Friday night's basketball contests were preceded by the Hall of Fame presentation for Judy Beaseley and the late Charles Womack. Beasley's No. 11 jersey was retired on a banner unveiled on the gym wall. Another banner, honoring the late Hawley coach Charles E. Womack was also unveiled.
The presentation was followed by two exciting games. The Bearcats and Lady Bearcats came out on the short end of each. Both teams played outstanding with determination and "Hawley Pride." The Lady Cats had a hard fought contest, leading for most of the game but falling behind in the last minutes of play. This game was a thriller with both teams playing a determined and strong game. However, Stamford closed the game with a 17 points run in the last 6 minutes of the game. Hawley only scored 7 points within this time. Sam Newton led the scoring with 12 points. Rylee Powell contributed 5, Hadlee Hicks, Makayla Easley, and Kyra Bailey scored 4 each, and Alison Brewer had 2 points.
Stamford 8 8 4 17--37
Hawley 10 9 3 9--31
The Bearcats lost a thriller that was tied at the end of every quarter until the Bulldogs pulled away in the last minute of play. With 6 ½ minutes left in the game, Hawley was leading, 37 - 36. Then the Bulldogs made a layup to pull ahead. At about 1 minute left in the game, the score was 45-44 with Stamford having the lead. Then, Hawley’s Saxon Jones scored which put Hawley with the edge at this point, but within this minute Stamford made five more points with the Bearcats only scoring 2 points. Also, with only 6 seconds left in the game, Stamford scored 2 points on free throws. That made the ending score: Stamford 52 Hawley 46. Brian Webster and Sylvester Gonzales had the high scores of 12 points each. Saxon Jones scored 8 points, Colton Stoker 7, Jarred Griffin 3, Cameron Kapke 2, and Rayden Fernandez 2. The Bearcats are now tied with Stamford at second in district with 7-2 record. Albany still leads the district with 8-1.
Stamford 13 12 9 18--52
Hawley 13 12 9 12--46