Thursday, November 8, 2007
Holly High boys open with win
By CLAUDE VINSON
Last Thursday night was the first real test for the Holly High Lady Hawks in the new season.
They had a tip-off with the Lady Blue Devils of Ashland and found they had a hard time quenching the fired up mode of play of the hosts. The Lady Devils got the tip and got good penetration but the shots were not connecting. However, their breaks to the basket were jelling and they were picking up the easy buckets.
They sliced the Holly High defense for a 12-5 lead and still held it at the first quarter, although the Lady Hawks had gotten a trey from Katrina Cowan. When play resumed the Lady Devils ran off seven unanswered points before Holly High called for time. The Lady Devils then upped tempo and doubled the visitors at 24-12 with 1:20 left before intermission. Katrina Cowan shook off some frustration and planted back-to-back threes to make it 26-18 at the half.
Defense was better for both teams when play resumed but the Lady Hawks still had found no answer for Lady Devil Sandricka Bowen. The diminutive guard wreaked havoc on the Lady Hawks’ front and back courts. She led the floor with 25 points.
Holly High tied it for a second time at 32 all with less than a minute left in the third; however, it was a one point difference at 33-32. In the last frame the Lady Hawks tried hard to stay with the Lady Devils but the ever present spectre of Bowen made it almost impossible. The Lady Devils (0-5) got their first win of the season by a final score of 53-46.
Kiana Jones also hit in double figures for the hosts; she had 11.
Cowan and JaShanta Walker shared high point honors for the Lady Hawks; each had 12. All of Cowan’s points came from threes. Katia Isom threw in 10.
Hawks run past Ashland 51-41 in season opener
The Hawks made their ’07-’08 debut on the same evening at Ashland, getting off to a slow start. Ashland took the first lead at 7-4, but that was before Douglas Faulkner got hot from the far left corner and set the nylon on fire. He had the Hawks at 18-7 at the end of one.
The Hawks were using speed and reach to keep the Devils away from the basket. With the Hawks using the three ball, it wasn’t long before the score was 35-7. The Blue Devils scored another basket before the half to make it 35-9.
The Devils came out in a tight man-to-man to start the second half. It definitely cut the Hawks’ point production and gave the Devils some breathing room.
Also, Naylond Hayes, head coach of the Hawks, had begun to test his bench strength. The Devils picked up eight more points. Then Quenton Williams revived the Ashland faithful with a breakaway dunk. The crowd loved it, but the officials counted the points and ruled the display ostentatious and awarded a “tech.” The third quarter score was 45-24.
The Devils cut into the Hawks’ lead further in the fourth quarter with time running out and they were still behind by double digits. Ashland whittled it down to singles, but it didn’t last long; the Hawks’ Shermaine Jones pushed it back to 51-41 for the final score.
Faulkner and Timothy Oliver led the Hawks with 11 points each.
Geremy Ayers paced Ashland with 11 points. Silas Fifer was next with nine.
The Blue Devils are 3-3 on the season .
Holly High plays in the Coldwater Tournament Nov. 8-10.
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