Thursday, December 21, 2006
Lady Hawks get big win; Hawks fall to Wildcats
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Independence Lady Wildcats rolled into Holly Springs Friday night, looking to move their record (4-7) one game closer to .500.
At tipoff the two teams seemed to be evenly matched in all aspects. They both were opting for the shots beyond the arc. They weren’t very successful but when the first quarter ended the Lady Wildcats were three points better at 10-7.
The Lady Hawks were not doing a very good job of taking care of the ball.
The full court press by Independence caused Holly High to make a ton of turnovers. However, they managed to stay within three points at intermission, 18-15.
The Lady Wildcats abandoned the full-court press in the third and settled into a tight zone.
The Lady Hawks were still struggling on defense; however, they were beginning to find the basket. At one point, down by double digits, they slipped up on Independence. Ebony Taylor broke one coast to coast, and Holly High took the lead for the first time at 29-28 just as the third frame ended.
The fourth quarter was exciting with fans voicing their support when the Lady Hawks grabbed a three-point lead. But the Lady Wildcats had reached the bonus.
The Lady Hawks had to walk a tightrope, avoiding fouling and running out the clock. Independence trimmed the margin to three at the charity stripe, but Holly High held on for the 35-32 victory.
Head coach Wilbert Beard breathed a sigh of relief after the game, “We really needed this one. Maybe this will give us a boost in spirits.”
Taylor and JaShanta Walker led the victorious Lady Hawks with 12 and 10, respectively. The Lady Wildcats didn’t have any shooter in double figures.
Hawks drop spirit breaker to Wildcats.
The Holly High Hawks continued to deal with dwindling fortunes last Friday night when they hosted Independence. The Hawks also had to deal with a deadly three-point blaster throughout the game and his play was the difference between winning and losing.
C. Smith started the scoring with a three ball. Holly High answered with a pair of deuces.
Action on the court was furious with plenty of movement and shot-blocking. The Wildcats pulled to within one in the latter part of the first quarter, but Timothy Oliver gave the Hawks a four-point lead at the buzzer, 14-10.
Oddly enough with so much speed and activity, the incidence of fouling was low. There were just four committed in the entire first half (Holly High one, Independence three).
The halftime score was 24-22 and then the Hawks moved out to a 10-point lead. But it was practically impossible to stop Smith’s long ball from either corner. The Wildcats slowly clawed their way back in it.
Things really heated up in the last portion of the fourth. The Hawks’ three-point lead had evaporated, and Smith was still pelting the nylon with threes. He accounted for 29 of the Wildcats’ points, all but one on treys.
Holly High was almost a sure winner, leading 51-50 and scant seconds on the clock. Somehow, the Hawks left the back door open and D.J. Newsom hit one off the glass to snatch the win from the Hawks at 52-51.
C. Smith led all shooters with 29.
For Holly High it was Oliver with 15 and Jeremy Jeffries with 14.
The Hawks and Lady Hawks were scheduled to travel to Tupelo on Tuesday. They will host county rival H.W. Byers Friday night, Dec. 22.
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