Thursday, November 9, 2006
Holly High loses openers
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Cougars of Coldwater hit the floor in the Hawks’ arena and set a torrid pace, getting an early lead.
They kept padding the lead, using a three guard lineup, until Tamekico Johnson popped a trey. With Lanitra Futrell, Kinshannta Hall and Kiearra Williams running the floor and the show, the Lady Cougars had a 17-14 lead at the end of the first frame.
The Lady Hawks were being hurt by turnovers early in the second frame but Katrina Cowan sank back-to-back treys to pull the Lady Hawks within a bucket. Then Katia Isom met a falling rebound, and stuck it back for the 24-24 tie.
Ebony Taylor tied it again on a fast break and was fouled. But she failed to hit the free throw. JaShanta Walker was good for a pair at the charity stripe and Holly High had its first lead with about a minute and a half left in the first half. They left the floor at halftime with the 30-27 lead.
The Lady Cougars took the lead to start the second half, and they had some miscue help from Holly High. The Lady Hawks committed a handful of infractions which the Lady Cougars capitalized on.
The Lady Cougars went into the bonus with three minutes left in the third and the Lady Hawks were still scoreless in that frame. Williams hit a long one at the buzzer to give Coldwater firm control at 46-31.
In the fourth, Ashley Daniels became a force to reckon with. She took over management of the game. She cleaned boards and stuck them back, on her way to a 19-point tally for the game. She was eclipsed by one by her teammates, Futrell.
The final score was 60-43.
Isom and Taylor led the Lady Hawks with 12 and 10, respectively.
It would probably take a little research to determine when, if ever, a Coldwater team came and swept a pair from Holly High.
From the tipoff it would appear that the Hawks were poised to reprise their role of last season. They got the early basket, but it was hard for them to pull away because the Cougars were matching them in speed. Try as they might, the Hawks could not ward off the Cougars.
Coldwater took the lead in the waning seconds of the first quarter and Nick Coppage added another just before the buzzer to make the lead 17-14.
The teams were neck and neck heading toward intermission. The rebounding was about even and the incidence of fouling was low (Holly High had five fouls during the game and Coldwater had seven).
Holly High had a few turnovers to open the second and saw the gap widen to eight points. The shots were not falling for the Hawks and the 28-24 halftime lead was 39-33 after three.
The Cougars built a 15-point lead and kept pouring it on. They called time with the score 54-38 to send in a fresh five.
Coldwater Head Coach Jones had never defeated a Naylond Hayes-coached team. They left the Hawks just 3:41 to turn things around. It was not enough and the Hawks fell 66-49.
The Cougars had three shooters in double figures. Coppage and Dewayne Austin had 14 each and Mario Allen shot 12.
The Hawks didn’t have any shooters in double figures, but were led by Jeremy Jeffries with seven.
Holly High was scheduled to host the Ashland Blue Devils on Tuesday night. The Hawks and Lady Hawks play in the Coldwater Tournament this weekend. Next Tuesday, Nov. 14, they visit Booker T. Washington.
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