine assists.

Haywood said her shot wasn’t falling early, 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.”