Thursday, January 31, 2008
Holly High teams ease by Lewisburg
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Lady Hawks may not be playing to their potential but according to their head coach, Wilbert Beard, they are in a good position in Region 3-3A at this point.
They were scheduled to play at North Panola last Friday night but the game was postponed because of inclement weather.
The Lady Hawks achieved their second divisional win when the Lewisburg teams came to town on January 22. The Lady Patriots looked as though they were going to be overwhelmed early Holly High when they fell seven points behind in the first two minutes. But after calming down they went on a tear and pulled to within two. However, their play was not consistent and the Lady Hawks were showing productivity which has been missing in previous contests. They held a 23-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Lewisburg was not taking great care of the ball and was giving the Lady Hawks two many opportunities through turnovers. The Lady Hawks were out-fouling their visitors 2 to 1, but the Lady Pats were not making good on the trips to the free-throw line. The margin had slipped to 37-17 at intermission.
The teams were neck-and-neck at the end of three, going 15-14 in the scoring which left Holly high with a big gap advantage at 52-31.
Monesha Harmon was doing yeoman’s service in the third and fourth quarters, but she was outgunned by the Lady Hawks who were getting the same service from Katia Isom. The Lady Hawks were also enjoying help from their reserves. They cruised to a 73-45 victory.
Harmon had 24 points for the visitors, followed by Dreka Robertson with 14.
Isom threw in 28 for Holly High to lead the field. Tamekico Johnson added 12. Ebony Taylor and JaShanta Walker had 10 each. Katrina Cowan pitched in nine.
The Lady Hawks were scheduled to play Rosa Fort at home on Tuesday.
Hawks makes it a clean sweep over hapless Lewisburg
The Lewisburg Pats had a record of 7-13 with one region 3-3A victory when they took on the Hawks.
Holly High bagged the first deuce but the Pats took over after that and ran off seven unanswered points. They ran tit for tat then tied at 11. Thirteen seconds later Timothy Oliver put the Hawks ahead at the buzzer via a long trey. The Hawks led 14-11 after one.
In the second quarter the Hawks were slowly rising to their level of play. Oliver hit a pair from three land and Tavarus Hardy stuck another. There was a low incidence of fouling in the second quarter. Lewisburg committed five infractions and Holly High one. The score was 37-17 at half time.
The Hawks allowed the Pats only six points in the third, while they widened the chasm of separation by 19. It was 54-23 when the third frame ended.
The Hawks ran rampant in the last quarter. And for whatever reason(s), neither team would call off the foul sign. The final was 76-36.
Oliver had a game-high 21 points (five treys). Darius Dowdy had 14 and Tarek James struck for nine. Eleven Hawks participated in the scoring show.
Nick Fike led Lewisburg with 11. Teammate Chad Hunter scored nine.
After hosting Tunica Rosa Fort Tuesday, the Hawks (15-6 on the season) and Lady Hawks go to Olive Branch Friday night. They host Potts Camp next Tuesday, February 6.
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