Thursday, December 15, 2005

Rosa Fort no trouble for Hawks

Sports Editor

The Lady Lions of Rosa Fort in Tunica brought a 10-0 record to Holly Springs on December 6 and put it up against the Holly High Lady Hawks.

Lady Lions Cristial Camper and Ronisha Whalen made it very clear from the outset that Rosa Fort was going to do all of the taming.

The Lady Lions didn’t hesitate to race to a healthy 18-5 score in the first frame and after that they coasted. They had Holly High in the hole 30-8 at the half.

The Lady Hawks had no experience to counteract the rebounding of Whalen or the playmaking of Camper.

When the latter was not pushing the ball down the sidelines for a speedy assist she was attacking the basket from the lane. She stuck 15 points over the course of the game. Whalen, who proved accurate from three-land, hit three treys in the game. She led all players with a total of 17.

The Lady Hawks were not very accurate from any distance. They didn’t have any shooters in double figures. The final score was 64-11.

The unbeaten Hawks, who seemed to be prepared for any foe this season, had little trouble dispatching the Lions. The 4-6 Lions are well aware of the Hawks’ reputation over the past two seasons and were expecting tough sledding.

They found out just how tough; when the first quarter ended, they had one point to the Hawks’ 20.

The Lions found some offense during the second quarter and managed to make a 33-14 showing by intermission.

Holly Springs’ Hawks controlled the tip, and Clifton Rayford stuck the first dagger, followed Clevin Hannah’s run straight up the middle in a constant assault on the opponent’s basket. Rayford was also clearing away all the leftovers and serving them up to the Hawks on the perimeters.

The Lions hung around but they never threatened. The crowd had quieted considerably in the third quarter until Brandon Ayers flew high over the basket with one of his “should-be-patented” dunks. And although the Hawks led by a healthy margin in the third (53-16), the attendees remained loud.

The Lions had two shooters in double figures, each scoring 13. Robert Ankston and Kevin Davis carried the Lions.

Brandon Ayers led the home team with 20. He was followed by Clevin Hannah with 16 and Jemorris Wilks rounded out the doubles scoring with 14.

The final score was 71- 30.

The Holly High teams were scheduled to play Potts Camp at home on Tuesday. They go to Independence Friday, and then host Booker T. Washington of Memphis on Saturday. Next Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Hawks and Lady Hawks host North Panola.

Incidentally, the game with Rosa Fort was the only one this season where there were a few empty seats left in the house.

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