Thursday, February 2, 2006

Hawks post 98-15 win; Lady Hawks fall to Devils

By CLAUDE VINSON
Sports Editor

The teams at Holly High continued to forge on with their divisional schedule last week, hosting one foe and meeting another on the road.

They had the Blue Devils from Water Valley on Tuesday and then traveled to North Panola to meet the Cougars.

At 21-2, the Lady Devils of Water Valley would have to be the most successful team the Lady Hawks have faced this season. The attack of the Lady Devils was one of almost complete balance. No matter who was on the floor, they scored. The 18-1 score which marked the first quarter was just a harbinger of things to come.

The visitors defended well also and used quick outlet passes to take the Lady Hawks out of the game. They had claimed a 31-6 margin at the intermission.

The Lady Devils’ methodology was simple – everybody shoots and hits. The reserves had no trouble finding the basket. They eased the scoring pressure in the final quarter, allowing the Lady Hawks to turn in their largest effort of the game by hitting 16 points.

The final score was 62-32.

Tamekico Johnson led the Lady Hawks with 10. Jackie LeSueur was next with eight.

Sasha Carr rained four treys in a row and paced the balanced attack of the Lady Devils with 16. Their sophomore center, Miranda Phillips had nine, Lauren Burgess and KeKe Fondon had eight each.

The Blue Devils’ coach admitted before the contest that his team could be in for a frustrating evening. It didn’t take long for the coach to see just how totally right he was.

It was clear from the start that the Blue Devils had no remedy for the rebounding efforts of the Hawks. They just didn’t grab very many. Clifton Rayford, Brandon Ayers, Clevin Hannah made it to any loose ball before the opposition had a chance.

There was no way that the Blue Devils could match the pace of the Hawks.

It was evident that the Devils brought popsicle sticks instead of pitch forks. The Hawks led 35-8 at the end of the first quarter and didn’t allow any Devil baskets in the second to make it 62-8 at the half.

Head coach Naylond Hayes began the second half with all fresh jerseys.

With the 54-point lead which they inherited from the first half, they could have put the scoring mobile in neutral and still come out ahead.

A highly vocal and partisan crowd was clamoring for a “clock busting” ending but the Hawks appeared to be more intent on turning plays than registering a hundred.

The game ended at 98-15.

The Blue Devils’ Kenny Toles (eight points) and B.J. Phillips (two points), did their best but there was no stopping the Hawks’ machine.

Hannah had 21 points with four treys. Ayers also hit 21 with a pair of triples. Daniel Burton rounded out the double figure scoring with 10.


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