Thursday, December 18, 2008
Hawks beat Byhalia
By BARRY BURLESON
The Holly Springs High School Hawks began district play last week with a road win over intracounty rival Byhalia.
The 60-56 victory also avenged a one-point loss to the Indians four nights early in the Bi-County Tournament semi-finals.
“We played very good,” said Naylond Hayes, head coach of the Hawks. “We didn’t make the mistakes down the stretch that we did in the Bi-County.”
The game was tight throughout. Holly High led 22-18 after one period, but the Indians rallied to go ahead 34-30 at the half. The momentum then swung back in the Hawks’ direction. They went on a 20-11 run in the third, led 50-45 and held on in the fourth.
Shermaine Jones’ 20 points was tops for the Hawks. Darious Dowdy added 18.
For Byhalia, Kenyatta Jones poured in 20. Cornelius Blackmon scored 12.
The Indians improved to 7-4 and more importantly started 1-0 in district.
“The regular season determines the seeding in the district tournament,” Hayes said, “and that’s extremely important.
“Once we piece it all together, I believe we can be one of the top teams in the state.”
Lady Indians-Lady Hawks
The Byhalia Lady Indians knocked off Holly High 62-53 in the night’s first contest.
Erica Bougard tossed in a game-high 24 points for coach Summer Pannell’s squad. Megan Rayford followed with 10.
Leading coach Wilbert Beard’s Lady Hawks were Jashanta Walker with 12 points, Tamekico Johnson with 11 and Katrina Cowan with 10.
Byhalia jumped out front 16-11 after one period and increased the advantage to 33-16 at halftime.
Both Holly High teams defeated district foe Independence Friday night at home.
The Lady Indians and Indians both lost Friday night at 5A neighbor Olive Branch.
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