Thursday, January 20, 2005

Holly High sweeps opponents

Sports Editor

The Lady Hawks faced the Lady Tigers of South Panola on January 11 and moved their season record to 8-9.

Prior to the start of the game, the Junior Air Force ROTC trooped the colors. Heretofore, the colors were always presented before the beginning of the boys’ contest.

Anyway, the act must have had an impact on the Lady Hawks because they went out and jumped on 9-7 Panola, engaging them in a defensive struggle which eventually ended in a 55-50 Lady Hawks’ victory.

The Lady Hawks kept a thin lead through most of the first half although they were not very productive from the charity stripe. This partially accounted for the 18-16 half time score.

The push was on in the third quarter to see who would be in control going into the last frame. The Lady Hawks had moved out to a four-point lead early on but the Lady Tigers kept surging back.

Ebony Taylor came up with the answer with one of her treys to close the third that gave Holly High the four-point margin at 33-29.

The scramble for court superiority continued in the fourth, with the lead changing back and forth. Tremelanie McFadden and Taylor charged the basket from the right side and at one point it appeared to be raining threes. This proved to be the thorn in the Lady Tigers’ paw. Within a two minute span the Lady Hawks had a 53-47 lead with 1:06 left.

A long trey by Saraka Chapman cut it to 55-50 and the visitors got five consecutive looks but came up empty each time.

McFadden paced the victorious hosts with 24. Taylor had 14 and JoAnna Isom came in with 13.

Chapman led the visitors with 11 followed by Shanica Williams with 10.

The Tigers seemed to be a bit in awe of the host’s record. They started with a stalling and cautious offensive set. It kept the score low but it didn’t help their cause much. The Hawks were patient as they picked the ball and turned fast break points.

This didn’t happen right away. The Hawks led by just two points for half of the first quarter. They slowly built the margin to 17-5 by the time the first quarter ended. They had almost doubled that at intermission, leading 33-17.

The Tigers came out with a different look to start the second half. They had abandoned the spread offense, however, they were still being cautious while Holly High continued to stack points. They were out front 42-27 after the third frame.

Panola had its best quarter in the fourth but it was not enough, however, they had one redeeming factor, Derrick Morgan. He had seven treys over the course of the game for his team’s scoring honors.

Clevin Hannah led the Hawks with 19. Justin Nabors threw in 15, and Brandon Ayers pitched in 11.

The win gave the Hawks their 17th victory of the season and moved their record to 17-1. The final score was 63-41.

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