Honeybees Warren, Starnes sign college scholarships to play basketball

Greenville High School seniors Mary Starnes and Clarkaju Warren have been friends since preschool, and on Tuesday the two basketball stars decided to continue their friendship in college.

The pair, who help lead the undefeated Honeybees, both signed scholarship letters of intent to play basketball with Coahoma County Community College.

The two signed their scholarship papers in the Greenville High School library with both of their mothers by their sides. Greenville basketball coach Dakedreon Lampkin said he was really proud of the two senior stars.

“This day is a testament to their hard work,” Lampkin said. “They have been working on getting better for a long time, and they deserve to move on to the next level of basketball.”

While Warren and Starnes said they were excited about their college careers, the two both have some unfinished business to do with the history-making team they currently play on.

The 23-0 Honeybees, whose next game is scheduled for Friday night at Clinton, have been the talk of the town as they have dispatched one opponent after another. Players like Warren and Starnes say they are excited to be undefeated, and are now focused all of their determination on trying to bring the elusive state championship back to Greenville.

Warren, who has been called the ‘heart and soul’ of the team, leads Greenville with a 16.9 points per game average. She is also averaging more than seven rebounds per game.

Starnes, meanwhile, has provided a calming and leading voice to her team. Averaging almost 11 points per game and eight rebounds, Starnes is sure to provide a great boost to the Coahoma Community College basketball team.

While Warren and Starnes say their friendship has had its ups and downs through the years, the two both say they are grateful to have found someone they know will always be there for them.

“She always keeps her word,” Warren said of Starnes. “She is a true friend.”

Said Starnes, “Kay Kay is a loyal person. Everyone does not have a true friend like her.”