Thursday, December 20, 2007
Holly High wins two in county rivalry
By CLAUDE VINSON
Holly Springs swept Potts Camp in an intracounty matchup Monday night, Dec. 10.
The Lady Hawks and Lady Cardinals got off to a moderate pace. Potts Camp, playing on its home court, posted a 6-4 lead and that would perhaps be the bright spot in this game. Holly High came back and quickly took a five-point lead. They were using a tight defense, thwarting the Lady Cardinals’ post players. They led it 21-14 at first quarter’s end.
The second quarter offense of the Lady Hawks was fast and successful. They made it to the charity stripe often and hit 11 of 14 attempts in the first half. When the horn signaled intermission, the Lady Hawks had a solid 20-point lead at 42-20.
One reason for the Lady Hawks’ success was the effective way in which they kept Potts Camp’s Kenyotta Jenkins away from the offensive boards. The Lady Hawks had no problem finding the bottom of the nylon as they had in previous games. Despite an 18-point push by Potts Camp, the visitors were out front 67-38 when the next frame ended.
Holly High kept making bold moves to the basket. Their 95-53 victory ended a four-game losing streak to Potts Camp.
Holly High placed five shooters in double figures – Ebony Taylor with 20, Katrina Cowan with 16, Katia Isom with 15, Tamekico Johnson with 14 and Kennetha Jeffries with 10.
Jenkins led the hosts and the field with 31.
Hawks defeat Cardinals
It was probably obvious that the Holly High teams had made the trip to Potts Camp with the intention of stealing a pair from their long standing county rivals.
The Hawks left little doubt of their purpose when they ran up a hefty 22-4 lead with just seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Hawks would add a couple more points to the Cardinals’ one to make it a 26-5 lead.
Potts Camp was showing all types of speed and aggression. The Cardinals were leading the attacks on the ball. But their shots were not hitting the mark while Holly High was sticking them in.
The Cardinals kept up the aggressive mode and were back within 17 points when the third quarter frame closed on a 57-40 score.
There was some hard inside banging going on for the supremacy of the boards. The Hawks saw their comfortable lead dwindle to single digits at one point. They put on a real push to regain the momentum which had carried them through the previous quarters. They went on to down Potts Camp with a final score of 71-50.
“Our guys played hard,” said coach Brian Smith of the Cardinals. “They got down but they played hard and fought back.”
Daniel Burton’s 19 points led the victors. Brandon Thomas added 10.
Chris Sims led the Cardinals with 15. Jeremy Siggers scored 12.
Holly High splits games
Friday night, the Holly Springs basketball teams split with Independence - the girls winning 59-44 and the boys losing 53-50.
Leading the Lady Hawks in the win were Johnson with 14, Taylor and JaShanta Walker with 12 each and Jeffries with 11. Top scorers for the Hawks in the loss were Timothy Oliver with 13, Markus House with 12 and Darius Dowdy with 11.
The Hawks (9-5) and Lady Hawks go to Rosa Fort Friday. They will compete in the Northwest Classic December 28-29 and the Booneville tourney January 4-5.
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