Thursday, March 10, 2005

Holly High blasts Warriors by 35
  • Hawks to face Franklin County for state crown

Sports Editor

Even before the tipoff of the semi-final game to ultimately determine the best 3A team in Mississippi, some in the media were speculating on just which was the best team, period, in Mississippi.

Whether that argument will evolve into a solution remains to be seen; however, what would be resolved in Jackson’s Mississippi Coliseum Tuesday afternoon would be the opponent for Franklin County’s Bulldogs (24-7) in the final game of the Class 3A State Tournament.

Holly High controlled the tip but it was stolen away by a Choctaw Central Warrior who reaped two points from it. But Clevin Hannah shoveled a pass to Kenny Dawkins; then followed that with a trey from the right side.

The Warriors countered with a pair of threes and appeared ready to run with the defending state champs. But the Hawks’ two unstoppable guards snatched balls before they reached the hands of the Warriors, sent them to the post and quickly had Holly High out to an 11-point lead.

A lull had fallen over “The Big House” when DeUntral “Duke” Mosley missed a lay-in that was immediately followed with a slam by Justin Nabors. The Choctaw Warriors found themselves in a 39-21 rut when the intermission horn sounded.

Rebounding and post points allowed coach Naylond Hayes’ Hawks to leave the Warriors in the dust in the beginning of the second half. Another monster slam by Nabors made it 50-27 with 1:50 left in the third quarter. The Hawks would extend that to 52-28 as the frame ended.

The slams kept coming in the final frame and Coach scott Thomas called time for his Warriors at 3:54 with the score 60-32, but there seemed little chance to stop the bleeding.

The Hawks’ play continued to be methodical and fatal. After a final slam by Nabors, the Choctaw bench acquiesced and sent in all new Warriors to carry the final results to 72-37.

The quadruple players in double figures were led by Nabors with 25, followed Dawkins with 19, Hannah with 13 and Mosley with 12.

The high scorer for the Warriors, who finished 23-14, was Sean Ahshapanek with 13.

The Hawks (33-1), ranked No. 2 in The Clarion-Ledger’s Super 10 behind Class 4A Lanier, will move on for the repeat try on Friday at 8 p.m. Their foe in the 3A championship contest, Franklin County, beat Senatobia 84-68 in the semi-finals.

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