Thursday, December 22, 2005

Top-ranked Hawks improve to 14-0

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Holly Springs High School Hawks have received an early Christmas present.

The two-time defending Class 3A state champions are ranked number one in The Clarion-Ledger’s Super 10.

“That’s great,” said head coach Naylond Hayes, when questioned about the top billing among all of the state’s schools in all classifications. “We’ve never been rated number one. That’s history.

“I think we’re pretty tough. We think we can win it (the 3A state championship) again.”

Behind Holly High in the top five of the Super 10 are Lanier, Provine, Piney Woods and Gulfport, in that order.

The high-flying Hawks improved to 14-0 over last weekend with decisive victories over Independence and Booker T. Washington.

Five players scored in double figures in an 81-55 rout of Independence on the road Friday night.

Leading scorers were Brandon Ayers with 22, Clevin Hannah with 20, Jemorris Wilks with 11 and Antonio Isom and Daniel Burton with 10 each.

The Hawks really poured it on in the second quarter, outscoring Independence 25-7.

Holly High offense remained in high gear Saturday night. The Hawks almost hit the century mark as the pounded Booker T. Washington 98-57 at home.

The Hawks actually trailed 16-12 after one quarter. Then they outscored the Warriors 60-26 in the second and third quarters.

Hannah was the top gun. He scored a season-high 34 points, including five “threes.” Brandon Ayers tossed in 18, including a spectacular dunk off an assist from Hannah. Wilks and Clifton Rayford followed with 13 and 11, respectively. Hampton had nine.

“We still have some things we need to work on, especially on defense,” Hayes said.

“Offensively, we’re happy. Some of the newcomers just need to develop confidence. If we get our big man (Rayford) in the middle to be more aggressive on both ends of the court, I think we will be pretty solid.”

Lady Hawks

The young Holly High Lady Hawks earned win number two of the season last week, 43-40 over Independence.

Ebony Taylor gunned in 16 points, and Jackie LeSueur added nine. Seven Lady Hawks scored in the road victory.

The Lady Hawks then lost a 72-53 decision at home Saturday night to Booker T. Washington.

Taylor was agin the leading scorer for Holly High (2-12) with 22 points. LeSueur followed with 13, and Katia Isom scored 11.

The Lady Hawks trailed 16-13 after one quarter, but the Lady Warriors went on a big 22-4 run in the second period.

Schedule

The Hawks and Lady Hawks were slated to host North Panola on Tuesday night of this week. They then travel to Tunica Rosa Fort on Friday, Dec. 30.

“All of the teams are going to improve (in the second half of the season),” Hayes said. “Hopefully we will improve. If we come to play every game, I think we will be pretty good.”


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