Thursday, February 17, 2005

Three county teams win regions
 • Holly High dominates in 1-3A

Sports Editor

The top-seeded Holly Springs High School Hawks lived up to their high ranking in the Region 1-3A Tournament.

The defending state champs are tabbed second in the Clarion-Ledger poll among all schools in all classifications and first in Class 3A.

They beat two other talented teams, Ripley and Corinth, last week at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville to claim their second straight district crown.

The Hawks ontrolled the tip against Ripley, the fourth-ranked team in Class 3A, on Wednesday evening and made the first basket. The Tigers had a tenous lead for a brief moment then DeUntral “Duke” Mosley, who been sidelined with an injury, joined the fray with a vociferous approval from all of the Hawks’ traveling fans.

Clevin Hannah was fouled on a trey attempt and canned all three. Justin Nabors was at the line after sticking one from close in amnd suddenly the Hawks had a seven point lead. The period ended with a 18-11 score.

Holly High upped the ante and the point production in the second period, once going up by 15. The intermission found the Hawks ahead by 31-19.

When both teams returned to the floor, the Ripley Tigers went to a spread offense and the long ball and had some success, but the Hawks adapted well, handled the spread and still continued to put points on the board. They made the Tigers scratch and claw for every rebound. A pass which had three touches at the end of the third quarter was laid in by Nabors to give the Hawks a 17 point lead.

After that, coach Naylond Hayes rested the entire first string and allowed reserves to hold the lead and run the clock. The final score was 57-44.

Hannah led the Hawks with 19, Nabors was next with 16. Kenny Dawkins and Mosley had nine and eight, respectively.

Heavy hitters for the Tigers were Quin Williamson and Derrick Bailey with 10 each Rashad Conner with eight.

On Friday night, the Hawks were again in the finals against the Warriors of Corinth, the number three team in 3A. Coach Hayes has always said how much he respects the team from Corinth. He said the Hawks can count on the Warriors being well prepared.

And for the first few minutes of the championship game where the Warrors went up 8-2, it appeared that they really were ready. However, the Hawks have a knack for knocking early leads in the head and the teams earning them out of the box. And this time would be no different.

As the end of the first quarter was approaching, Clevin Hannah tied the game with a trey (as he is wont to do ), and the gears to the awesome Hawks scoring machine was put into motion. The first quarter belonged to Holly High by five points and the Warriors never really got up from their knees after that.

Kenny Dawkins sank a big “three” just before the halftime buzzer to put the Hawks up 35-19.

They conceded the third quarter to the Warriors (7-3), but went on to win by 20 points, at 52-32.

There were just two players on the floor in double figures, Justin Nabors for Holly High with 19 and Derrick Carpenter for Corinth with 18.

The Hawks were scheduled to host a North Half game on Tuesday evening against South Pontotoc.

With a win, they will host the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the North on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Lady Hawks eliminated

In a hard-fought contest between the Holly High Lady Hawks and the Lady Golden Bears of Alcorn Central, a game which saw Holly High controlling the points throughout the game, the Lady Bears ended up on the top end of the stick.

Holly High led the game by two (10-8) early on in the first. The lead had changed hands three times during that period. The Lady Hawks were having difficulty penetrating a tightly applied 2-3 defense.

Central switched it to a 3-2 after JoAnna Isom hit her second trey. However, the Lady Hawks were out front by eight at 23-15 at half time.

After the break, the Hawks let Central sneak back in and Chelsey Whitaker tied it with a jumper at 29. The third quarter ended on that note.

The final quarter was a defensive standoff until Catasha Boxley knotted it at the fre throw line. Ther Lady Hawks seemed to be really out of sync. Each time they tried to pass the Lady Bears, they were repelled.

The game was over with Central in command at 48-43.

Boxley led Holly High with 17, while JoAnna Isom had 11, Ebony Taylor had nine and Tremelanie McFadden hit four.

Misty Hartnell led Central with 12. Lacey Driver was next with with 10.

The Holly High Lady Hawks finished the season at 13-15.

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