Thursday, January 26, 2006

Holly High splits with Wildcats

By CLAUDE VINSON
Sports Editor

The Lady Hawks faced the team which they had defeated at the very beginning of the 2005-2006 basketball season - the Independence Lady Wildcats.

The LadyKats appeared to be a much improved team. They opened with a running game and had the Lady Hawks at a disadvantage early, although the Lady Hawks seemed to match up well with their opponents.

The Lady Hawks’ offensive game didn’t catch fire in the first period and they were outscored 19-11. They tried a different tack in the second, spreading the offense and burning the clock.

It didn’t result in a great gain but it did cut the margin to nine at intermission (28-19).

That lead was still the same after three completed frames, and the Lady Hawks came out in the fourth attacking from all sides. Ebony Taylor's three point accuracy improved and she hit a pair in succession. They had cut the deficit to six in less than a minute and then made it a five-point game at the free-throw line.

However, the LadyKats, looking to avenge their first loss of the season, would not be denied. They kept bouncing back and went on to win by a score of 63-55.

Independence had a trio of players in double figures - Donica Cosby 24, Teara Moore with 16 and Lacutlass Montgomery with 12.

Taylor led the hosts with 18, followed by Katrina Cowan with 12.

The last time that the Hawks met the Wildcats, the Hawks took the game away the Wildcats early on. This one was almost a carbon copy.

Holly High had reached double digits before the Wildcats got on the board. The first quarter saw the Hawks ending it with a 23-13 lead.

The second quarter was practically a disaster for Independence, The Wildcats managed only seven points, while the Hawks hit the cotton for 29.

The Hawks slowed it a little after intermission. But the reduced pace didn’t aid the Wildcats. The score was 78-25 at the end of three.

The Wildcats could not stop Clevin Hannah and Antonio Isom from doing inestimable damage. They tried to keep the Hawks away from the ball and the basket by rotating a 4-1. Nothing worked as the Hawks still had a commanding lead.

To make matters worse, Dennis Hampton joined the hunt and sank three consecutive treys.

The Hawks went on to an 87-32 victory.

Hannah had six treys among his output of 26. Isom struck for 21. Hampton had four three among his total of 14 points.

Otis Mays led the opposition with 11.


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