Thursday, February 1, 2007
Hawks dominate Devils, Cougars
By CLAUDE VINSON
In what has proved to be a rare occurrence this season, the Holly Springs Lady Hawks and Hawks took two games Friday night from their visiting opponent.
The Lady Hawks fell behind North Panola by three in the opening quarter which ended 17-14.
Both teams hit the floor slinging three attempts at every opportunity, each hitting an equal share. The Lady Hawks reached one and one early and Ebony Taylor chipped away at the Lady Cougar lead at the line. She came back and tied it just before intermission with a falling deuce, making it 25-25 .
The Lady Cougars, who were 2-0 in district and 9-11 on the season, were being fuelled by Toya Hill and Brittany Patton. The latter was taking care of business from three land and the former was chairman of the boards. They helped the visitors to stay close, but the Lady Hawks were still in control by three at 36-33 after three complete.
The lead changed a few times during the first three frames. JaShanta Walker, who had been the Lady Hawks’ mainstay on defense, fouled out. Kennetha Jeffries came in and picked up the slack.
In the last two minutes, Holly High realized it could put this one on the plus side. Taylor and Tamekico Johnson increased the tempo at both ends of the court.
For whatever reason, the Lady Cougars appeared to be helpless. They began to make error upon error. The Lady Hawks went on to win it, 53-42.
Taylor led Holly High, which improved to 7-14 overall, with 19, followed by Johnson with 10.
Patton paced the visitors with 11.
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The Holly High Hawks hit the floor with purpose and led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter.
The North Panola coach drew the ire of the officials and was “teched.” That seemed to have fired up the Cougars.
The Hawks, who had led by as many as 15 in the first quarter, saw that lead dwindle to the single digits before intermission. The defense of Panola had stiffened considerably, but the Hawks went into the locker room with a 29-16 margin.
The Hawks entered the court in the third and Cordell Jefferson and Daniel Burton tightened board coverage and they widened the gap. They actually ran away with the game, going out to 60-28 to end the quarter.
The trend continued into the early stages of the fourth and these Hawks had flashes of the Hawks of old who ruled the 3A class. Coach Naylond Hayes began running in reserves and they extended the dominance.
The Cougars pretty much conceded after that and the Hawks won at 78-42. Holly High improved to 9-14 overall.
Jefferson’s aggressive board play netted him high point honors with 29. Douglas Faulkner was second with 19.
Bruce Wilborn and Ramone Robinson led the opposition with 14 and 12, respectively.
Holly High splits on road
Also last week, the Hawks and Lady Hawks split a pair of games at district foe Water Valley – the boys winning and the girls losing.
Jefferson poured in 18 points as the Holly High boys routed Water Valley 69-35.
The outcome was never in doubt.
The Hawks surged ahead 19-5 in the first quarter and led 36-12 at the half.
Ten Hawks scored in the 34-point victory.
The Lady Hawks dropped a hard-fought battle at Water Valley, 53-49.
The game was tied 17-17 after one period and 30-30 at the halfway point. The third quarter proved to be the difference. That’s when Water Valley outscored Holly High 10-6. The fourth was even again at 13-13.
Taylor gunned in a game-high 16 points. Johnson followed with 11.
The Hawks were set to visit M.S. Palmer Tuesday night of this week. They host Shannon Saturday night. Next Tuesday, Feb. 6, they visit Marshall County rival H.W. Byers.
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