SHAW— Round two of the State 1A Basketball Playoffs for the Shaw Hawks (22-9) and Lady Hawks (15-16) was impressive with both teams facing and defeating the Sebastopol Bobcats and Lady Bobcats here Friday.
The Lady Hawks had a tough contest but made defensive stops in the final two minutes that help prevail them to a 57-44 win.
The Hawks dominated their contest from start to finish and dismissed the Bobcats with a 63-36 final.
Both Shaw teams now advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs, which are set to be held at Pearl River Community College on Thursday in Poplarville, Miss. The Lady Hawks will take on Sacred Heart at 5:30 p.m. and the Hawks will play Bolivar County rivals, the Ray Brooks Tigers, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Ricky Lunford, head coach of the Lady Hawks, said they focused on defense because he thought he had more depth.
“We came out in a man-to-man because we have the depth to do that. We wanted to take away the outside shot so playing that way was our best bet,” Lunford said.
“We had to go to the zone because we got into foul trouble when the girls started getting lazy and not moving their feet and boxing out. We got out of character, and it allowed them to get back into the game,” he added.
The Lady Hawks led the Lady Bobcats 14-4 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Shaw led Sebastopol 25-12 with 2:42 remaining in the first half.
The Lady Bobcats outscored the Lady Hawks 12-3 the rest of the way to go into halftime trailing 28-24.
The Lady Hawks led 41-36 at the end of the third and although the Lady Bobcats got as close as three points with three minutes left in the game, the Lady Hawks did not lose focus and closed the game out strong with a 14-2 run.
Katelyn Coleman led the Lady Hawks with 21 points, followed by Zoe Feltson with 12 points, Shakenya Cooper with eight points, Jakhiaya White with seven points and Kimbraya Rose with five points.
On the boys side, the Hawks never trailed and never lost control of a game where they led 20-4 after the first quarter and 35-12 at halftime.
Montrelli Finley, Jr. led the Hawks with 15 points, followed by Jamarion Walker with 14 points, Jelani Johnson with 11 points and Orlando Truss with six points.