Thursday, February 19, 2009
Lady Hawks fourth, advance
By CLAUDE VINSON
Holly High’s Lady Hawks opened play in the Region 3-3A Tournament at Rosa Fort on Monday afternoon of last week against the Lady Wildcats of Independence.
They got some immediate leadership from two of their senior players. Katia Isom and JaShanta Walker showed their mettle and helped to build an 11-8 lead in the first. Holly High gave up the second quarter by a single digit to the Lady Wildcats but that was the only frame which they conceded. They still had the upper hand by two at 24-22 at intermission.
The Lady Wildcats were still trying to hang around in the third quarter and lagged behind by three points at the end of three. The 36-34 score would be as close as they would get. The Lady Hawks turned on the speed in the fourth, amassing a whopping 24 points to 15 for the Lady ’Kats. The Lady Hawks advanced with a 60-48 total.
Isom and Walker led with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Katrina Cowan stuck 14 points and was followed by Tamekico Johnson with eight.
Oddly enough, the Lady Wildcats’ top scorers, Ricka Cole and Camia O’Neal matched Walker and Isom with 17 and 16, respectively.
The win set up a semi-final match on Thursday with the number one seed Rosa Fort Lady Lions.
Lady Hawks lose in semis
The Lady Hawks knew that their contest with the Rosa Fort Lady Lions was going to be a tough one because they had lost one of their key players in the game with Independence. Tamekico Johnson had aggravated an old injury and was not able to play.
Head coach Wilbert Beard would remark later, “We rely on the consistent play of Tamekico. She is known to hit her share of points.”
However, the Lady Hawks stayed with the Lady Lions for two quarters. At the end of the first they were behind 11-9. When the horn sounded intermission, the score was 23-20.
Holly High was still playing good defense in the third. They only scored five but they held the opposition to 11. The score was still not insurmountable at 34-28 at the end of three.
The Lady Lions took the last quarter 16-12 for a final score of 50-37.
Jacarra Fell paced the victors with 25, helped by nine points from Zambree Taylor.
Walker led the Lady Hawks’ efforts with 19, aided with 15 from Isom.
Lady Hawks finish fourth
The Lady Hawks, still working from a short roster, faced Senatobia in the consolation round on Friday.
Holly High let the Lady Warriors slip away from them in the opening frame.
Coach Beard said Holly High was suiting up eight players and playing six.
“Tamekico may be lost for the remainder of the playoffs,” he said.
After the 15-4 first quarter, the Lady Hawks began to pull themselves together and get seven more points on the board before halftime. They had been stuck on four points for almost an entire quarter. This was due in great part to the stifling defense employed by the Lady Warriors. They were forcing the Lady Hawks into numerous turnovers. The score was 19-11 at half time.
Cowan gave the Lady Hawks a shot in the arm with a three ball to open the third. The Lady Hawks seemingly gained energy from the shot and began playing a much better game. They had never led but tied it at 22 all on a long ball by Isom. They had moved to within five at 30-25 when the third ended.
“We just ran out of steam in the fourth quarter,” Beard said. “Our girls had been battling hard the entire game. We couldn’t rest our key people”.
The Lady Warriors went on to a 48-34 win.
Walker hit 14 points for Holly High with Isom pitching in 10.
Kalisha Davis had four treys on her way to the game high 21. Lady Warrior Tyronnica Webb shot 11 and Ziesha Todd hit 8.
The Lady Hawks were scheduled to play at Alcorn Central on Monday to open the North Half.
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