Thursday, February 22, 2007
Hawks beat Senatobia
By CLAUDE VINSON
One got the feeling right away that this one was going to be fast paced. The Hawks were the third seed in the Region 3-3A Tournament at 3-3 and the Warriors were sixth at 2-4.
The teams probably set a couple of track records by the manner in which they ran the floor Monday, Feb. 12. The shooting was not all that hot. Both were getting good looks; they just weren’t connecting. However, Holly High’s Cordell Jefferson was performing yeoman service on both ends, he was even making steals.
The first ended 11-5.
The Warriors began the double team on Jefferson in the second. Trying to break the bottle neck, the Hawks were rushing their shots. The low scoring second ended with the score 17-10.
The Hawks made their move in the third. They doubled the score on the Warriors and didn’t let up. The third went with Holly High favored 34-15.
Jefferson was being constantly hammered on the boards but he was making Senatobia pay. He hit eight of 11 freebies at one stretch. These Hawks had reached their stride. They would not be halted. They went on to the 54-20 victory.
Jefferson led the victors with 30.
Derek Garrett had 10 for the Warriors.
Hawks clawed by Wildcats in second outing in 3A tourney
In a game which saw nine lead changes and eight ties, the Hawks were shut down in the end by the Wildcats of Independence. The Hawks earned the first tie of the contest at the end of the first quarter on the play of Daniel Burton and Cordell Jefferson in the paint.
The tempo changed as often as the lead in Thursday’s game. Holly High burned them with a trey at the buzzer, putting the Hawks ahead 36-32 at the break.
The third was a seesaw struggle which was almost a standoff.
The fourth quarter brought the turn of events which set the win up for Independence. Brandon Dowl got a foul and a goal tending call which put the Wildcats up by three at 47-44. He made the three the old fashioned way. The four-point lead came with 1:52 left.
The Hawks had to resort to fouling with little time left. The Wildcats took the game 53-46.
Jefferson led the Hawks with 21.
The Wildcats had three shooters in double figures. Dowl with 17, Otis Mays with 15 and Cameron Smith with 12.
The Hawks would face county rival Byhalia in the consolation bracket.
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