Thursday, December 13, 2007
Holly High splits with Coldwater
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Coldwater Lady Cougars roared into town with their undefeated record (8-0) this season and left with it still intact. The Coldwater teams have been downgraded to Class 1A since their 2005 championship run at “The Big House.”
This one started slowly with neither team getting multiple looks at their end of the court. It was generally one shot and down the floor. The run, shoot, run tempo was not very productive, resulting in an 8-8 first quarter tie.
In the second quarter, the Lady Cougars’ untarnished record began to show. They out-pointed the Lady Hawks to take a 23-12 halftime lead.
The Lady Hawks could not seem to give their offense any consistency and it was JaShanta Walker keeping them in the game. It wasn’t that easy because Ashley Daniels and Waytasha Page were waltzing in and out of the lane in almost rhythmical fashion. The Lady Cougars were 13 points better after three frames at 34-21.
The fourth quarter was not any more pleasant for the hosts. Nothing was effectively working against Daniels, who led her team to the 46-29 win. She could have requested a patent on the turn, spin and shoot move which she was using. The move netted her a total of 24 game points. Page was next with 12.
Walker led the hosts with 14 points.
Cougars no match for Hawks in 67-52 shootout
The Cougars (3-4) fell behind early in this one. It wasn’t entirely their fault. Holly High’s Douglas Faulkner and Timothy Oliver took turns planting threes from the left corner. By the time the nylon stopped shaking at the end of the first stanza it was 23-7.
The Hawks’ hot streak cooled in the second quarter. The Cougars made their move, gaining ground and getting within eight points in the last couple of minutes before intermission. But the Hawks moved it back to nine at 32-23.
In the third, Holly High stuck 10 points and Coldwater hit five.
To say play became fast and furious in the fianal frame would be an understatement. Both teams found a new initiative. The Hawks ran off a dozen unanswered points, but the Cougars were doing an excellent job of tracking the ball. They were forcing turnovers at every turn; however, Holly High was better at finding the basket. It ended with the Hawks coming out on top by 15 points – 67-52.
Faulkner paced the Hawks with 20 (six treys), Oliver added another 17 (three treys) and Daniel Burton hit for 12.
Ross Shorter led the Cougars with 15, followed by Terrance Milan with 14 and Jeremy Scott with 10.
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