Hornets, Lady Hornets relishing district titles
HATHAWAY – It’s taken over 40 years, but the Hathaway High School Hornets and Lady Hornets are kings and queens of district 6-B basketball, and the community, school and students couldn’t be more excited. The Hornets knocked off Episcopal School of Acadiana 42-40 on Tuesday to wrap up their title in thrilling fashion, while the girls’ claimed the crown by un-seating traditional power Lacassine on their home floor last week. The two teams will end their regular season tonight when they host Bell City. Both squads are looking to finish the district campaigns undefeated.
With a pair of new coaches at the helm of both programs in Carlo Maggio for the Hornets and Courtnee Hollins Young for the Lady Hornets, both expressed their gratitude and excitement for the community and school as a whole.
“This has really been a humbling experience for me. This is the fourth head coaching job I’ve had and I’ve never been welcomed into a place like I have here in Hathaway,” said Maggio. “I knew we had talent when I got here, but after talking to the boys when I arrived, it kind of seemed like it was a house divided. We wanted to come in here and create a culture of family, and our motto has just been “Win the Day”. The kids have bought into that and keep grinding every day.”
“This is not about me at all, I have a group of kids, assistant coaches and a manger that work their tails off every day to get us better,” added Maggio. “We have talked every day about playing faceless opponents and trusting the process. Cody Guidry, Chip Guillotte and Kade Andrews are guys that serve as assistants for no money. They do it because they love the game and this team. I also have the best manager anyone can ask for in Matthew Savoy. This guy is amazing, and he works his butt off to make sure everything is just right.”
The Hornets head into tonight’s game sitting at No. 2 in Class B with a 28-2 record, but the title was already secured on Friday by defeating ESA for the second time. Senior Trenton Guidry talked about what the title meant to him, his teammates,and the atmosphere around the tiny community nestled just 9 miles north of Jennings.
“Hearing that buzzer go off and having that feeling was something I may never feel again in my life,” said Guidry, who hit the floor in tears after the victory was complete. “I had fouled out early in the fourth quarter, but I just told my teammates that I love y’all and finish this one for me. We are that close; coach Maggio has made us into a family and we have totally bought into what he has taught us.”
“We knew coming in that the expectations were high because we had everyone returning, but we weren’t as much of a family as we are now,” added Guidry. “ We bought into coach Maggio right away. The motivation from the coaching staff is amazing and it has pushed us to become better every single day. To make a run to the Top 28 would be amazing and we want to hang a banner up there on that wall, but we have stuck with the idea of “Win the Day” and we want to take care of business one game at a time.”
Like their boys’ counterparts, the Lady Hornets welcomed a new face into Hathaway in former Fairview High School standout Courtnee Hollins Young, who replaced longtime head coach James Welch. With a trio of talented seniors in Paige Troutman, Sydney Augustine and Mallory Compton waiting in Charles Groth Gymnasium for a breakout season, Young brought her fast-paced, up-tempo style with her from her playing days at Fairview. Although the Lady Hornets were never known for that style of play, Young explained the transition has been embraced by her club.For the complete story and more local news, please subscribe to Jennings Daily News by clicking subscribe or by calling 337-824-3011.
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