Thursday, January 11, 2007
Lady Hawks, Indians snatch wins
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly Springs Lady Hawks had the team of old show up last Friday night in their game with county and district foe Byhalia.
They had three shooters in double figures and had some outstanding performances from players who seemed to have found their game.
The house was packed before the first ball went up. The crowd was loud and boisterous; however the raucous din seemed to bother only the Lady Indian shooters. They missed their first five attempts at the charity stripe. LaDonna Thomas finally broke the drought by hitting one of a pair. They managed to stay out front in the first by 15-9.
At the inception of the second, the Lady Hawks were not lacking in hustle and they were exhibiting more ball control. They were hotly contesting Byhalia’s every offensive move. A foul sent Thomas to the line and just as she was cueing up her first try, the entire gym went dark. The lights were out for approximately 10 minutes.
Brandy Fayne re-entered the lineup just in time to plant a trey before the buzzer, sending the visitors into the locker room with a 10-point margin at 35-25.
The Lady Hawks were down at least 16 points at one juncture in the third, and that is when Katrina Cowan unleashed her barrage of threes. It carried over into the fourth and Tamekico Johnson and Jashanta Walker began their close-in play. They each turned in their best game to date.
Johnson cut the deficit to two with three minutes gone in the final frame. Then Ebony Taylor nailed a trey at 1:19 left to tie the game at 59 all. Then Johnson came back and put the onus on the Lady Indians with a quick look off of a fast break.
After a bucket by Byhalia, Johnson stuck her 14th point to move Holly High out by three points at 63-60 with 24.5 ticks left. Taylor dropped in the last pair to seal the win for the Lady Hawks.
Leading the Lady Hawks in what was undoubtedly their finest hour of this season, was Cowan with 15 (all treys), Johnson with 14, Taylor with 13 and Acie Brown and Walker had eight each.
Byhalia was paced by Roszetta Blackmon with 18, Chasidy Kizer with 15 and LaShunda Odum with 11.
Hawks’ late surge not enough in battle with Indians
The crowd which filled the gym in Hawk land had not been even a little subdued all evening, and when the Hawks and Indians took the floor it rose through the rafters.
The tip went to the Hawks but the Indians scored the first basket and they went on to build a modest lead throughout the first quarter. Neither team was showing much poise but both were showing plenty of speed. Byhalia was a little better at control and accuracy, accounting for the 10-point lead, 24-14, at the first frame’s end.
They hit the floor again ,pushing the ball. When they had misfires from outside there was usually someone, like Dawan Malone, to stick it right back. However, the Hawks made a few inroads into the Byhalia system to trim the lead to five at intermission (33-28).
The Hawks grabbed their first lead of the contest on a long three to make it 38-37. After that the third turned into a real swap meet. The teams swapped leads and traded baskets. The Indians went on a tear and rattled off nine unanswered points to go out front 49-40. They added a few more and made it 53-41 at the end of three.
The Indians went on another scoring binge at the beginning of the fourth and went out to 61-43 before the Hawks recovered and put on the brakes. Cordell Jefferson began to take over at the post and Markus House came through on the outside with a trio of much needed treys. Daniel Burton was grabbing rebound after rebound and Jefferson was turning them into points.
The Hawks’ rally brought Holly High to within two points with just seconds left (63-61). The Hawks had one chance to tie, but the shot was not good. The Indians won this district tilt, 63-61.
Jefferson was the dominant force for the Hawks with 32. House had nine.
Byhalia was led by a trio of double figures shooters – Cornelious Blackmon with 18, Malone with 12 and Norrell Malone with 10.
Holly High’s next games were at home against Senatobia on Tuesday, and the Indians were to host county rival Potts Camp on that date.
Friday night, Byhalia hosts Senatobia. Saturday, Holly High hosts Olive Branch.
Next Tuesday, Jan. 16, Byhalia hosts Byers and Holly High goes to Independence.
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