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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No. 2 Horn Lake jumps into national rankings prior to Olive Branch game

Image and Article from Clarion-Ledger.com



The hype surrounding Friday's rematch of the 2014 girls Class 6A championship just got a little bigger.

Horn Lake (14-0) cracked USA Today's Super 25 for the first time this season, coming in at No. 13 after an undefeated start.

The Eagles, ranked No. 2 in The Clarion-Ledger's Super 10, travel to Olive Branch (18-1) on Jan. 16 for a showdown with the state's top girls basketball program.

Both teams met five times during the 2013-14 season with Horn Lake winning the last four meetings. After defeating the Conquistadors in the playoffs, Horn Lake beat its Region 1-6A opponent twice more en route to a state championship.

The matchup has no shortage of big story lines. Olive Branch boasts sophomore Dandy Dozen guard Myah Taylor, one of the most highly recruited players in the state, who is averaging 17.5 points, 8.1 assists and 4.5 steals per game. Freshman guard Mahogany Vaught, who led the Conquistadors to last year's 6A championship game as an eighth grader, currently averages 14.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Despite graduating former Dandy Dozen members A'Queen Hayes and Olivia Cunningham, Horn Lake hasn't experienced any shortage of talent. The Eagles are led by Delta State commit Alondrea Rush and Wright State commit Alexyse Thomas, two players named to The C-L's 40 seniors to watch.

For a second straight week, Olive Branch remains at No. 1 in the Super 10. The Conquistadors just missed USA Today's rankings and come in at No. 27.

Both teams are considered the favorites to contend for a state championship in 2015. Olive Branch and Horn Lake are undefeated in district play and face their biggest test of the season when they face each other at 6 p.m on Friday.

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