1972 HATLEY GIRLS

The Season

n Hatley opened the playoffs by winning its fifth consecutive District 1 BB title, beating Belmont 50-37.

Cornelia Ward (21) and Wanda Hairston (19) outscored Belmont in that victory.

Hatley opened the Class BB North Half with wins against Winona (39-30) and a first-year school, North Pontotoc (41-28).

Hatley held big halftime leads in both of those games -20-11 against Winona and 22-10 against North Pontotoc.

But the Tigerettes lost in the BB North finals, 43-41 to Belmont, after leading 23-16 at halftime. Hairston scored 17.

Hatley then successfully defended its 1971 state title, with wins against Decatur (62-31), Mendenhall (40-26) and North Pontotoc (45-26).

North Pontotoc trailed 19-13 at halftime but fell behind 33-17 after a big third quarter for Hatley.

Ward averaged 16.7 points in the three North Half wins, including 25 against Decatur.

The Grand Slam opener in Jackson was a nail-biting 35-33 win against Ingomar. Hairston provided the winning margin on two free throws with 9 seconds left in regulation.

Debbie Dill led the winners with 13 points.

Hatley outscored Ingomar 11-5 in the final period. Ingomar missed a final shot before the buzzer.

In the Grand Slam final, Hatley defeated the defending girls champion, South Panola, 45-38.

Hairston led the way with 17 points. Ward scored 14 and Pam Vaughn 11.

South Panola has lost only one in 38 pevious games coming into the Grand Slam final.

And there was cause for future optimism in Hatley, as the Journal noted, for the squad would lose only two seniors for the 1972-73 season.