Thursday, February 16, 2006
Hawks fall to Ridgeway in Nike Hardwood Classic
The Holly High Hawks had been scheduled to play Tupelo on Friday night but quick moving inclement weather that dumped a bushel of snow on the area caused that game to be postponed.
There were also rumors that the Nike Hardwood Classic which was to take place on Saturday at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tenn., would also fall victim to the elements; however, that trial was played as scheduled.
The Hawks were paired against the Ridgeway High School Roadrunners, a powerful Tennessee Class AAA squad with a 17-7 record and a state championship as part of its resume.
The Hawks, two-time defending Class 3A champs in Mississippi, came out with their usual game-opening effectiveness. They got back-to-back treys from Brandon Ayers. but the Roadrunners retaliated with a slam from Dasmine Cathey and less than a minute later, another from Ernest Fields.
Taking advantage of size differences at the post positions, the Roadrunners went hard to the boards. But no one faced off with Ayers and he planted two more from threeland.
It was evident that the Roadrunners could not match the Hawks speed. the Hawks owned a nine-point lead at one juncture but saw it trimmed to seven at the end of the first.
Fields, still muscling around the paint, tied the score halfway through the second quarter at 23. Capitalizing on a handful of close-ins that Holly High missed, Ridgeway took their first lead of the game. They were six points up at the half at 34-28.
In the third quarter, the Roadrunners established their rhythm, while taking the Hawks out of theirs.
With the help of a couple of threes and some untimely Hawks turnovers, the Roadrunners took a 12-point lead, but Holly High continued to battle back and at one point trimmed the Ridgeway margin to five. The Roadrunners were still showing a lot of power on the inside.
During the latter part of the fourth quarter, the clock became the Hawks opponent also and they had to resort to fouling. Each and every time that the pendulum seemed to be swinging back in their favor, it slipped away.
The Roadrunners went on to snap the Hawks long-running win streak at 48 and posted a 75-66 win.
The Hawks enter this weeks Region 3-3A Tournament with a 27-1 overall record. They received a first round bye and were scheduled to play Tuesday. It is being played at Byhalia High School. The tournament continues Thursday and Friday.
Clevin Hannah was named as one of the games most valuable players and Fields took it for Ridgeway.
Hannah also led the floor with 30 points. Ayers, who had five treys, struck for 17.
The Roadrunners Fields and Anthony Wooten had 14 each. Cathey and Wesley Channels had 12 apiece.
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