Thursday, April 13, 2006
Top women’s teams square off
By CLAUDE VINSON
There is basketball being played in yet another venue in the area. The Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Department had a short season of women’s basketball. There were six teams participating at the Multi-Purpose Building.
You won’t see players like those in the WNBA, but you will see some familiar names and faces. For instance, names such as Cassandra Faulkner, Shelia (Barksdale) Walton, who led the Lady Hawks of Holly High in yesteryears, and Mary LeSure, who was an outstanding performer with the Lady Bearcats of Rust College.
One will also see some contemporary players like Maesha McAdory, formerly of the Coldwater Lady Cougars, and Tamara Richard, who played for the Lady Blue Devils of Ashland, and of course, the Taylor sisters, Nakita Taylor, who starred at Holly High and Northwest, and Monet Taylor.
These two teams had the best records going into the last games of the regular season.
The Houston Ballers, playing out of Oxford, had a perfect record of 7-0 and the Mr. Chic Divas were 5-2.
These teams squared off on Thursday night, March 30, at the Multi-Purpose Building.
The Divas were looking to hand the Ballers their first defeat, and the Ballers were trying to see that this didn’t happen.
The Divas’ Nakita Taylor opened with a trey, but the Ballers had a couple of speedsters who ran the floor and hit a pair of deuces at full pace. A few trips and the Divas were back 12-5.
A time out was taken and the Divas came back and unveiled their “run and gun” game behind Taylor. It wasn’t long before they pulled to within two at 16-14.
The Ballers made another push, getting some quick points from Maesha McAdory to go to intermission with a 24-18 difference.
The second half was not any kinder to the Divas. They fell prey to some accurate shooting by the Ballers. The pace really picked up and the Ballers’ three-point specialists kept plying their trade. It wasn’t long before the Ballers had put 17 points between themselves and the Divas.
The Ballers went on to remain undefeated at 46-31.
Sheba Crane led the Ballers with 11; McAdory had 10; Stacy Malone had eight; Bernadette Sayles and Portia Blackmon had six each.
Nakita Taylor led the Divas with 13. They also got points from Tamara Richard, six, and three from Sheryl Vaughn.
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