Thursday, December 28, 2006
Hawks’ latest trip to Tupelo not as sweet
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Hawks and Lady Hawks were in Tupelo Tuesday, Dec. 19, for the first of two matchups this season with the Golden Wave.
The Lady Wave was riding the crest of an enviable season, hitting the floor with a spotless record of 11-0. They didn’t put a lot of height on the floor, but they moved well going to the basket. They went right to work after Katrina Cowan hit a three for the visitors.
The Wave sent a pair of speedy guards to handle the ball, finding every opportunity to fling it in to the post players. They soon overtook the Lady Hawks and showed a 20-6 advantage at the first break.
Ebony Taylor, who would end up carrying the fight to the Wave, hit a couple of timely freebies to drive the gap a little closer. But the Lady Wave answered with a barrage of treys to go way out front by 17 points at the intermission. Mandy Collins and Katie Hancock accounted for the bulk of the 35-18 halftime score.
The second half saw Tupelo subbing at will but the pressure didn’t lessen. Even the reserves dropped them in and gave the hosts a comfortable lead at the end of three. The hole got deeper at 55-30.
Holly High was still trying hard to find a solution to the overpowering playmaking and was falling short. Taylor was still doing yeoman’s service at both ends of the court. She had been getting some rebound assistance from Acie Brown, but she fouled out in the fourth and the Wave went on to a routing win of 67-34.
Tupelo had three shooters in double figures – Destini Shannon with 23 points, Hancock with 15 and Collins with 14.
Taylor led the losing effort with 23. The Lady Hawks fell to 3-12 on the campaign
Hawks fall to Golden Wave
in 3A-5A tilt
If the Class 5A Tupelo team (9-2) was thinking revenge for the defeating shock dealt them a year ago by the visiting Hawks, they turned the thoughts to reality.
The Class 3A Hawks introduced a pair of new players in the road game, Brandon Young and Cordell Jefferson. Jefferson lined up at center and gave the Hawks the first possession off the tip.
And the Hawks looked as if it was going to be deja vu all over again, running out to an 8-1 lead. For a brief period they resembled the Hawks of old.
Then the passing and ball handling became erratic. The Golden Wave took immediate advantage, quickly pulling within one. Then Jamie Ingram was inserted into the line-up and plastered the first three of the game. Jeremy Jeffries tied it at the buzzer to have it “even steven” 10-10 at the end of the first quarter.
For a good portion of the second frame, Holly High was giving Tupelo a real workout. Ingram (the three ball assassin) entered the court again and led the Wave to a dozen unanswered points to put Tupelo out front 39-23 at halftime.
Daniel Burton, who had been the chief rebounder for the Hawks, fouled out in the third, leaving a big hole at both ends of the court. The Wave finished off that round with a 60-41 mark.
The Wave was not threatened in the last frame. They ran in all the reserves and coasted to the 77-57 victory.
Jefferson hit for 15 points in the loss, next to Jeffries who had 17.
Paul Kohlheim was the big shooter for the Wave, registering 24 points, followed by Armando Clay with 14 and Ingram with 12 (all threes).
The Hawks (4-11) were scheduled against the Lions of H.W. Byers Friday night, Dec. 22. Due to early deadlines for the Christmas holiday, the story on those games will be published in next week’s edition.
Holly High teams host Tunica Rosa Fort Friday night, Dec. 29.
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