What a way to go: McGehee boys basketball coach ends career with team's first title


Photographs by Thomas Metthe

McGehee forward DeWayne Railey (35) pulls down a rebound over Drew Central’s Travarus Shead during the fourth quarter of the Owls’ 52-49 victory on Friday in the Class 3A boys state championship game at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs. Railey finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.

HOT SPRINGS -- Jerome Pace is going out on top.

McGehee guard Zac Henry won MVP honors in the Class 3A boys championship game Friday after drawing a charge with 17 seconds left, then making the game...

McGehee’s Daryla Polite dunks the ball for his only points Friday during the Owls’ victory over Drew Central in Hot Springs.





The McGehee senior point guard scored 25 points on 8-of-21 shooting and was 9 of 12 at the free-throw line. He also had nine rebounds and three steals. He drew a charge with 13 seconds left, then made the game-winning layup with nine seconds remaining to break a 49-49 tie.


This was McGehee’s first boys basketball state championship. … McGehee defeated Drew Central four out of five times this season. The Pirates won the first meeting Jan. 26, but the Owls won the second regular-season meeting, then won in the 6-3A Conference and 3A Region 4 tournaments. … Attendance was 4,352. … McGehee outrebounded Drew Central 34-22 and had 20 offensive rebounds. … Owls junior forward DeWayne Railey finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.

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