JACKSON, Mississippi — Frederica Haywood scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead John F. Kennedy past Pine Grove 39-34 to claim the MHSAA Class 1A girls state championship on Thursday night.
It is the Lady Hornets' first state championship in school history and capped a perfect 32-0 season. JFK didn't take its first lead until 35 seconds remaining in the game when Haywood made a layup to make the score 36-34.
Ieysha Mays and Jarvis Malone added six points each for JFK. It was the final game for Lady Hornets' coach Linda Allen, who is retiring from coaching after this season.
Aliyah Akins led Pine Grove with 20 points. The Lady Panthers finished 29-8 and were seeking their first state title since 1986.