Thursday, January 22, 2009
Marshall County rivals
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Hawks of Holly High would probably have liked to forego their contest with the Lady Lions of H.W. Byers after all was said and done last Friday evening. The Lady Lions were still undefeated at 20-0 and had achieved a number one ranking in the state.
Byers controlled the tip, but the Lady Hawks appeared ready to take on this county foe which has enough weapons in its arsenal to win a small war. They managed to keep pace with the defending 2A state champions for much of the first quarter. That is until the Lady Lions started going after the ball full court. And the Lady Lions even blew a few close ones but canned the majority to take a first frame lead of 17-8.
In the second, the gloves came off and the Lady Lions showed why they were rulers of the Lions’ Den. Holly High hit a real drought at the basket and Byers pummeled them 40-1 in the second quarter. They were completely helpless against the rush of the Jones girls. Rachel and Amanda tracked, trapped and dished the orb and Byers went to a 49-9 mark at the intermission.
Coach Jason Thompson had already begun substituting at will, but it had little or no effect on the scoring output. Byers held Holly High to 12 points in the third to make it 79-20.
Holly High was getting some good looks and hit 11 points in the fourth. They were getting some good looks but the Lady lions were still pouring it on. Amanda Jones went to the bench for the last time, one short of a double-double. She had nine steals and 26 points, twelve of those coming from threes. The final score was 85-31.
Ciarra Seldon followed Amanda with 11 (a trio of treys). Kourtney Coleman hit for 10, as did Alexis Hardaway.
JaShanta Walker scored 12 fo the Lady Hawks.
Holly High downs Lions
The tone was set early in this one. It was a fast-paced, action-filled contest which eventually favored the Hawks. No matter the class or status, it is always going to be heated when county rivals hit the hardwood. The visitors got the better of the home team, leaving them behind 15-10 in the first.
The scoring was still slow in the second, but the Hawks were keeping the lead. However, Tedarian Bryson was grabbing a lions’ share of the rebounds and exhibiting outstanding ball control. The Hawks hit 10 points while holding the Lions to nine. At half time it was 25-19.
In the third, Kentonna Shipp shifted into overdrive and aided by Darius Dowdy, they quickly changed the complexion of the game. A lack of ball control and poor shooting were sinking the Lions. The Hawks doubled them up at 42-21.
The Lions’ speed and dedication hadn’t changed, they just weren’t getting the drops. In addition, Byers was committing twice as many fouls as their opponents. They were fortunate in the fact that Holly High performed poorly at the line in the first half. Holly High went on to the 70-48 victory.
Shipp led the floor with 27; next was McKinney with 18; and Timothy Oliver rounded out the top scorers with eight.
Byers had three shooters in double figures – Bryson with 21, while Fred Jones and Demarius Scott had 10 each.
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