Thursday, February 15, 2007
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly Springs Lady Hawks were not quite up to their return match with the Lady Golden Wave of Tupelo last Friday night.
They were not backing away from the challenge from the 5A team. They had lost to Tupelo before the holiday break.
The Lady Hawks were following the ball well, trapping and picking up loose balls on the defensive end. However, they were missing shots by not using the glass effectively. They allowed the Lady Wave to take a 14-7 lead in the first quarter.
Tupelo started to make its run in the second quarter, rattling off eight quick unanswered points. Holly High began mishandling the ball, losing cross court passes. The Lady Wave was up 29-11 at intermission.
The third quarter was not good for the Lady Hawks either. They couldn’t seem to take the cover off of the basket. Meanwhile, the Wave had expanded their double digit lead to 26. The Lady Hawks got one point back at the line to make it 47-18.
Being outgunned, like they were in the earlier contest, the Lady Hawks could only turn five points in the last frame. The Wave cruised to a 61-23 win.
Katie Hancock sparked Tupelo with 16, Mandy Collins was next with 12 and Natasha Berry came in with 11.
The Lady Hawks placed no shooters in double figures.
Hawks turn back Golden Wave behind outstanding performance from Cordell Jefferson
This was a rubber match which Hawks head coach Naylond Hayes had awaited. After losing to highly-ranked, Class 5A Tupelo back on December 19, Hayes had stated that “they have to visit us on February 9.”
The Class 3A Hawks were ready and waiting when the Wave invaded their aerie last Friday night.
The Hawks chased the ball and they battled Tupelo’s big men under the boards. Holly High managed a 14-12 lead after one.
In the second, the Hawks displayed a tenacity that was rarely seen this season. Jefferson was making his presence known early in the second quarter. He was literally “taking it to the boards.”
Jefferson was muscling his way past two or three defenders for stick backs. The Hawks had increased the lead modestly to 25-19 at intermission.
One could feel that expectations were high in the third. Holly High was still pushing the Golden Wave. The home team had minimized its mistakes and was confounding the opposition. The Hawks had a five-point lead when the Wave went to a man-to-man defense.
Tupelo’s Paul Kolheim perpetrated a “hard foul” on Jefferson and the highly partisan crowd screamed for a “tech” but the officials ruled against it. The Hawks still were in front by nine points at 43-34.
Jefferson had been flawless at the line through three quarters, finally missing one in the early fourth. But his 40 points had already sounded the bell for the Wave.
With hardly any time left and about 10 points behind, the Wave had to continue to foul. The Hawks had taken their vengeance with a 63-50 win.
Justin LeSeuer backed up Jefferson’s 40 with 12 of his own.
Tupelo’s Kolheim had 14.
The Hawks’ teams, both seeded third, were scheduled to enter district play at Water Valley Monday - the girls versus Marks Palmer and the boys versus Senatobia.
With wins they will play Thursday night in the semi-finals. The consolation and championship games are Friday.
The top four teams advance to the North State Tournament next week.
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