Thursday, December 22, 2005

County rivals split pair
• Hawks, Lady Cardinals take victories

Sports Editor

Both Cardinal teams from neighboring Potts Camp came to Holly Springs Monday of last week to renew their annual regular games with the Hawks.

The Lady Cardinals, playing in the 2A division, brought their 7-7 record to contest the young 3A Holly High Lady Hawks, with one win this season.

The game got off to a speedy start with the Lady Hawks showing more power than they had in some previous games. They were beating Potts Camp on defensive rebounds, but they were allowing the Lady Cardinals to clear the boards on the offensive end. The scoring was tight with the first quarter ending 10-7 in Potts Camp’s favor.

Both teams kept the pace in the second quarter but neither was having a lot of luck putting it through the nylon. However, each scored a little better than in the first quarter. The Lady Cardinals had a four-point lead when the bell ended the first half, at 22-18.

Returning to the floor, coach Kevin Harris’ Lady Cardinals, who have some reputation for outlasting larger schools, began to pull away halfway through the third. They had their biggest lead at 33-22.

The duo of Kenyotta Jenkins and Latrece Walker were pounding the ball in from every angle. They soon had a 41-26 mark that ended the quarter.

The lead kept ballooning in the fourth and had reached a 23 margin before Coach Harris sent in five reserves with 2:40 left. The game ended with a score of 55-37.

Walker earned high point honors with 24. Jenkins was close behind with 23.

The Lady Cardinals also hit about 65 percent of their attempts at the charity stripes.

Ebony Taylor led the Lady Hawks with 11. Katia Isom hit eight with a pair of threes and Katrina Cowan also had eight.

The Holly High Hawks pushed their seasonal record to 12-0 with their rout of the visiting Cardinals. The Cardinals’ record went to 9-6 on the season.

The crowd was in this one from the start. The tip went to Holly High.

Brandon Ayers pulled up at the top of the key to open the scoring door with a deuce; then Clevin Hannah came back and shot one from the parking lot that registered three. In the meantime, Potts Camp was still trying to get the shots to fall when the quarter ended at 33-9.

The second frame was pretty much a replay of the first with Hannah and Ayers still assaulting the basket at every turn. Head coach Naylond Hayes substituted at will, but it didn’t slacken the scoring process. Each replacement scored. The mark was 55-16 at halftime.

Shortly after the third frame started, Hayes removed all starters from the floor.

The scoring continued and by the time the third ended, the Hawks were out front 70-32.

When the final whistle blew, the Hawks had brooked another win to the tune of 89-41.

Jemorris Wilks led Holly High and the floor with 29. Ayers was next with 14. Dennis Hampton hit for 10, and JaJuan Porter also had 10. Hannah hit for nine. Ayers had four treys.

The Cardinals’ Eric Jackson had 13. Cobye Davis added nine.

The Holly High teams are scheduled to play on December 20 and again on December 30. The former will be a home game against North Panola and the latter on the road at Rosa Fort in Tunica.

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