Thursday, November 29, 2007
Holly High drops two at Tupelo, then sweeps Lewisburg on road
By CLAUDE VINSON
The hardwood at Tupelo was not all that kind to the Holly High Hawks and Lady Hawks last week. The teams were in Tupelo on Monday, Nov. 19, to contest the 5A school in a non-district tilt.
The Lady Golden Wave has a storied reputation which encompasses a few different classes. They have state recognition to their credit and since joining the 5A ranks have gotten even stronger.
Taking that into consideration, the Lady Hawks held their own against the Lady Wave, for awhile, anyway. They were close behind the Lady Wave at the end of the first quarter at 15-12. Tupelo began to take charge in the second frame; building a 38-22 margin between the two at the intermission.
Katrina Cowan spread an array of treys over three quarters, but it was not enough to calm the Wave who led it 50-29 after three completed quarters. They would end up with the winning score of 59-35.
Katia Isom paced the visiting Lady Hawks with 13. Cowan added 8.
The Golden Wave’s M. Collins took high point honors with 20 and M. McGerran threw in 15.
The Lady Hawks were still seeking their first win of the season.
The Holly High Hawks were handed their second loss of the young season when they were bested by the Tupelo Golden Wave.
The Hawks had a 20-point performance from guard Timothy Oliver, who sprinkled four threes in that total. However, the Hawks could not quiet the Wave’s Matt Foster, who led his team’s winning effort with 25 points. Foster hit seven treys from various points on the floor.
The Holly High Hawks out pointed the Wave in the first quarter, leading it 21-18. They were overpowered by Tupelo in the third and fell behind 58-40. The Wave would go on to score 19 more points in the last frame for a final of 77-53.
Douglas Faulkner hit 14 for the Hawks and Daniel Burton was held to just five points in the paint.
Desmond Gardener and Jamie Ingram backed up Foster’ total with 14 and 12, respectively.
The loss dropped the Hawks to 3-2 on the season.
Holly High double-teams Lewisburg Patriots
The Lady Hawks, who have been experiencing difficulties from the beginning of the season, were fortunate enough to grab their first win Tuesday night of last week at the home court of the Lewisburg Lady Patriots.
Ebony Taylor rejoined the lineup for the Lady Hawks for the first time and threw in eight points to help her team win.
The Lady Hawks were six digits better than the Lady Pats in the first quarter at 14-8. The score at intermission was 36-20 in favor of Holly High.
The Lady Hawks outscored Lewisburg in the third quarter behind the shooting of JaShanta Walker, and then cruised to the 53-37 victory. Walker had 18 total points, followed by Katia Isom with 12.
Terica Maxwell led her young team with 13 and teammate Shandreka Robinson threw in eight.
The victory pushed the Lady Hawks’ record to 1-5.
The Lewisburg Patriots are a young team but are already garnering attention in the Region 2-3A. They kept pace with the more experienced Holly High Hawks and forced an overtime in their game November 20.
The first quarter was almost even with the Hawks holding a three-point edge. However, by intermission it was neck and neck at 29-28.
By the time regulation had expired, the score was tied 41 all. The Patriots insisted upon hanging close in the extra quarter, and the visitors finally prevailed at 59-53, led by Daniel Burton and Timothy Oliver. The latter had 13 and the former had 17.
Nick Fike hit 15 for the hosts.
The win gave the Hawks a 4-2 record for the season.
Holly High was to travel to H.W. Byers for another road game before returning home to prepare for the Bi-County tournament which will be held at Holly High Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 29- through Dec. 1. Next Tuesday, Dec. 4, Holly High hosts Coldwater.
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