Thursday, November 20, 2008
Holly High falls to 5A schools
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Hawks and Lady Hawks each had 2-1 records coming off the tournament at Coldwater when they welcomed 5A Horn Lake to the Hawks’ aerie on Veterans Day. Oddly enough, both Eagles teams were also 2-1.
The Lady Hawks didn’t put up a point until the last three minutes of the first quarter. However, with a trip to the charity stripe and a trey from Katrina Cowan, the Lady Hawks walked to within two points at 12-10. Catria Whaley blasted another three from the left corner and Cowan made it 16-15 at the line just seconds before the frame ended.
Cowan came out smoking in the second and gave the Lady Hawks a brief lead by planting back-to-back treys. For a while Holly High seemed to be hanging their fortunes on the long ball. They connected on enough to be just five points back at intermission at 37-32.
The Lady Eagles tried a different tactic in the third. Gabrielle Swain and Sammi Canizaro had perfected the art of cutting off the base line. They were claiming rebounds and producing points. With 2:18 left, the difference was 58-43. It was 63-49 at quarter’s end.
Horn Lake did very little subbing, but when replacements were run in, the “up tempo” style of play was preserved. The Lady Eagles cruised to an 81-58 victory.
Jashanta Walker led Holly High with 20. Roshunda Neely hit for 12 and Cowan had nine.
Swain had a hefty 32 for the visitors, backed up with 21 from Canizaro and 10 from Monique Biggins.
In the nightcap, the Hawks took the early lead of 7-0 to open things up. Then Josh Jones started canning threes. He tied it at 13 apiece, then took a foul at the buzzer. He sank two of three on a cleared deck to push the Eagles out front 15-13 to end the quarter.
Holly High was attempting to saturate the post positions but Horn Lake was intercepting the passes. The Hawks could generate only four points during the second quarter. The score was 26-17 with Horn Lake in front.
It is probably a good bet that Coach Naylond Hayes didn’t pass out lollipops in the locker room at half time. The Hawks dug in when they returned to the court. They cut the nine-point difference to one within the first three minutes. When the frame ended, the Hawks had a one-point lead at 37-36.
With five minutes left, the fourth turned into an intense battle. Two points behind and 1:18 left, Holly High went to full pressure. Timothy Oliver gave the Hawks a one-point lead at 49-48. But Akeem Caddell dumped a deuce on the other end to put Horn Lake back up. Holly High went back to the line and made one. A foul sent Horn Lake to the charity stripe and put Horn Lake in the victor’s column at 52-51.
Shermaine Jones led the Hawks with 16. Oliver and Darius Dowdy had 12 each.
JaMychael Moffitt had the hot hand for the Eagles with 34. Caddell gunned in 13, Jones 20 and Kendrick Moore 10.
Holly High-Olive Branch
Holly High made a road trip to Olive Branch Thursday. It was to enter into competition with another 5A school, their second within two days.
The Lady Hawks took the first quarter from their hosts at 12-4. They were slightly outscored by the Lady Conquistadors in the second at 17-13. But their big first quarter allowed them to have the 25-21 lead after the completion of two.
They were still in contention in the third quarter, scoring just one less than Olive Branch at 18-17. But in the final frame the Lady Q’s took off the gloves and put on the gauntlets. Their defense held Holly High to 11 points while their offense posted 27. The very productive fourth gave them a 66-53 total.
Jashanta Walker tossed in 21 for the visitors. Roshunda Neely hit for nine.
Olive Branch got 19 from Raven Autry, 15 from Tiffany Martin and 10 from Sheran Pegues.
In the boys’ matchup, the Hawks fell behind in the first quarter when they were out-pointed 19-15. The Q’s didn’t let up in the second either, posting a 26-14 run. It was 45-29 at intermission.
The last two quarters were identical. Holly High had 21 in each and Olive Branch had 17 in each. That equated to a final score of 82-64.
The Hawks had a trio of shooters in double figures – Kentona Shipp led with 16, followed by Shermaine Jones with 13 and Timothy Oliver with 11.
Everick Jones hit 30 big ones for Olive Branch. He was aided by John David Little with 21 and Terri Moore with 14.
Holly High squads host county rival H.W. Byers Thursday evening. They go to Horn Lake next Monday, Nov. 24. Games begin at 6 p.m.
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