Thursday, January 27, 2005

State’s top two 3A teams clash
• Hawks beat Corinth
Sports Editor

The Lady Hawks were trying to maintain their .500 winning status when they traveled to Corinth to take on the Lady Warriors in a division contest.

The Lady Warriors were two losses below the median at 8-10. The Lady Hawks were even at 10-10.

Corinth controlled the tip but it took three trips down the floor before they came away with the first basket. They played a methodical game after that, making it look easy to go to a 14-3 score at the end of the first frame.

Holly High did a slightly better job of pushing the ball in the second but they couldn’t keep the Lady Warriors out of the basket. They were also losing the tug of war on rebounding until Catasha Boxley entered the game for Holly High. The rebounding improved but the Lady Hawks were still chasing their foes when the half ended at 26-17.

The Lady Warriors moved back out to a 12-point margin on a trey at the beginning of the third. Then Boxley and Tremelanie McFadden changed the complexity of the game with four quick points, reducing the Corinth lead to single digits.

Boxley’s close in baskets from the paint kept the Lady Hawks in contention and her rebounding gave the Lady Hawks new looks. Boxley pulled Holly High within two with an old-fashioned three and it was tied seconds later on a lay-up by Jackie LeSueur.

With the lead changing hands constantly in the last quarter it came down to a war waged at the charity stripe. And it continued into overtime with the Lady Warriors making 14 of 25 and the Lady Hawks shooting 11 of 17.

The Lady Warriors won the overtime battle and the game at 56-52.

Erica Grayson led the Lady Warriors with 16 and 20 rebounds. Bianca Hill followed with 14.

Boxley paced Holly High with 24 points and 16 rebounds. McFadden threw in 10.

The Hawks faced their nemesis with no loss records in division. The Hawks were 3-0 with an overall of 18-1 and the Corinth Warriors 1-0 and 19-3 overall.

The hosts were hoping to match up favorably with the Hawks. After all, most polls had them rated one and two in the Northeast, and The Clarion-Ledger had them one and two in the state in Class 3A.

And the Warriors did show their strengths in the first quarter, staying close to the Hawks with a slackened pace which netted them a 9-8 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

In the second to counter the slowed pace, the Hawks mounted a bruising attack. They used a pressure defense which forced the Warriors to abandon the spread offense and try to jockey for any kind of shot. The Hawks used trapping maneuvers which caused turnovers which the Hawks turned into points. When the first half ended it was 34-21, Holly High.

The Warriors deserve their ranking but they had no remedy for the high-reaching rebounding of DeUntral “Duke” Mosley as he cleared the boards at both ends. His outlet passes were crisp and accurate. In a matter of minutes the Hawks had a 16 point lead and were 49-29 at the end of three.

The Warriors tried desperately to catch up in the fourth and went to the three ball. This meant putting the ball in the hands of Derrion Campbell as often as possible. Campbell hit five treys in a series and had a total of 17, the only shooter in double figures for Corinth.

The Hawks coasted to 64-42 win in a game that saw few fouls.

Hawks speedster Kenny Dawkins led the way with 18. Justin Nabors had 15, Mosley had 13 and Clevin Hannah had 10.

Hawks, Lady Hawks Sweep Horn Lake In Away Game

The Lady Hawks pulled their season record back to the .500 mark last Friday night during their trip to the home of the Horn Lake Lady Eagles.

They gave up both the first two quarters to the Lady Eagles nd didn’t bounce back until the very last frame.

They still trailed Horn Lake by three points going into the fourth. Their defense turned the tide, allowing them to score just four points.

It was just enough to wipe away the three point deficit and win by one point in regulation at 75-74.

JoAnna Isom led the way with 22 with Catasha Boxley pitching in 17 and Ebony Taylor hitting for 16.

The Lady Eagles were led by Erica Herndon with 23. Keisha Henderson shot 20 and Shawn Harris rounded out the double figures scoring with 11.

The Hawks’ game with the Eagles left little doubt about the outcome even in the first quarter. It was the only frame in which the Hawks allowed the Eagles to post a double digit score. The 26-15 opening score set the devastating tone for the remainder of the game.

The Hawks, led by Kenny Dawkins’ 17, coasted to the lopsided 81-40 victory.

Justin Nabors was second with 16, and Brandon Ayers was third with 15. Ayers also had nine steals, eight rebounds and four assists over the course of the game. Clevin Hannah hit 12.

For the hosts it was Ronald Kennedy with 12 and Dane King and Ken Wilkins with 10 apiece.

The Hawks, who still enjoy a high state ranking, moved their record to 20-1 with no division losses.

They were scheduled to play the Blue Devils of Ashland at home on Tuesday, and then will play another home game against division foe Ripley on Friday.

Next Tuesday, Feb. 1, Holly High teams invade Potts Camp.

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