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.
• Indians, Lady Lions take wins
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions hosted the Lady Indians of Byhalia to renew their intra-county rivalry on November 17 and both entered 2-0.
The teams are playing in new classifications this season – Byers is now a 1A member and Byhalia moved up to 4A. Classes and divisions aside, when these two meet each is looking for bragging rights.
Lady Cards 6-0
By BARRY BURLESON
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals take a Thanksgiving break this week with an unblemished record.
“We’re off to a good start,” coach Tana Miller said about her team’s 6-0 mark. “We’re playing pretty well, but we still have a lot of work and a lot of games ahead of us.”
Last week the Lady Cardinals defeated Hickory Flat, Wheeler and Pine Grove – the thriller being an overtime win Friday night at Wheeler. The Potts Camp boys went 1-2 against the same schools.
Basketball registration continues
The Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Department is holding registration for youth basketball.
The league is for boys and girls ages 4-14.
Registration is available at the Eddie L. Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building or city hall Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is a $20 registration fee. For more information, call 662-252-4807.
Behind The Scoreboard
What a game
Wildcat, Wild Rebel, Wild Tiger. Even the color commentators were confused. But would you believe the entertainment quotient easily over-equaled the perplexity? Yeah, we are talking about the SEC football game just south of Jolly Holly on Saturday afternoon in Oxford.
Marshall squads move to 6-3, 4-2
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy’s trip to the West Memphis Christian Tournament last week produced mixed results.
The Lady Patriots and Patriots eased by teams from Lee (Marianna, Ark.) and then lost hard-fought battles against talented Memphis-Area Home Education Association (MHEA) squads. The MA girls also beat Tunica earlier in the week in a non-tourney game.
Patriots, coach receive honors
Several Marshall Academy Patriots have received post-season football recognition.
Two senior Patriots – Tyler Childers and Will Patton – have been selected state all-stars. They will play for the north team in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star Game on Friday, Dec. 4, at Mississippi College. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Hawks lose by one
The Class 3A Holly High Hawks traveled to big school Olive Branch Tuesday of last week and almost shocked the 6A Conquistadors.
The contest was tight throughout with the Hawks falling 56-55.
Coach Naylond Hayes’ team grabbed a 13-9 lead in the first quarter but fell behind 26-24 at the half. Holly High trailed 40-38 after three quarters and outscored Olive Branch 17-16 in the fourth but it wasn’t quite enough.
Johnathan Bownes poured in 20 points for the Hawks. Others in double figures were Ryan Wilkins with 15 and Darius Dowdy with 12.
It was Holly High’s first loss of the season, pushing its record to 4-1.
The Lady Hawks lost 70-33 to the Lady Conquistadors.
The Holly Springs girls, who fell to 0-5 on the season, trailed 37-15 at the half.
Top scorers for the Lady Hawks were Kayla Burns, Rachel Selman and Shakerra Dawkins with seven each.
Lamar senior returns after missing last season with injuries
By CHRISTOPHER DABE
Like a parent who knows when a child lies, Lamar University men’s basketball coach Steve Roccaforte looks at his players for a telling expression.
In the case of senior forward Justin Nabors, Roccaforte keeps a closer eye on him than any other player.
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