Senath-Hornersville's Zach Johnson pushes the ball past Hayti's Maurion Newbill.
Hayti's No. 32 Brandon Burden eyes the basket.
Hayti led contest 18-13 at the end of the first quarter before it outscored Senath-Hornersville 22-2 in the second period to increase its lead to 40-15 at halftime. Hayti concluded the game by outscoring the Lions by single digits in the third and fourth quarters.
"They are the best team in our district hands down," Senath-Hornersville coach David Heeb, who has coached multiple teams to the state final four, said. "They went to state for a reason last year. Four of their kids this year were a big part of that last year. We are really young and it's kind of a baptism by fire for our young kids. I thought we competed really hard three of the four quarters, but obviously the second quarter they just destroyed us. We missed a lot of easy shots. All that is is we need more time in the weight room and we need to eat some more steak and potatoes.
"We'll get there," Heeb continued. "We've got a good group of kids that work hard."
Hayti, which beat Kennett in the championship of the Bootheel Conference Tournament last season, improves to 3-0 in regular-season conference play with a 30-point win against the Lions. Hayti also recorded a 61-59 conference win against Portageville on Dec. 7 and a 53-47 conference win against South Pemiscot on Dec. 7.
Senath-Hornersville's Kyle Moore defends Hayti's Frankie Burden Jr.
Taylor said he thought his team's intensity improved after the first quarter Tuesday.
The Indians went on a 18-0 run in the first half to push its lead from 14-13 with 49 seconds left in the first period to 32-13 with 3:13 left in the first half.
"I told the guys to 'pick up the intensity,'" Taylor said . "Our defensive intensity was not where I wanted it to be the first quarter. We let them move the ball easily and get it in positions to score. They've got kids that can shoot the ball. That Moore kid can drain it from anywhere. We didn't do a good job with communicating with each other early. We talked about that, picked up the intensity and got the momentum in our favor the second quarter."
All 32 of Hayti's field goals were 2-pointers. Hayti was eight of 20 from the free-throw-line.
"They really cannot shoot," Heeb said of Hayti's offense. "No disrespect to Hayti. I'm sure they would tell you the same thing. We packed it in and they missed shots. We didn't get the rebound. I tell the kids 'it doesn't do any good to dare them to shoot if you are going to let them get two, three or four shots."
Hayti's Frankie Burden Jr. and Demetrius Luster go after a pass by Senath-Hornersville's Shane Crawford.
"I am kind of disappointed we went 0 for 15 from the 3-point line," Taylor said. "But we took quality shots. They just didn't fall. They did such a good job rebounding it was OK to shoot it. We got rebounds and stuck it back in the hole. Frankie and Demetrius did a great job inside tonight. Even Michael and Brandon later on down the line. I want to play inside-out instead of outside-in."
Heeb identified one player on Hayti's roster he would put on the all-state ballot.
"They are really good," Heeb said. "I think they are better than they were last year and they finished third in the state last year. If I get a vote Newbill is an all-state guard. He's as good as any guard in the Bootheel of Missouri. I would put him against anybody. Plus he's a great kid and great competitor. When I was at Caruthersville we would beat Hayti bad and win or lose Newbill's a great kid that is a heck of a player."
The Lions tallied nine 2-pointers and six 3-pointers.
Kyle Moore hit a team-high four treys for Senath-Hornersville on his way to a team-high 22 points.
Hayti's Demetrius Luster (right) head to the locker room at halftime.
"Kyle is having a good year," Heeb said. "He's our leading score. Our two top scorers are freshmen this year. It's just a maturation process for our kids. We have to grow up, get a little tougher, stay in the weight room and take each game as a lesson. I tell the kids all the time 'I don't want to lose the game, but if we have to lose the game we better not miss the lesson.'
"Tonight the lesson is stop the run," Heeb added. "When they are on a run you cannot just keep shooting jump shots. You've got to go find a lay-up or free throw. You've got to stop the run. Tonight we did a bad job of that in the second quarter. We did a better job of it in the second half. Hopefully, it's something we will get better at as we go forward."
Hayti's Maurion Newbill makes a pass.
Hayti has received the No. 3 seed in the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament. Hayti is back in action Dec. 26 when it takes on No. 14 seeded Saxony Lutheran at 12:30 p.m. in a first-round contest at Bloomfield.
"I like the way we are playing for the most part," Taylor said. "We have a few things we need to clean up like every other team, but I like our tempo and chemistry right now. We are playing well. I'm just sad the tournament is not a little sooner. I don't know if I like the down time so much. But we are going to take a few days off and get a few injuries taken care of before the tournament.
"We always practice Christmas night," Taylor continued. "For some reason they want to practice. We'll be ready to go on Dec. 26 after practice."
Senath-Hornersville's record currently stands at 3-8. The Lions are 0-2 in regular-season conference play. Senath-Hornersville's other conference loss was a 96-62 decision at Caruthersville on Dec. 6.
Hayti's Kenyatte Brooks takes the ball to the hole.
"This is the worst schedule I've ever had as a coach," Heeb said . "It's bad for two reasons. No. 1 you have so many games and No. 2 you don't have enough time to practice. That's bad for any team, but especially a young team. We need one game a week right now and four or five practices. We had three weeks in a row where we had three games in four nights. Having the Christmas break will give us a chance to fix us. We really need that right now as young as we are.
"But I'm really proud of these kids," Heeb continued. "Our record is not what it should be right now. We should be something like right at .500, but it's not from a lack of effort. We just have to finish better and rebound better. In a couple of years after meat, potatoes and the weight room we will finish our shots and hand some of these whoopings back out."
The Hayti bench receives instruction during a timeout. [Order this photo]
HHS 18 22 17 15 - 72
SHS 13 2 13 14 - 42
HAYTI (72) - Kenyatte Brooks 4, Maurion Newbill 18, Michael Thomas 6, Karnard Humes 12, Brandon Burden 9, Demetrius Luster 7, Frankie Burden Jr. 16. FG 32, FT 8/20, F 12. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)
SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (42) - Zach Johnson 6, Kyle Moore 22, Shane Crawford 3, Austin Autry 4, Alex Oltman 5, Juan Castillo 2. FG 15, FT 6/11, F 14. (3-pointers: Moore 4, Johnson 2. Fouled out: Oltman)