Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hawks stay perfect with win over 5A Horn Lake

By CLAUDE VINSON
Sports Editor

The Horn Lake Eagles brought three teams to Holly High on Saturday.

Their junior varsity met and defeated the Holly High JVs by a score of 46-36.

The Lady Eagles and the Lady Hawks followed. Horn Lake controlled and struck first. That set the tone. The entire first quarter, the Lady Hawks’ scoring mobile appeared to be stuck in low gear. They gave up a 10-point lead to the Lady Eagles in the opening quarter (17-7). At the intermission, the score was still low at 20-29.

The Lady Hawks, who had made some errors which were momentarily costly in the first half, regained some of their composure. They managed to keep the points difference at the one digit level for a pretty good spread.

Both teams exhibited quickness throughout the contest and Ebony Taylor started a run which pulled the Lady Hawks to within five. To keep the rally alive, Katia Isom (perhaps playing her best game of the season) hit one in heavy traffic, She finished the three-point play the old fashioned way. She came back twice more with a pair of deuces to give the Lady Hawks their first lead in the contest, 37-35.

The Holly High audience was totally in it by this time. The noise level, high off the decibel charts, drowned out whistles, bells and buzzers.

The Lady Eagles halted the Lady Hawks’ game and crept out front again at the end of three by a score of 43-37.

The Lady Hawks didn’t give up, but they could not overtake the Lady Eagles again. The final score was 61-53.

Isom led Holly High with 16, followed by Taylor with 14 and Jackie Jones with nine.

The Lady Eagles’ effort was led by Monica Williams with 22, Jasmine Johnson with 16 and Erica Herndon with 15.

The crowd which witnessed the nightcap between the Holly High Hawks and the Horn Lake Eagles, saw something very rare for this season – an opponent scored first, a long three.

That said, it is an extremely bad sign for any Hawks’ foe when Brandon Ayers’ first shot of the game is a slam. The Hawks didn’t allow the Eagles another score for the remainder of the quarter.

The Eagles didn’t stop trying to fly with the Hawks. They had some weapons of their own and put them to good use in the second quarter which resulted in the score being just five points from being tied at 26-21.

Horn Lake took it down to a two-point deficit in the third quarter before Clevin Hannah went back to work from the three plateau. He also made a couple of swift attacks on the posts and the margin was back at 10.

The Horn Lake coach, whose harassment of the game officials was almost a harangue, was finally ejected from the game with 1:13 left in the third.

The act delighted the huge crowd almost as much as an Ayers dunk. The lead was 46-28 at the end of three.

The Hawks eased the pressure a little in the fourth quarter, sending the ball around and looking for the clean shot. They never were threatened by the Eagles in the final frame.

The Hawks added to their unblemished record with the 58-50 win. They’re 23-0 on the season and ranked number one in the state’s Super 10 by The Clarion Ledger.

Hannah led the way with 23. He had a total of four threes. Ayers had 13. Jemorris Wilks rounded out the scoring for the Hawks with nine.

Michael Pollard led Horn Lake with 16. Chris Taylor had 12.

The Hawks and Lady Hawks (3-20) have one more home game before hitting the road again. They were scheduled to play Water Valley on Tuesday of this week. They go to North Panola on Friday and then host M.S. Palmer Tuesday, Jan. 31. All three games are division games.


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