Senior night delight

Published 9:54 pm Friday, January 29, 2010

Charles Henderson’s senior class went out in style Friday night, knocking off Enterprise 51-37 in the Trojans’ final home game of the regular season.

“It was a good win for us,” said CHHS head coach Carl Hollis. “The kids played real hard. You could tell it was big for them, especially with it being senior night.”

The Trojans led most of the game, but used an impressive fourth quarter defensive effort to pull away from the visiting Wildcats.

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CHHS led 38-36 coming into the final quarter, but was able to outscore Enterprise 13-1 in the quarter.

Enterprise did not score from the field, with its only point coming off a Rhett Harrelson free throw.

Hollis said after the game the Trojans knew they had to change their defensive strategy in the second half.

“We just changed our defense,” Hollis said. “Rhett Harrelson is just a good shooter. He’s a real smarts hooter. He’s just a sophomore, but he doesn’t play like it. We knew if we sat back in zone, he would have shot us out the gym. We had to make him give up the basketball.”

Also big in the second half was the play of senior Jaquani Toney. Toney scored 12 points, all in the second half, and all coming off of drives to the basket.

Junior Michael Zackery, who led CHHS with 14 points, joined Toney in double figures.

Senior Mitch McLeod came up with nine points, 10 rebounds and three steals while bringing energy off the bench.

McLeod came up with several impressive hustle plays throughout the game, something he credited to his coach.

“Coach has kind of been on me lately,” McLeod said. “He just wanted me to play harder tonight, especially since it was senior night. We just came out and had intensity, you could almost feel it in the air.”

The Trojans found themselves in serious foul trouble in the first half, as Enterprise was in the bonus by the 1:04 mark in the first quarter.

Despite the foul woes, the Trojans were able to build a 26-21 lead heading into the break before eventually going on to victory.

The win was especially sweet for the Trojans’ six seniors – Toney, McLeod, Jabari Brown, Melvin Sanders, Gerard Pollard and Mike Jones.

“It feels good to go out on top, especially since we were at home and we had a big crowd here to watch us,” McLeod said. “I’m just glad we got it for us seniors, and all our teammates, really.”

For Hollis, however, every senior night is somewhat of a bittersweet moment.

“All the seniors contributed for us, and they played real hard tonight just like they have done all season,” Hollis said. “As a coach, you hate for it to be the last game, especially when you’re losing a group of guys like this one But, we just wanted to send these guys out with a win since it was senior night.”

CHHS will have one final tune-up before the area tournament begins when it travels to Jeff Davis Tuesday.