Thursday, January 17, 2008
Hawks take two from Senatobia
A win is a win, whether by one point or 35, and sometimes it can even happen against the same team in the same week.
The Holly Springs Hawks last week earned 48-47 and 65-30 wins over Senatobia, the first one counting in district play.
“We don’t have it all together yet,” said coach Naylond Hayes, “but if we continue to improve I believe by tournament time we will be pretty solid and be where we need to be.”
The Hawks improved to 12-6 overall with the 35-point home win Saturday night at home.
The Warriors stayed close for one half. Holly High was up 22-17 at the break. Darius Dowdy, who scored 12 in the game, got eight on those in the first half.
Timothy Oliver, who finished the contest with 16 points, provided the third-quarter spark for the Hawks. He sank a three to put the home team up 25-17 early in the period, sank two free throws two minutes later after a technical on the Senatobia coach, scored again on an assist from Daniel Burton and then drilled another three at the 3:40 mark to put the Hawks up 34-17 and force a Warrior timeout.
The advantage was 42-19 after three quarters.
Senatobia was held to just 13 points in the entire second half.
Ten Hawks scored. Terek James and Daniel Burton added nine and eight, respectively.
The Warriors dropped to 4-14.
“Our intensity definitely picked up the second half,” Coach Hayes said. “Senatobia is well-coached. They will get better. We’ve developed a little bench strength, too, and that can be big for us down the stretch.”
Four nights earlier (Tuesday, Jan. 8) at Senatobia, the Hawks escaped with a 48-47 win in their first district game of the season.
They led 12-4 after one quarter, 24-19 at the half and 36-35 following three periods. The Warriors dropped to 1-2 in district play.
Oliver was the top gun with 11points. Dowdy and Burton tossed in 10 each.
Holly Springs girls The Lady Hawks were not as fortunate in their two matchups with the Lady Warriors. They lost 55-22 Saturday at home and 59-36 on Tuesday of last week at Senatobia.
Holly High dropped to 5-11 overall, while the Lady Warriors improved to 14-7.
The Lady Hawks stayed within striking distance early in the game Saturday evening - largely due to the play of Tamekico Johnson. Her back-to-back buckets, including a three, gave Holly High a 5-2 lead.
But Senatobia’s Tamekia Malone hit a three late in the first quarter and the Lady Warriors were on fire from there.
They built a 29-14 halftime advantage and outscored the home team 26-8 in the second half.
Johnson finished with seven points to lead Holly Springs. Eight Lady Hawks scored.
At Senatobia January 8, the Lady Warriors dominated the opening quarter, going up 24-8, and never looked back en route to the 23-point win over Holly High.
Johnson scored nine for the Lady Hawks, and JaShanta Walker added eight.
Holly Springs opened 0-1 in the district. Senatobia improved to 3-0.
The Hawks and Lady Hawks were scheduled to host Independence on Tuesday of this week. They then host county rival H.W. Byers Friday night and welcome Lewisburg to town next Tuesday, Jan. 22.
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