Thursday, February 7, 2008
Lady Hawks beat Rosa Fort
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Hawks of Holly High faced a real nemesis in the Lady Lions of Rosa Fort on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
And the visitors appeared a little stunned when the hosts took an early 6-2 lead. Seconds before the buzzer, Ebony Taylor was fouled on a stick-back and completed an old fashioned three to put the Lady Hawks out 9-6 at the end of the first frame.
Early in the second quarter, the Lady Lions started to show why they were 15-6 overall and 3-0 in the region. They took over the lead briefly and showed surprise again when the Lady Hawks tied them at 22. But the Lady Lions had oiled their three machine and Jacarra Fell put the visitors back up at the buzzer, 25-22.
The Lady Hawks kept it close and Katia Isom gave the reins back to Holly High at the charity stripe. It was tied twice and then the Lady Hawks ran up a 34-28 lead. The Lady Lions erased it in short order and swung it back their way at the end of three.
Holly High was doing a much better than usual job of zeroing in on loose balls. The Lady Hawks took the lead a few times and when behind were tugging at the Lady Lions’ shirttails. It was tied at 46 when Zambree Taylor fouled out for Rosa Fort. She had been one of the most productive rebounders for the visitors.
Holly High took full advantage of the void and took it right down to the last inch. The clock was ticking with Holly High ahead by one and then Isom at the charity line. She canned both. But Sherra Payno gave the lead back to Rosa Fort.
JaShanta Walker probably iced it for Holly High but just to make sure Taylor took out two-point insurance at the line. The Lady Hawks had upset the team which had beaten them twice before this season, 55-50. The Lady Hawks went to 3-1 in Region 3-3A.
Taylor led the Hawks’ effort with 18, aided by 15 from Walker and 11 from Isom.
Hawks fail in bid to upset Rosa Fort Lions
It looked like the clash between Holly High boys and Rosa Fort was going to be as entertaining as the girls. The Hawks took a 9-6 lead but the Lions, 21-4 overall and 3-0 in Region 3-3A, roared back and took a 15-11 margin at the end of one.
In the second quarter, coach Naylond Hayes started to substitute liberally and frequently. The reserves did a good job, all scoring in just a few minutes on the floor. The Hawks left the floor at intermission four points ahead of the visitors at 27-23. This was against a team which had defeated them twice this season.
The coaching staff at Rosa Fort was frantically exhorting the Lions to get back into the game. A few well-placed treys and the Lions had a five-point lead. It reached seven at one point before the Hawks trimmed it to four at the end of three, 43-39.
Neither team was showing signs of fatigue. The final three minutes saw the game tied a few times. The coaching staff for Tunica was more than vociferous. Everyone on the bench was trying to call the game; they were doing everything to prevent the upset. Holly High’s Timothy Oliver made it a three-point game at the line but there were only 46 seconds left. The Lions prevailed 59-52.
Oliver led the Hawks with 14 and Daniel Burton had 14.
Holly High-Olive Branch
Holly High teams lost Friday night at 5A Olive Branch – the Hawks 70-62 and the Lady Hawks 42-34.
Timothy Oliver had 20 points in the Hawks’ eight-point loss. Douglas Faulkner followed with 14.
Their record fell to 15-8.
JaShanta Walker scored 11 in the Lady Hawks’ eight-point loss.
Holly High teams hosted Marshall County opponent Potts Camp Tuesday. They visit district and county rival Byhalia Friday night. The Region 3-3A Tournament will be played next week at Northwest Community College.
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