February 14, 2008
Holly High teams roll on senior night
On senior night for the Holly High teams February 6, the Lady Hawks put their best sneakers forward and impressed the huge crowd with an easy win over county rival Potts Camp Lady Cardinals.
With perhaps an eye on the impending playoffs, head coach Wilbert Beard began subbing almost immediately after the opening whistle. His Lady Hawks easily won the first stanza, 19-10.
The Lady Cardinals began cutting off the ball in the second quarter, forcing Holly High to pick up its dribble. Although they were effective in reducing the deficit, their turnover ratio was still too high. They turned the ball over way too many times and with Kenyotta Jenkins on the bench, the Lady Hawks’ Ebony Taylor was leading the host’s fast-break almost to perfection. Holly High was up by 14 points at intermission, 34-20.
The Lady Cardinals tried hard to stop the runaway bus in the third. They unveiled a long-range attack, spearheaded by Jasmine Harmon. The multiple treys by Harmon had the Lady Cardinals within four points of the Lady Hawks within seconds. However, their defense was allowing Holly High too many productive spurts and the Lady Hawks were racking up multiple points. The home team was ahead 50-38 at the end of three.
The Lady Cardinals found no answer for the breaking and assisting of Taylor and the Lady Hawks coasted to a 68-50 final score.
Taylor ended with 23 points to lead the floor. Three other ladies joined her on the doubles plateau, Tamekico Johnson with 11, and JaShanta Walker and Katia Isom with 10 each.
Harmon led Potts Camp with 15, followed by Jenkins with 14.
Hawks stampede Cardinals
The Holly High bus was still in runaway mode when the Hawks hit the hardwood. In what was probably a bad omen for the Cardinals, Holly High’s first points came off a trey from Timothy Oliver.
The Cardinals got in a couple of deuces before Oliver’s next three. When the smoke cleared from the hot shooting of the Hawks in the first quarter, the score was 28-10.
In the second quarter, Darius Dowdy came in for the Hawks and practically took over the game. He planted a pair of treys and a few deuces in quick fashion and went to the line often. Head coach Naylond Hayes was giving the bench plenty of playing time. The reserves ran the score to 40-17 at halftime.
The Hawks allowed the visiting Cardinals just five points in the third, ending the quarter with a mark of 66-22.
There was little change in the final frame. Potts Camp managed five more points as the Hawks waltzed to a score of 89-27.
Oliver led the way for Holly High with 17 (five treys), while Dowdy pitched in 16, and Shermaine Jones hit 11. Just about all Hawks who entered the game scored.
Chris Sims paced his team with 13.
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