Thursday, January 15, 2009
Hawks down Warriors twice
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Naylond Hayes had seen these slow-down tactics before – like in the 2006 state championship game versus Yazoo County.
But this time it didn’t work for the opposition. Thanks to a buzzer beater by Tavarus Hardy, the Holly Springs High School Hawks turned back Senatobia 30-28 Tuesday night, Jan. 6, at home.
“They were holding the ball,” Hayes said. “They didn’t think they could run with us and it almost worked.”
The Warriors grabbed a 12-5 lead after one quarter. The score was tied at 14 at the half and at 21 following three periods.
The Hawks were down by one and had a throw-in near their own goal with 1.2 seconds left. Timothy Oliver found the “only person open,” Coach Hayes said.
“He made a good, firm pass to Tavarus (Hardy), who caught it and shot it just beyond the three-point line. It looked like it was going in. I held my breath. It was the answer to a prayer.”
Shermaine Jones and Hardy finished with six points each. Darius Dowdy scored five.
The Holly High girls couldn’t hang on in the second half and lost 48-42 to the Lady Warriors.
Coach Wilbert Beard’s Lady Hawks were up 17-14 at the intermission; however, Senatobia went on an 18-13 run in the third quarter and outscored Holly Springs 16-12 in the fourth.
Tamekico Johnson led the Lady Hawks with 13 points. Katia Isom and JaShanta Walker contributed nine each.
Holly High-Senatobia again
The same two schools collided Friday night in Senatobia, and the results were the same.
The Hawks got 17 points from Jones in a 46-40 win over the Warriors.
Holly High (12-6 on the season) erupted for a 13-8 lead in the first quarter and took a narrow 19-16 advantage to the locker room at halftime. The Hawks outscored the home team 16-11 in the third period and hung on for the big road victory.
Dowdy added eight points, while Johnathan Bownes and Oliver added six each.
The Lady Hawks dropped a 56-45 decisions to the Senatobia girls this time around.
The Lady Hawks fell behind 33-26 at the half.
Isom was Holly High’s top scorer with 15 points. Katrina Cowan followed with nine, while Johnson contributed eight.
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