Thursday, November 26, 2009
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Hawks were facing a county rival for the second time in their new season. The defending champs (2A) H.W. Byers Lady Lions (now 1A) were bringing their 3-0 record to the Holly Springs court Friday night.
Holly High had control of the first ball and was running well with the Lady Lions until they left the back door open. Byers took full advantage and ran out to a 13-3 score. They were also beating the Lady Hawks to their own rebounds. Byers’ transition game resulted in a 20-3 advantage at quarter’s end.
The Lady Lions were employing a 2-3 defense which was allowing Holly High no repeat shots. Kyra Gulledge was making it hard for Lady Hawks’ shooters who attempted shots inside the paint. Byers was leaving the Lady Hawks behind on the fast breaks. Holly High picked up 10 points in the second frame but gave up 18 to their opponents. Byers led 38-13 at intermission.
The Lady Lions still were not pulling any punches in the third. In addition to her shot blocking, Gulledge was sticking back the misfires. Brionne Gulledge hit one of her high-arched treys to end the third at 62-19.
The fourth saw no turnaround in fortunes for the home team. Byers ran in reserves liberally, but it did not affect the scoring. The Lady Lions coasted to their fourth win of the season against no losses. The final tally was 81-29.
The Lady Hawks (0-6) had no shooters in double figures but Roshunda Neely had eight with a pair of threes.
Byers was paced by 17 points from K. Gulledge, 16 from Kourtney Coleman, 14 from Precious Rodgers and 13 from Alexis Candace Seldon threw in eight.
Hawks best Lions
The Holly High Hawks, coming off of a tournament championship in the new season and their first loss, one point to Olive Branch, started a little sluggish against the Lions of H.W. Byers.
As a matter of fact, the Lions outran the Hawks in the first few minutes, even taking a 6-4 lead. The teams’ rebounding and fast breaking were pretty much even. If there were a singular difference in the first quarter, it would have to be the long ball. Holly High sank four treys to one for Byers. The score was 27-14 at the end of one in favor of the Hawks.
Both sides went to the bench regularly in the second quarter. The Hawks were exhibiting a little better bench strength than Byers. All of Holly High’s subs scored. This accounted for the 15-point lead of 45-30 at half-time. Holly High was also doing very well with shots from beyond the arc. They had seven threes in the first half.
The Hawks, who had applied heavy defensive pressure in the first half, really kept the Lions at bay in the third. They gave up just seven points. The score was 64-37.
Holly High played everyone on the bench and won 85-52.
Ryan Wilkins was top gun for the Hawks with 18, followed by Johnathan Bownes with 15 and Darius Dowdy with 11. Jairus Briggs added eight.
Jeremy Williams led Byers with 18. Next was Michell Wilson with eight.
Holly High teams will participate in the Byhalia tournament this week, November 27-28. They will face West Oktibbeha Friday, starting at 12:30 p.m. and then meet Byhalia Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.
Byers will take part in a series of contests during the holiday week, starting with the Tishomingo County Tournament and then the Tennessee Turkey Jam.
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