Thursday, December 21, 2006
Rivals split close contests
By BARRY BURLESON
One Holly Springs team hung on to a lead Monday night, Dec. 11, versus county rival Potts Camp. The other didn’t.
The Hawks led throughout, then held off a fourth-quarter run from the Cardinals to escape with the 68-64 win.
The Lady Hawks were up 37-30 after three quarters. But the Lady Cardinals dominated the fourth, 28-14, and earned a 58-51 victory on the home floor.
Coach Naylond Hayes said his Holly High boys did not play well in the four-point win.
“We had 23 turnovers and missed nine of 19 free throws,” Hayes said. “We were fortunate. We pressed them most of the game, and they were pressing us. We were able to get through it and get some layups, but we threw it away a lot, too.”
Coach Brian Smith said missed free throws hurt his Cardinals. They were seven of 22 from the stripe.
“That’s the difference in the game,” Smith said. “I was proud of our effort. A lot of teams would have folded being down 13 in the second half. We scratched and clawed our way back.”
Potts Camp trailed 18-11 after one quarter, 36-28 at the half and 50-41 following three periods. The home squad moved to within 65-63 with 1:05 left on Jacobye Davis’ three from the corner. But Justin LeSueur iced it for the Hawks with a putback for two points on the Hawks’ next possession and then one free throw with 10 ticks left.
Jeremy Jeffries and LeSueur combined for 44 of the Hawks’ 68 points. Jeffries had 26, including a couple of big threes in the first quarter to give Holly High control, and LeSueur contributed 19. Jeffries also had 13 rebounds.
Davis was almost a one-man show. He scored 39, more than half, of the Cardinals’ 64 points.
“He really stepped up,” Coach Smith said.
Justin Smith added 12 for Potts Camp.
“Potts Camp has great talent,” Coach Hayes said. “They are going to be OK down the stretch.
“Our defense is getting better. Maybe a month from now it will be perfect. You can’t teach experience; you have to wait on it. And we’re very young.”
The Hawks improved to 4-9, while the Cardinals dropped to 12-6.
Lady Cardinals-Lady Hawks
Kevin Harris, head coach of the Lady Cardinals, said his team seems to enjoy the rallying role. The Potts Camp girls doubled up Holly High in the fourth and won by seven.
“We don’t seem to play as relaxed with an eight- or 10-point lead as when we’re down eight or 10,” he said. “That’s not good for my ulcers, but it seems a sense of urgency kicks in, and we play like we’re capable.
“The last five minutes against Holly Springs was controlled reckless abandonment defensively. We didn’t really stop to think about the situation, and that suits us.”
Kenyotta Jenkins poured in 31 points. Jasmine Harmon added 13. Twenty-three of the team’s 28 fourth-quarter points came from Jenkins and Harmon.
“For the most part, it was a well-played game by both teams,” Harris said.
Coach Wilbert Beard’s Lady Hawks were led by Tamekia Johnson with 13 points and Ebony Taylor with 10.
The Lady Cardinals improved to 10-7, while the Lady Hawks dropped to 2-8.
It is the only meeting of the season between the two schools.
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