The Season

The 1966-67 team lost only three games, but two of those came after the playoffs had begun. There was a regular-season defeat by Caledonia, then losses to Mooreville (38-35) in the District 1 BB final and to Ingomar (69-65) in the BB girls North Half final.

The state BB girls championships were held in Prentiss. Hatley defeated Pelahatchie 39-31, defending state champion Bogue Chitto 69-38 and then avenged that earlier loss by defeating Ingomar 56-34 in the final.

Clara Hairston averaged 24 points in the three BB games, including 34 in the semifinals against Bogue Chitto. Pat Carter averaged 19.7 points, including 23 in the final.

Both of Hatley's Grand Slam wins were by razor-thin margins.

In the semifinals against Class B Hurricane, two free throws by Carter put her team ahead for good with 23 seconds left. Hurricane missed the front end of a one-and-one and then a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer.

Hairston scored 18 and Carter 14. Hatley went 10-of-14 at the free throw line, while Hurricane was 6-of-12.

The final against Magee went to overtime.

Hatley trailed by 7, but held Magee scoreless over the last 2:41. The Hatley defense "cut off the taller Trojanettes and forced them into errors," sports editor Bill Ross wrote in the Journal.

Carter tied it on a free throw at 31, rebounded her own miss but was called for traveling with 48 seconds left in regulation.

Magee missed a late shot. In the overtime, Magee controlled the opening tip and held the ball until a foul with 39 seconds left.

Hatley, trailing 32-31, rebounded a missed free throw and Hairston won it on a running jumper with 9 seconds left.

"Our youngsters did a real fine job," coach Harry Adair told the Journal.

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