Thursday, November 27, 2008
Byers girls, Hawks get wins
By CLAUDE VINSON
The start was a bit slow for both teams in this intra-county matchup which always draws a large contingent of fans from both sides.
The host Lady Hawks got the tip in the November 20 contest, but the Lady Lions got the first basket on a stick-back by Symone Gorman. Points were not falling that easy, but Byers was winning the rebounding war.
Katia Isom made it a two-point game for Holly High with about a half minute left in the first quarter. She then broke away and tied it with a close-in bucket. The visitors incurred a “tech” on an inbound pass which sent Isom back to the line, but she failed in both attempts to move the tie. It was 13-all at the end of the first.
The Lady Lions received some dubious calls at the beginning of the second quarter but they just may have served to cement determination. The Jones girls (Rachel and Amanda), imposed their speedy wills on the Lady Hawks. Aided by Kourtney Coleman, they took the lead to a wide margin of 24 points. It was 40-16 at intermission.
The third quarter completed the meltdown for the Lady Hawks. They managed to put up 13 points, but it had little impact on a lead by the visitors – which had reached 61-29 at the third’s end.
Byers Head Coach Jason Thompson ran in replacements at will and all players taking the floor scored. The Lady Lions were driving a runaway train. It didn’t get any easier for the Lady Hawks. Byers cruised to a final score of 82-52.
The Lady Lions ran their record to 9-0 under the floor performances of Amanda Jones (20 points), Coleman (16 points), Rachel Jones (13 points) and Gorman (11 points).
For Holly High, Roshunda Neely was the top scorer with 12. Isom added nine. Katrina Cowan and Shakerra Dawkins had six each.
Hawks, Lions battle
When attending games which are considered to be long-standing rivalries, one can expect to be treated to some fireworks. Both of these teams had season records of 3-3. Of course, one is a 3A school and the other is 2A. However, you can discount those two stats because they have little bearings on contests such as these.
The Hawks were being led by their assistant coach because head coach Naylond Hayes was away from the bench. Coach James Green was also on the bench for the varsity Hawks.
Kentona Shipp opened the scoring for Holly High with a deuce. It was mostly rebound-gathering and position-seeking for the major portion of the quarter. Near the end both teams went to their long ball shooters. And both had success. Andre Jones gave Byers its first lead at 14-11 after a tie at 11. But the Hawks came right back and tied it with a trey and a deuce to end the quarter 16-16.
Midway through the second stanza, this one turned into a real donnybrook. The Lions’ Tedarian Bryson was going fast and strong to the basket and also stepping outside and planting them behind the arc. Each team had a trio of threes and it was tied again at 25.
The score kept bouncing from one to the other. They were still living by the long ball. Jones brought the Lions back even to 32 when he hit one at the horn.
Holly High took an early four-point lead in the second half. Demarius Scott came off of the Lions’ bench and brought a new spurt of energy. He posted some big baskets before the Hawks’ defense shut him down. The Hawks then achieved their biggest lead of the game of six points on an unanswered run of eight points. The third ended with Holly High up 48-42.
The Lions tried hard during the entire last quarter to catch and erase the Hawks’ lead but couldn’t quite manage it. They whittled it to three and then five a couple of times but the Hawks put it right back. Time was fast running out for the visitors. The hosts took the game 66-60.
Shermaine Jones led the Hawks with 17, followed by Tavarus Hardy with 11.
Bryson was high point man for the Lions with 15. Scott was next with 14. Fred Jones had 12 and Andre Jones nine.
Byers hosted Independence Friday night. Holly High went to Horn Lake Monday. The Hawks and Lady Hawks host Coldwater on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
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