Thursday, November 19, 2009
Lady Cards, Hawks earn victories
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Hawks took the floor for their home opener November 9 versus Potts Camp under new management. They have a new head coach, Crystal Stewart, and a new assistant, Candace Saulsbury.
The tip went to Holly High, which is returning a handful of players from last season’s squad. The Lady Cardinals were bringing a proven veteran in Kenyotta Jenkins. This was the season’s inaugural game for both teams. Potts Camp appeared to be better prepared on defense. And while they ran up a sizeable lead in the first quarter, their lane shooting and ball control were suspect. The first ended 20-6 in favor of the visitors.
Jenkins had been relatively quiet in the first period, but in the second frame started doing what she does best – taking the ball to the nets. She was defending the paint on defense and using it on offense. She was getting plenty of help from Tanesha Woods and Ashton Gandy.
Holly High’s Megan Crittle hit the first trey of the game at the buzzer. The halftime score was 43-25 in favor of Potts Camp.
After intermission, both teams hit the court running and gunning. Crittle began to make a game of it. She sank her second trey and came back with a pair of deuces. Shakerra Dawkins stuck one of her three balls and seconds later Holly High pulled to within 13. But Potts Camp answered, pouring it on again and moving out to a 22-point lead at 66-44 at the end of three.
The Class A Lady Cardinals, who went to the charity stripe often, coasted to a 91-55 win over their 3A opponents.
Jenkins led all shooters with 20. She had four team mates in double figures. Woods posted 14, Samantha Stinson 12 and Lamonica Ingram 11.
Dawkins paced the Lady Hawks with 14, followed by Crittle with 12 and Kayla Burns with 10.
Hawks win opener
The tip went to the visitors but it was a dog fight after that for the first two quarters. There was a lot of flash and dash from both squads but not much production. Three minutes into the fray and it was 3-3.
Neither team was settling down but Potts Camp was making better shot selections. Infractions were about even between the teams and they both had identical records at the charity stripe at three apiece. The first frame ended at 13- 9 in favor the visitors.
Early in the second, the Holly High Hawks drew a tech. Potts Camp was in front by four and the battle for loose balls intensified. The Hawks were finally beginning to apply some steam. They put some space between themselves and the Cardinals during the last minutes of the second period. They had a 14-digit lead at intermission at 35-21.
Holly High’s Darius Dowdy really pumped up his game in the first three minutes of the third quarter. He hit a pair of treys and then stuck double deuces before following with another trey. The Hawks moved out to a 30-point margin at 56-26. Dowdy even gave the huge crowd a dunk before the third ended at 69-30.
The Hawks, who had held the Cardinals to single digits in both the second and third frames, began to run in reserves. They added 20 more points to take the first game of the season 89-40.
Dowdy led the floor with 24. He was followed by Kentona Shipp and Marquis Howell with 11 each. Deckie Johnson added 10.
For potts Camp, JaVaughn Jones scored 10.
The Hawks played at Olive Branch Tuesday. They host H.W. Byers Friday, starting at 6 p.m.
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