Thursday, July 14, 2005

Holly High unbeaten at camp

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Holly Springs High School Hawks are perfect in team competition at Ole Miss this summer.

The Hawks went 4-0 Saturday in Oxford, repeating their performance from a couple of weeks earlier.

“Defensively, we improved from the first team camp,” said head coach Naylond Hayes, who has led Holly High to back-to-back Class 3A state crowns.

Games were comprised of two 16-minute halves with the clock running. The Hawks defeated four larger schools – DeSoto Central 46-15, Hernando 51-31, Columbus 36-20 and Searcy, Ark., 43-42.

Guard Clevin Hannah penetrated and sank a shot at the buzzer as the Hawks beat 6A Searcy in the final game of the team camp.

“That was a tight game,” Hayes said. “Searcy is a good team.

“That one helped us learn how to win the close games.”

Only two of his top six players return from last year’s state championship squad – Clevin Hannah and Brandon Ayers. Lost to graduation are Kenny Dawkins, Justin Nabors, DeUntral Mosley and Charles Johnson.

He said senior stars Hannah and Ayers, both seniors, played well on Saturday.

“They took over,” Hayes said.

He also complimented the play of 6’5” junior Clifton Rayford, who is expected to fill a hole in the middle for the defending state champions.

“He (Rayford) has really improved,” Hayes said.

The Holly High junior varsity team also competed in the team camp Saturday, winning two and losing two.

Hayes said some of the Hawks will be attending individual camp at Ole Miss the last week of July.

“This summer competition gives me an idea of what we have going into the season and what we need to put emphasis on,” Hayes said.


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