LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - The Harrison Central Red Rebels enter the Class 6A State Basketball Tournament on the campus of Jackson State 1:30 Saturday afternoon.
The 23 and 7 Red Rebels are red-hot, having won 13 of their last 14 games.
What has been the spark that ignited Harrison Central to catch fire? One thing I noticed at Monday's practice was an aggressive approach to improving on all phases of the game... in preparation for Jackson Callaway.
From rebounding and layups... to banking the ball off the glass...to a quick paced offensive attack.
Head coach Boo Hardy says he knows what is the main reason for his Red Rebels success?
"We're playing good defense and I've been stressing that all year, "said Hardy. "At times when we needed a stop, the guys have been there to make the stops. When they make stops, they make plays on the offensive end."
Red Rebel players are ready for their next challenge,a goal of bringing back a State Championship title to Harrison Central. 2000 was the last time the Red Rebels reached the top of the mountain.
Josh Green said, "It's something we dreamed about when we were little kids in middle school. Now is the time we can finally make our dreams come true. So, we finally get on the big stage and now we've got to produce."
"We just come together everyday, "stated Anthony Barnett. "Play hard. We all know we've got one mission and that's to get to state. Do what our coach tells us to do, we can't help but win."
Coach Hardy says it would be sweet to bring back the Golden Ball to Lyman. It was 30-years ago this season, he along with his Gulfport teammates, including Chris Jackson, captured a State Championship.