Thursday, February 5, 2009
Hawks shock Olive Branch
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Conquistadors of Olive Branch brought their teams to town Friday to contest the Holly Springs Hawks and Lady Hawks in a DeSoto-Marshall clash.
The Lady Hawks and Lady Conquistadors started with shots from beyond the arc; however, neither connected. That seemed to be the tone for most of the shots in the opening frame since the score had the visitors up by three at 8-5. The Olive Branch girls play in the 5A division, but in this game and in the early goings, they didn’t appear to be two classes better than their hosts. Verily, the Lady Hawks were operating at almost optimum level and enjoyed a one-point deficit at the end of the low scoring half at 15-14.
The Lady ’Qs seemed to be thrown off kilter by the Lady Hawks’ defense. They could not put together a sustaining run. At the end of the third frame, the Lady Hawks were still hanging around at 27-24.
The Lady Hawks made a run for it in the fourth. With a buck and change left on the clock, JaShanta Walker forced the Lady ’Qs into a crucial turnover. She took it coast to coast and tied it at 30-all. The game see-sawed for a short while and then with about a nickel left, Olive Branch scored twice to take a 38-32 victory.
The Lady Hawks didn’t have any shooters in double figures, but Walker and Katia Isom had nine apiece.
Danielle Brown and Sharae Pigues scored 12 each for the Lady Conquistadors.
Hawks upset Olive Branch
Playing to an almost capacity crowd at the Holly High gym, the Hawks took down one of the powerhouse teams in the 5A division. The Conquistadors, ranked seventh overall in the state, had lost only one game to a Tennessee team prior to taking the floor against the Hawks.
The ’Qs (22-1) lit the board with a trey, which was matched in quick fashion by the Hawks’ Tavarus Hardy. If this was supposed to be a run-a-way in the minds of the visitors, it was not happening in the minds of the Hawks. The play of the Hawks was pleasing the large partisan crowd. The scores were not that tall, but Holly High’s defense was showing big. The Hawks had the two-point advantage at the end of the first.
Holly High had led for the entire second quarter until Keshun Cowan gave the visitors a one-point lead with about 20 clicks left on the clock. It only stood a couple of seconds. Shermaine Jones stuck one back at the buzzer to make it 22-21 Holly High at the half.
Both teams stepped up the intensity after the intermission and play became heated with the fans in the stands cheering their Hawks on. Holly High was doing a masterful job of defending against the passes inside. It was tied 31-31 at the end of three.
The entire final quarter was nip and tuck. Fortunately, the Hawks were doing most of the tucking. Timothy Oliver gave the hosts a one-point advantage at 41-40 at the line with 1:22 left to play. They stopped the Conquistadors on their attempt and at the other end, Jones gave them another two on a stickback. The ’Qs called for time with 31.4 left to set the play, which was a three-point attempt that didn’t make it. The Hawks (17-7) pulled the upset 43-40.
Darius Dowdy led the victors with eight. Marcus McKinney followed with six.
Olive Branch’s Cowan and Everick Morris scored nine each.
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