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Arrow basketball team advances to North Class 7A Quarterfinals

By Danny C. Davis

The Clinton Arrow boys basketball team won back to back titles in 2021 and 2022. This year, the Arrows are hoping to make it back to the Mississippi Coliseum – but they have to win another game to advance.

CHS finished third in Region 2-7A after defeating Germantown 47-41.

Next, the Arrows traveled north 185 miles on February 17 and defeated Horn Lake 65-47 to advance to the Class 7A North Basketball Quarterfinals, to be held at Mississippi Valley State University at Itta Bena on February 23 at 8:30 p.m. CHS will play arch rival Madison Central (MCHS) for the fourth time this season. The two teams split during the regular season, and MCHS won in the district Region match 44-36.

With the win over Horn Lake, the Arrows improved to 21-7 on the season.

A win against Madison Central will send the Arrows back to the Mississippi Coliseum for the championship tournament. The Arrows would meet the winner of Harrison Central and Brandon of Class 7A South.

Arrow head coach Lenard Taylor, who will be an assistant principal next year at Clinton High School, says he feels good about his team returning to the Mississippi Coliseum this season.
“We were up on Madison Central early in the Region playoffs, and then [we] went cold and couldn’t get a bucket,” said Taylor.

“We are looking forward to getting another chance to play them and a chance to go to the state tournament.”

At Horn Lake, the Arrows led 33-26 at the half, and then pulled away in the second half to outscore the Eagles 32-21 in the second half.

Trey Alexander, MHSAA Class 7 A Mr. Basketball 2023-2024, led the Arrows with 19 points, followed by Kari Hamilton with 12 points against the Horn Lake Eagles.

Clinton has been ranked all season in the Jackson Clarion Ledger Top 25. The Arrows were ranked 8th statewide in the last poll.

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