District Champs: Kaeden Laws sinks 3-pointer to beat OB

Sarah Claire Miller, Staff Writer

After two prior losses this season to Olive Branch, the Center Hill High School boys basketball team beat Olive Branch Feb. 15 for the District 1-5A championship. Kaeden Laws’ last-second 3-pointer pushed the Mustangs ahead of the Quistors, 49-48.

The next day on Twitter, Laws, who had a total of 16 points in the game, said he was giving all glory to God for the buzzer beater and victory.

“Coach told us not to give up and we came back from 10 points down in the 4th and won at the buzzer,” the 6-foot-4-inch small forward tweeted. “I love my team, I love our fans and we love our city. NOW LET’S GO GET THIS RING!!”

As they continue their journey to reach their goal of a state championship, the Mustangs had a first round bye and will play at home Feb. 23 in round two of the MHSAA playoffs. In the meantime, The Pony Express caught up with Laws, a CHHS sophomore, to ask him about the social media buzz – good and bad – that his game-winning shot created.

Q. What was going through your mind with the .3 seconds left on the clock?
A. I was thinking about where I could get to get my shot off and win this game.

Q. How badly did you want to beat OB?
A. I wanted to beat OB really badly because it’s the most we’ve prepared to beat a team as long as I’ve been here. At the beginning everything started going downhill with bad calls, but then coach brought us all together.

Q. What’s the next step?
A. I think we’re playing Saltillo next, but we will practice and watch film, practice some more, and keep getting better from there.

Q. What are your remarks on what people are saying about you scoring after the buzzer went off?
A. I don’t have nothing to say, but the trophy is ours.