Thursday, February 22, 2007
Holly High girls take third in 3A north half
The third-seeded Lady Hawks gave the Lady Dragons no quarters in their Region 3-3A Tournament game on Monday of last week at Water Valley.
The Lady Hawks had beaten Palmer on its own court on January 30 with a buzzer beater.
Holly High had a 12-2 lead but didn’t protect the back door. The Lady Dragons slipped in with a quick six and cut the margin to 14-8 at the first stop.
The Lady Hawks let some of the fire fade a little. They were staying ahead of the Lady Dragons and slowly pulling away. They were also enjoying many trips to the charity stripe. In addition to fouling, Palmer was turning the ball over often. Holly High was on top 30-17 at the half.
The third was really the Lady Hawks’ quarter. They took the Lady Dragons out of the equation altogether, amassing a 22-point difference at one point. The score was 50-34 after three.
The Lady Hawks came back in the fourth brimming with confidence. They still were not giving any quarters (nickels or dimes, either). They cruised to a 68-41 victory.
Ebony Taylor showed the way for all shooters with 22. JaShanta Walker also had a good game, registering 14.
Felicia Harris led the Lady Dragons with 18.
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Holly High got off to a slow start, falling behind 11-4 early in the contest. Undaunted, they came on strong in the latter part of the quarter, but then lost six consecutive balls to turnovers. The Lady Blue Devils of Water Valley were quick to capitalize and went up 19-12 in the first.
The Lady Hawks were looking for a tie early in the second but had to wait for awhile before it materialized. They did get it. First on a stick back by Tamekico Johnson and then on a looping buzzer beater by Ebony Taylor which allowed the Lady Hawks to go up 35-33 at the half with their first lead of the game.
The Lady Devils seemed intent on burning as much clock as possible in the third. However, they did snatch the lead from Holly High but JaShanta Walker got it right back and made it 42-39 at the end of three.
The lead changed for the fifth time. When the seventh change came it favored Water Valley at 50-48. The battle waged right down to the wire with the Lady Devils narrowly avoiding the upset and winning 56-54.
Johnson paced Holly High with 14. Taylor added 13 and Walker 10.
Water Valley had three players in double figures, KeKe Fondon with 18, Miranda Phillips with 15 and Misha Fondon with 11.
The loss set up a match for Holly High with Byhalia in the consolation.
Holly High downs Byhalia in consolation
The coaches of Holly High and Byhalia got great efforts from both teams in their matchup in the consolation game at Water Valley. These teams had met on four differ occasions this season. Holly High got its first lead near the end of the first at 18-16.
The Lady Hawks kept the pressure on in the second and at one time got a nine-point lead.They couldn’t hold the Lady Indians back. Byhalia pulled to within three before Holly High slowed the attack. They Lady Hawks held the thin four-point lead at the half at 34-29.
Byhalia got close again and Briana Windham came off of the bench and bagged a deuce. Ebony Taylor matched one with the buzzer and Holly High moved back out front. They had increased the lead to seven at the end of three.
The Lady Hawks stepped it up in the fourth but they were still having trouble staying ahead of the Lady Indians. It wasn’t easy. The Hawks outlasted Byhalia and won 64-62.
The win was orchestrated by Taylor with 22, followed by Walker with 16. Johnson added 11.
The Lady Indians were led by Chasidy Kizer 21, LaShanda Odum with 15 and Roszetta Blackmon with 14.
Both teams earned berths in the North Half Tournament, which started Monday night. The Lady Hawks visited South Pontotoc. The Lady Indians journeyed to Aberdeen. With a wins, they advance to Thursday.
(Sports Editor’s Note: The Water Valley hosts were very gracious and the ladies dispensing hospitality in the hospitality room, namely Dallene Burgess, Rose Willingham and Darnell Vaughn deserve special recognition.)
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