Thursday, December 24, 2009
Hawks dominate Wildcats, Devils
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Wildcats from Independence came to the Hawks’ home court Tuesday, Dec. 15, and left with a split.
The Lady Wildcats faced the Lady Hawks in the first game and the Lady Hawks started things with a three-ball from RoShunda Neely. But very quickly, Independence bounced back and went 7-3. Holly High also came back and took the lead briefly at 9-8. Scant seconds later, the Lady ’Cats moved the score to a 14-11 lead at quarter’s end.
The Lady Hawks had held their own in points production in the first frame, but early in the second the Lady ’Cats became more aggressive, especially in the rebounding department. They managed to stay ahead of Holly High at the half with a mark of 29-23.
The Lady Hawks were not short on hustle. They were banging just as hard as the visitors, however, it was not showing up on the scoreboard. Midway of the third frame, the Independence coach sent in a fresh pair of claws in Jerricka Cole. By quarter’s end she had led the Lady ’Cats to a 53-29 lead.
Independence kept adding to its total, mostly through the use of reserves. The visitors took the victory by a 69-42 final tally.
Shakerra Dawkins paced Holly High with 13 points and Rachel Selman pitched in eight.
The Holly High Hawks started early to live up to their 12-1 record. The first bucket was a trey from Darius Dowdy (he would go on to sink three more over the course of the game.) The Hawks let the Wildcats get four points before shutting them down. The Hawks took the first frame 18-7.
In the second period both benches began subbing frequently. It benefited the Hawks but did little to help their opponents. Holly High led 37-20 at intermission.
The Wildcats tried but could not diminish the Hawks lead. When Independence did make a run for it, Holly High came right back and erased the progress. They had players coming off the bench sinking threes. The score was 47-31 at the end of the third.
There was no threat from the Wildcats in the final period and Holly High waltzed to the 67-43 finish.
Just about every player entering the game for Holly High scored. Dowdy and Jonathan Bownes registered 12 and 11, respectively.
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