Thursday, November 23, 2006
Hawks, Lady Hawks drop road contests
By CLAUDE VINSON
The trip to Olive Branch last Thursday night proved to be devastating for the Holly High teams. They lost all three contests to the 5A school.
The junior varsity was the first to fall by a score of 25-19.
The Lady Hawks surprised the Lady Conquistadors by putting up a 6-2 lead in the first few minutes, but Olive Branch caught up in what seemed like a matter of seconds.
Katrina Cowan, who had accounted for half of the early lead with a three ball, launched her second. She was matched by Shakina Brunt. After that Kiera Medlock and Delissa Scott took over the boards for Olive Branch. Medlock was doing a good job of sticking her rebounds back. Brunt was almost unstoppable in the lane. She hit 11 points in the first quarter which helped Olive Branch to the 21-14 point spread at the end of the first frame.
The Lady Hawks managed to strike for seven in the second quarter, trailing the Lady ‘Q’s by nine with the score 30-21 at intermission.
Medlock was still leading the attack in the second half. She was making spin moves at the top of the key, picking up fouls and converting for threes the old-fashioned way. They held the Lady Hawks to four points in the third, going ahead 43-25.
The scoring drought continued for Holly High in the fourth until Cowan stuck her third trey. But the Lady Hawks could not make a real dent in Olive Branch’s solid lead although the fourth proved to be their most productive.
The Lady ‘Q’s had already begun subbing liberally and went on to claim the victory of 50-37.
Brunt led the Olive Branch effort with 16, followed by Nique Johnson and Medlock who posted 14 and 11, respectively.
Cowan paced the Lady Hawks with 10. Ebony Taylor and Katia Isom had seven each.
The Holly High Hawks, who have soared high for the last three seasons, were no match for the 5A Conquistadors. The Hawks have dominated the 3A division, but this season are making a slow start with a 2-5 record.
Olive Branch, which has made its mark on the gridiron this season and is heading for the semi-finals in the 5A playoffs, has picked up their roundball game. They entered the contest with Holly High with a 3-0 record and a tournament win.
The ‘Q’s controlled the ball from the tip. The Hawks were showing their usual speed but were being consistently whistled for infractions. They were using a tight 2-3 shifting zone defense which forced the ‘Q’s to take outside shots. Olive Branch canned a goodly portion of their shots and had a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Hawks’ rebounding was good but passes and shots were off. Burton dropped in a pair at the charity stripe, but the curtain was fast drawing to a close on the first act. The horn sounded intermission with the ‘Q’s owning a big lead at 34-18.
They held the Hawks to nine points in the third while they put up 21.
They slowed the pace in the final quarter and sent in reserves. They used method shooting the remainder of the way and won 60-34.
Olive Branch shooters were led by Everick Morris with 15. Three players had 10 each - Nate Nash, Rod Pegues and John Little.
Timothy Oliver and Jeremy Jeffries led the Hawks with 11 each. Daniel Burton contributed eight.
Hawks versus Booker T. Washington
In a game in which Lady Hawk JaShanta Walker blistered the nets with 26 points, the Lady Hawks were steamrolled by Booker T. Washington 75-47 Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the road.
Holly High held its own in the first quarter, trailing 14-12.
The Lady Hawks were still being competitive at the halfway point, just one digit behind the hosts at 27-26.
BTW turned up the heat in the third and then pulled out all the plugs in the fourth to make it a 75-47 final.
Cowan threw in nine points for Holly Springs.
Latrice Benjamin led the hosts with 28. She had two teammates in double figures. Daria Hester and Valencia Tucker had 13 each.
The Hawks, like the Lady Hawks, stood up to the Booker T. Washington shooter for two quarters, tying the low-scoring first at six all. They out-pointed BTW in the second quarter 11-9 and led by two at the half.
The hosts had a big third quarter effort, outscoring Holly High 21-11.
They then coasted to the 52-41 win, dropping the Hawks to 2-4 on the season.
Jeffries and Burton paced the Hawks with 15 and 10, respectively.
The Hawks and Lady Hawks will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 28, after the Thanksgiving break. They will host Aberdeen.
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