Laurel looks for fourth straight trip to state tournament

Laurel looks for fourth straight trip to state tournament

The Laurel High School boys basketball team has a special group of seniors that head coach Marcus Price hopes to send out on the right foot.

"The guys that we have that are seniors have been to Jackson the last three years. So we know what it takes to get there and we've had a certain amount of success just them playing hard and them playing together. We're looking forward to trying to finish what we start and that's our motto right now just finish," Price said Monday.

The Golden Tornadoes enter the region tournament Tuesday at West Jones with a 21-5 overall record with a 5-1 mark in district play. Last year, Laurel was an overtime period away from beating eventual three-time defending 5A state champion Callaway to advance to the state title game. A few of the senior leaders this year say they have what it takes to get over the hump this season.

Senior guard Shemar Keyes said Monday, "We've just got to stay humble work hard play as a team. Stick together as a family and go hard with each other." Fellow senior guard Ricky Holden echoed those sentiments. "Staying humble and working even harder because we didn't complete our mission. So we have to work even harder to complete the same mission that we missed last year."

The region 5-5A tournament begins Tuesday at West Jones High School.