SHELBY — The Broad Street Lady Jaguars have suffered only two losses on the season.
One loss came to the Cleveland Central Lady Wolves in the Bolivar County Tournament 47-46. The other was a 41-36 loss to the John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets on Dec. 15.
The JFK loss gave the Lady Jaguars their first loss of the season and their first Region 3-1A loss.
On Friday, Lady Jaguars head coach Darnell McNeal and his squad had the chance to avenge that loss at home and did just that with a 52-40 win.
Broad Street is now 12-2 on the year with a 3-1 mark in the region. JFK fell to 6-10 overall with a 4-2 mark in the region.
“I didn’t have to get them motivated because like any team we were looking for an undefeated season, but Mound Bayou took care of that,” said McNeal.
“When they beat us it was like the stars aligned for them perfectly where we couldn’t hit a layup, jump shot or a free throw, but tonight we used that as added motivation to get ready for this one,” he added.
Broad Street held a 12-10 lead after the first quarter, but in the second quarter after JFK’s Tanzania Lloyd made a free throw to shrink Broad Street’s lead to 12-11, the Lady Jaguars answered with a 12-0 run sparked by two back-to-back three point baskets from Jekeija Hemmingway for a 24-11 lead. The Lady Jags led at halftime 32-17.
The Lady Hornets established their inside game in the third quarter as they fed Cierra Branch who scored the team’s first eight points in the quarter, but the Lady Jaguars were still able to close out the quarter with a 39-27 lead.
Broad Street led 45-29 in the fourth, but JFK started to chip away at the lead to get the deficit down to 45-38, but Hemmingway scored on a layup and then knocked out three free throws while Jamya McAroy added a score to give Broad Street a 52-38 lead. A late basket from Branch made the final score 52-40.
“We out played them tonight because we put ourselves in position. Tonight, was one of those stepping stones to get where we want to be. Mound Bayou played well tonight, but this time we were up for the challenge. We decided to be the hunter instead of the hunted and that’s our mentality for the rest of the year,” McNeal added.
Hemmingway led all scorers with 21 points. McAroy added 14 and Tonniesha Bell chipped in with eight to aid Broad Street.
Branch led JFK with 11 points with eight rebounds, followed by Tanielle Woods and Deanna Thompson added 10 points each.
JFK will return to court on Tuesday to host Rosa Fort, while Broad Street will be back in action on Saturday to host Clarksdale.