Thursday, February 14, 2008
County rivals split games
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Indians and the Lady Hawks were finishing regular play in the district before entering the Region 3-3A playoffs scheduled to start on Monday of this week at Northwest Community College.
The Lady Hawks of Holly High were going up against one of their fiercest rivals Friday on the road without Ebony Taylor in the lineup. At the inception it didn’t appear that the void would affect Holly High play that much. JaShanta Walker had nailed seven points before head coach Summer Pannell’s Byhalia Lady Indians mounted any kind of offense. But the Lady Indians started to beat the drums and were three points back after the first quarter at 15-12.
Chasidy Kizer showed signs of taking over the game for Byhalia when the second frame began. And without the threat of Taylor, the Lady Hawks’ fast-break game was seriously diminished. With Kizer hitting in and out of the paint, and Takita Wells driving the lane, the Lady Indians took the lead at intermission 25-21.
The Lady Indians kept pouring it on in the third, building a 14-point lead about midway. Kizer was still running the offense. She was getting the calls in the lane and hitting about 75 percent of the freebies. Wells was still wreaking havoc on the Lady Hawks’ goal-line defense. Holly High was trying to keep up but was still back by 14 at the end of the third, 48-34.
The visitors had suffered too much damage near the end of the final frame and Byhalia went on to up its region record to 2-4 while the Lady Hawks went to 4-2.
Kizer paced the victors with 29. Wells followed with 20, and Erica Bougard rounded it out with 11.
Walker led the Lady Hawks with 21 and Katrina Cowan aided with 11.
Hawks crush Indians in runaway victory
In what would be the final regular season meeting of these two county rivals, Holly High just plainly outran the Byhalia Indians on Friday night at Byhalia High School.
The Indians couldn’t get anything to fall in the opening frame and fell behind 25-7 when it ended.
The Indians gained a little balance and some ball control in the second but the point production was sorely missing. Holly High was still ringing the three-ball bell to the tune of five straight. Byhalia had no remedy for that kind of accuracy and the Hawks were out front 46-15 at intermission.
Coach Naylond Hayes was again cleaning the bench on every series and the reserves were producing. The Hawks owned a 60-25 lead at the end of three.
The fourth was a continuation of the preceding quarters and the Hawks left it all on the floor at 79-34.
Mario Parker paced the Indians with 11. Joshua Rodgers struck for nine and Jermone Marion hit eight.
Timothy Oliver planted five treys and added a pair of deuces for 19. Daniel Burton posted 13, Douglas Faulkner had 12 and Shermaine Jones shot 11.
Holly High and Byhalia teams are playing in the Region 3-3A Tournament at Northwest. A schedule is included on page 1 of the sports section.
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