Class 3A Boys Recap: Velma Jackson claims fifth state title in seven seasons

Photo by Keith Warren/MHSAA.

The dynasty continues.

Behind a very balanced offensive attack and rebounding Velma Jackson ran past Holly Springs 59-44 to claim the MHSAA Boys Class 3A State Championship at the Mississippi Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

It is the Falcons (25-6) fifth state championship in school history and fifth state title in the last seven seasons.

“Our motto was finishing the job. The kids came out focus and we had a great day of practice yesterday and I saw it in their eyes they were ready,” said Velma Jackson head coach Chris Love. “We’ve played a bunch of big teams this year, so their size didn’t bother us, and we work on boxing out everybody and if you can box them out, they can’t jump over you.”

Velma Jackson jumped on Holly Springs early going up 15-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Falcons opened the second quarter on an 8-3 run to go to extend the lead to 23-9 and ended the first half up 29-16.

Holly Springs cut the Velma Jackson lead to 11 two different times in the third and fourth quarter, but that was as close as the Hawks would get.

Velma Jackson out rebounded Holly Springs 47-33.

“The thing with us is we are very balanced offensively,” Love said. “We had guys step up and Jordan did that for us today and I can’t say enough of how proud of him I am.”

Josh Lee had a game-high 15 points to lead Velma Jackson, while Jordan Harvey added 12 points and 18 rebounds for the Falcons and was named the game’s most valuable player.

This was Harvey’s first year of playing basketball. He is a standout receiver and safety in football.

“It was a tough game especially in a game like this you had to show up and I did,” Harvey said. “Coach told us that we were faster than they were, and it worked to our advantage. Having to come off the football field to play basketball was a big adjustment. I came out and worked hard and did what I had to do.”

Levaeon Griffin also had 12 points for Velma Jackson and Charlie Jones chipped in 11 points for the Falcons.

Cori Bell had 13 points to lead Holly Springs. The Hawks (23-10) were in the 3A state title game for the second straight year.