Thursday, January 12, 2006

Top-ranked Hawks dominate Indians
• Lady Indians cruise to win

Sports Editor

The Holly High teams were on the road again on a cold Friday night for yet another intra-county rival game. This time it was with the county rival Indians and Lady Indians of Byhalia.

Lady Hawks vs. Lady Indians

The Lady Indians were holding a 13-6 record and two tournament victories already this season, and seemed to welcome the victoryseeking Hawks.

The Lady Indians’ Ashley Wilson hit a pair of treys to open up and Byhalia quickly jumped out to a 12-0 lead. They were moving the ball well, floating in and out of the lane.

Meanwhile, the Lady Hawks were being plagued by turnovers until the scoring drought was broken by Jackie LeSueur on a fast break.

Byhalia’s highly productive first half was closed out with a long three from forward LaDonna Thomas. The score was 33-9.

The third frame was similar to the first two, with the Lady Hawks managing only six points to move to 45-15.

The Lady Hawks, who refused to give up, were still hurting themselves with errant passes in the last quarter. Their offense just was not clicking.

The Lady Indians coasted to the 60-23 win, their 14th of the season.

Byhalia’s Wilson who hit a trio of treys, had a total of 16. Queanisha Cathey had 11 for the Lady Indians. No Lady Hawks reached double figures.

Hawks vs. Indians

This was another sold out contest before the first ball was hoisted. Actually, the “tickets only” contest was sold out before noon. There were hundreds turned away.

Everyone was anxious, as always, to see the game of Hawks versus Indians.

The game started with a blaze of speed. The Hawks didn’t connect on a couple of trey tries, but they hit some quick deuces. They had a 10-0 run before the Indians began contesting them.

Byhalia put up six points on the board and then the Hawks threw in 15 unanswered points. The first ended at 27-9.

Holly High scored 17 points and Byhalia scored eleven in the second period.

Coach Naylond Hayes, who had been substituting at will, started the second half with his Holly Springs starters.

Jemorris Wilks brought the crowd alive with his second left hand dunk of the night.

And the Indians kept pushing back in the third, even getting dunk of their own. They posted a man low and fed him a steady diet of balls. Cordell Jefferson kept sticking the quick hitters. But it was not nearly enough to counteract the Hawks’ steady run.

It is to the Indians credit and coaching that they never sheathed their tomahawks. The points weren’t there but the consistency was.

Near the end of the game, Holly High’s Brandon Ayers made an almost impossible dunk, taking a ball high over the basket and slamming it through. The Indians fell 72-48.

Jefferson had 22 for Byhalia (13-5) over the course of the game, and Adarryl Richmond added eight.

Clevin Hannah fuelled the Hawks’ attack with 30, aided by 18 from Wilkes and 13 from Ayers. Holly High stayed perfect on the campaign, at 18-0.


Holly High teams stay on the road this week – at fellow Class 3A foe Senatobia on Tuesday and at 5A Tupelo on Friday. Saturday, they go to 5A Olive Branch.

The games at Tupelo start at 5 p.m. with junior varsity boys. The varsity boys contest at 7:30 p.m. pits the Hawks, number one in the state’s Super 10, against the Golden Wave, eighth in the same Clarion-Ledger poll.

Byhalia teams hosted Potts Camp Tuesday. They go to Senatobia Friday and then invade Fayette-Ware, Tenn., on Monday night, Jan. 16.

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