Thursday, January 18, 2007
High splits with Senatobia
By CLAUDE VINSON
In their second district game of the season, the Holly Springs Lady Hawks had to face the Lady Warriors of Senatobia. The Lady Warriors brought their high powered offense (16-1) and their two stellar shot-blockers, Portia Tucker and Sabrina Reed.
The pair went right to work, creating outlet passes to Tywanna Webb and Beunka Dean. They had put 13 into the nylon bank before Katrina Cowan put Holly High on the board with a three. The Lady Warriors did a little banking of their own and took the first stanza 19-6.
The Lady Hawks, coming off of their upset win against Byhalia, were not receiving any kindness from the ball. They were getting good looks but were not connecting. Midway through the period they regained some of their Friday night luster. By the time the buzzer sounded at intermission, they had cut the deficit to six. They trailed 28-34 at the half.
The Lady Warriors came out of the locker room with renewed purpose. The Lady Hawks put up 11 but the visitors retaliated with 25. The score after three was 59-39.
The Lady Hawks, who had lost sight of this one in the third frame, were helpless in the fourth. Senatobia used playmaking and shot selection to create a 31-point difference at the end. The final was 80-49.
Ebony Taylor led the home team effort with 14.
Tywanna Webb had a game high 25, followed by Dean with 14 and Tyronna Webb and Tucker who had 12 each.
Hawks down Warriors in district tilt
The Hawks met the Warriors in a district contest and never trailed as they dispatched a game Senatobia team.
These district foes, who have similar records at this point and laurel wreath pasts, duked it out in what could be a test for supremacy of the local 3A region. The Hawks took the low scoring first quarter at 17-6.
Daniel Burton and Cordell Jefferson began creating multiple chances for their offense under the basket. They were also beating the Warriors to the ball on the defensive end; however, some of the passes were less than perfect. They maintained the lead at intermission at 28-9.
After the break, the Hawks began to take more shots from beyond the arc. They had dropped only one in during the first two periods. After being held to just three points in the second frame, the Warriors became ball hawks in the third. They trapped the ball at every opportunity and outscored the hosts 16-12 in the third.
Coach Naylond Hayes recognized the threat and burned a time out. The Warrior scoring was halted and the Hawks coasted to a 52-37 victory.
Jefferson led the floor with 29 points. Burton threw in 10.
Derek Garrett led Senatobia with 12.
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