February 21, 2008
Hawks beat Indians for third in region
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Hawks entered the Region 3-3A Tournament at Northwest with a shocking upset of county rival Byhalia in their first game on Wednesday.
They were bested by the Lady Lions of Rosa Fort Thursday. They met the Lady Warriors of Senatobia in the consolation round on Friday.
Things did not bode well for the Lady Hawks from the start in the game to decide third and fourth place. The Lady Warriors had buried 12 points before Holly High sank its first two. The Lady Hawks finally found some offense in the first and hit 10 straight to go 10 down at the end at 20-10.
The Lady Hawks were still being beaten from all angles in the second. Try as they may, they could not keep Bianca Dean from pelting the nylon from the paint. The Lady Hawks were not productive in the second and fell behind 37-10 at halftime. They never got it going. The Lady Warriors moved out to 51-19 at the end of three and won the game by a score of 62-26.
The Lady Hawks had no shooters in double figures but Tamekico Johnson managed nine.
Dean led the floor with 24.
The Lady Hawks were scheduled to travel to Charleston for their first game in the North Half on Monday night.
Hawks finish third
Holly High fell to Independence on Thursday, 66-59, but bounced back to beat Byhalia in the consolation game.
On Friday it came down to two staunch rivals vying with each other again in the consolation bracket. Probably neither of these two teams saw themselves meeting each other for the third and fourth place finishers in this tournament.
Timothy Oliver started planting threes early and the Hawks had stopped the Indians cold in the first quarter at 25-9. The two have come to know each other pretty well since this was their fourth meeting this season. The score at halftime was 38-24.
The Indians kept creeping up on the Hawks but they were being constantly repelled by the three-point shooting of Oliver. He had six treys over the course of the game. At the end of three it was 57-48.
The fourth quarter turned hectic. The Indians tried hard to make a comeback run. They finally succeeded in getting the point spread below nine, but it was short lived. The Hawks went on to take a 10- point victory at 76-66.
Oliver sank 26 to lead the Hawks. Shermaine Jones struck for 18 and Darius Dowdy hit 12.
Mario Parker hit 14 for the Indians. Marquise Green hit 12 and Courtney Warren hit 10.
Holly High traveled to Cleveland East Side in the first round of North State play Tuesday, with Byhalia going to Humphreys County.
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