Thursday, November 24, 2005

Hawks knock off two larger schools

Sports Editor

The Holly High basketball teams traveled across the border on November 15 to do battle with Booker T. Washington of Memphis.

The Lady Hawks proved no match with the ladies from BTW, giving up 12 points to the hosts in the first quarter.

The Lady Hawks found some of their offensive game in the second quarter, scoring 10 points. But the BTW ladies tacked up 19 points to make the rest of the game a cake walk.

Holly High ended with 20 points total and no shooters in double figures.

BTW’s Valencia Tucker kept the heat on from the scoring angle, posting 22 points overall to assure the victory. Her teammate, Latrice Bryson, hit 10 to add to the final score of 55-20.

The Hawks never gave the Warriors a chance, jumping to a 33-21 advantage in the first half and really pouring it on in the second to keep their unbeaten record intact.

The Hawks’ Clifton Rayford is fast establishing himself as the big man in the middle. He had 20 points over the course of the game, leading a trio of other Hawks in double figures. One of those was the intrepid Brandon Ayers, who caressed the nylon for 18 points. Clevin Hannah and Dennis Hampton followed him with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

BTW’s Patrick Lee did his part with 19 points. He registered five treys in the loss.

The final score was 75-47 in favor of Holly High.

The Hawks teams were back at their home court on Thursday night, playing to another sellout crowd. The big cheering boost from the loyal fans did little to help the cause of the Lady Hawks, who had their hands full with the Lady “Q’s” from Olive Branch.

The 5A entry showed no mercy as they downed the Lady Hawks 62-23.

The Lady Conquistadors had only one shooter in double figures, but they exhibited a balanced attack which kept the Lady Hawks at bay. Nique Johnson led the victors with 10 points, but her supporting cast was tremendous. Eleven players posted scored in the game.

The Lady Hawks’ Tamecko Johnson led her team with 13.

The visitors had a 17-7 point lead when the first frame ended.

The Hawks were not in awe of their 5A opponents or their 3-0 record. They went to work immediately against a conservative strategy by the Conquistadors.

At one point during the contest the visitors double covered Clevin Hannah, but the elusive guard took it in stride and hit the cotton for 18 points. He also had time to dish out a half dozen assists.

He wasn’t the only Hawk doing it up brown. Brandon Ayers was busy blocking Olive Branch shot efforts (five in all) and throwing in a game-high 24 points. The already vociferous crowd was more elated when Ayers slammed one through in the waning minutes of the final frame.

The Conquistadors started the second quarter with a new strategy, posting Dujuan Davis low and giving him a steady feed. The Hawks countered with a tight zone defense, but Davis still hit six quick points before he was shut down.

In addition to the double spread of Hannah and Ayers, Jemorris Wilks hit 10 as did Clifton Rayford.

The Hawks finished off Olive Branch with a 71-42 final tally.

For the Conquistadors, it was Ronnie Pegues with 13 and Davis with 11.

Next up for the 7-0 Hawks and 1-6 Lady Hawks will be an away game in Aberdeen on Tuesday, Nov. 29, after the Thanksgiving week break. They will be taking part in the Bi-County Tournament at Northwest on December 1-3.

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