Thursday, January 22, 2009
Holly High takes pair from Independence
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Hawks and Hawks were on the road to Independence town Tuesday evening of last week to take on a Region 3 rival.
The Holly High girls faced the Lady Wildcats first in a contest which pitted their 2-4 record against the Lady ’Kats’ 4-3 mark.
Holly High controlled the tip but turned it over in speedy fashion. Independence came up with back-to-back treys. But the Lady Hawks tried to slow the ’Kats’ attack down with some adept post play from JaShanta Walker. Each team gave up five fouls in the first quarter and the Hawks made good on four of six trips to the foul line. The Lady ’Kats were able to convert too; however, and they had a one-point margin at the end of the first quarter at 12-11.
The teams traded baskets a lot in the second and just when the Lady ’Kats thought they were out-pointing the Lady Hawks, the visitors set them back with some three ball success from Catria Whaley and Katia Isom. The former hit one and the latter hit a pair.
The teams were matching each other in all aspects in the second except at the charity stripe. The Lady Hawks were getting there often but their line shooting had gone cold. The game was tied at 27-all at intermission.
The Lady Hawks did not relinquish the lead in the third and had a five-point margin at 40-35 when the horn sounded.
Both teams played very solid defense throughout the fourth with the Lady ’Kats doubling the Lady Hawks in fouls. The line shooting of Holly High did not border on spectacular, but they hit enough to keep a four-point difference. They had 10 misses. The final score was 52-48.
Behind the 16-point shooting from Walker and 13 from Isom, the Lady Hawks moved their record to 3-4 in the region.
Leading the Lady ’Kats were Camia O’Neal with 11, Ricka Cole with nine and Ykeysha Wooten with eight.
Hawks rout Wildcats
The Hawks hit the floor at Independence with winning on their minds.
They followed the high speed performances of Kentonna Shipp and Marcus McKinney to riddle the Wildcats’ defense and run up a 25-17 point lead in the first quarter. Collectively, there were six treys hit in the first with Kyle Blount of Independence hitting four of them.
The Hawks continued to move the ball well in the second frame, threading the post defense of the Wildcats and sinking close-in baskets. They managed to put 12 points between themselves and the Wildcats at intermission with a 37-25 mark.
The Hawks did not let up in the third frame. However, they were encountering opposition from Wildcats junior Londen Parker (who also quarterbacks the Independence football team). Parker was contesting the Hawks’ post players. The score at the end of three was 58-38.
The play of Shipp and McKinney had not waned. They were turning fast break after fast break.
Coach Naylond Hayes began clearing the Hawks’ bench in the bottom half of the fourth. They cruised to a 70-41 final score. The win put the Hawks at 5-2 in the district and dropped the Wildcats to 2-5.
McKinney paced the Hawks with 15, while Shipp hit 12, and Roderick Glover threw in nine.
Blount led the Wildcats with 15 (all treys) and Parker struck for eight.
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