takes two from Palmer
By BARRY BURLESON
The Lady Hawks head coach, Wilbert Beard, was asked immediately after the game on Tuesday night just what did this win mean to his Lady Hawks?
With this one and the one at North Panola, we probably wont have to face Byhalia in the first round of the playoffs (district tournament), he said. We are proud of the way these young ladies are showing maturity.
The Lady Hawks showed their ability to turn things around when they made a big push in their home game with the M.S. Palmer Lady Dragons by erasing a 10-point deficit before the intermission. They did this by cutting off the Lady Dragons breaks and spoiling their shot attempts. They were a couple of digits shy seconds before halftime when Jackie LeSueur gave them their first tie at 36.
In the third quarter, the Lady Dragons settled down a little and not only removed the two-point lead provided by Lady Hawk Ebony Taylor, they ran off five unanswered points. They hit a couple of treys from the wings, but the Lady Hawks came back and tied it again at 47 all. Jackie Jones bombed one from the corner to make it 50-47 and the foot race had begun.
The Lady Hawks then started to back off the heavy pressure and set a tight zone after the ball crossed the median. But the Lady Dragons tied it again. With 1:59 left in regulation, Jones did it one more time, tied it and broke the tie.
The tempo heated up after that. Taylor gave them a three-point lead at the charity stripe and LeSueur and Katia Isom gave them a bucket each. They ended the game with the nine-point lead, 71-62.
Taylor led the victors with 14, LeSueur had nine and Isom put up eight.
Rosie Harris paced the Lady Dragons with 14 and her sister, Felicia Harris, shot for 12.
The undefeated Holly High boys, ranked number one in the state by The Clarion-Ledger, pounded the Dragons from the outset. Just as quickly as one could say 26-0 (Holly Highs record with the win), the high-flying Hawks had run up a 6-0 lead.
The Dragons just didnt have the firepower to contend. They were being beaten on all the breaks, but they were some pesky Dragons. And they were not easily discouraged. They tried valiantly to stay in it and were down 35-18 after the first period.
The Hawks increased the lead to 57-28 by the half, but that score does not mirror the manner in which M.S. Palmer contested.
The Holly High bench took over in the third quarter and those players maintained the status quo. They, too, held the Dragons in check while cruising into the 80s and 90s.
The crowd started to beg for the century mark when Thaddeus Johnson made it 97 and Markus House gave it to them seconds later. The Hawks put this one away at 101-48.
The Hawks had five shooters in double figures. Antonio Isom led with 16, followed by Jemorris Wilks with 14, Clevin Hannah with 11 and Brandon Ayers and Johnson with 10 each.
The Dragons were led by Milton McDonald with 25 and Jacques Crawford with 11.
Next up for the Hawks was a scheduled home game with H.W. Byers on Tuesday. They host Class 5A Tupelo Friday.
The Hawks will then compete in the Nike Hardwood Classic this Saturday at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tenn.
In Game 1 at 2:30 p.m., Hamilton meets Piney Woods. Game 2 at 4:15 p.m. features Holly High against Ridgeway. In Game 3 at 6 p.m., Mitchell goes against Brentwood.
Advanced tickets, which go on sale this week at Holly Springs High School, are $8 for students and $10 for adults, good for all three games.
Tickets go up to $10 and $12 on the day of the event.
Next week Holly High teams play in the district tournament at Byhalia High School.
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