Thursday, February 26, 2009
Lady Hawks, Hawks, Lions, Cardinals fall in first round of North State
By BARRY BURLESON
Four Marshall County basketball teams, all playing on the road, were eliminated in the opening round of North State play early last week.
Seeing their seasons come to an end were the Holly Springs Lady Hawks and Hawks, the H.W. Byers Lions and the Potts Camp Cardinals.
Coach Wilbert Beard’s Holly High girls gave a heavily-favored Alcorn Central team fits February 16 before coming up short, 51-47.
The Lady Bears, first from their district, improved their record to 27-3, while the Lady Hawks, fourth from Region 3-3A, finished 12-17.
Holly High trailed 12-7 after one quarter, 28-23 at the half and 40-36 following three periods.
Leading scorers for the Lady Hawks were Katia Isom with 18, JaShanta Walker with 14 and Katrina Cowan with 10.
The Holly High boys, led by coach Naylond Hayes, traveled into enemy territory February 17 and battled the Ripley Tigers hard before falling 60-54.
A disastrous first period spelled trouble for the Hawks. They fell behind 20-6 after one quarter.
They fought back in the second and third quarters. Holly Springs trailed 41-38 after three periods before losing by six.
Timothy Oliver was the only Hawk scoring in double digits. He had 15. Shermaine Jones had nine and Johnathan Bownes eight.
The Hawks entered as the thirdplace team from Region 3-3A and the Tigers second from their district. Holly High finished with a 21- 9 mark. Ripley advanced and improved to 23-4.
The Byers Lions, fourth in Region 1-2A, came up short 52-47 at Coahoma County, first in its district.
Coach Sylvester Kilgore’s crew ended the season at 10-19.
The Lions were down 11-5 after one quarter. A 16-11 run in the second quarter pulled them to within one, 22-21. The game was knotted at 36 following three periods, but Coahoma County outscored Byers 16-11 down the stretch.
Tedarian Bryson gunned in 19 points for the Lions. Demarius Scott followed with 15. Fred Jones grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Potts Camp Cardinals ran into a buzz saw to open North State competition. They lost 93-59 at Wheeler.
The fourth place squad from Region 3-1A trailed 24-13 after one quarter, 49-28 at the half and 72-52 after three.
Top point producers for coach Brian Smith’s team were Lavonte Richmond with 18, Johnathan Falkner with 17, LaDarrius Beard with 12 and Jeremy Siggers with 10.
The Cardinals ended the season at 16-16. Wheeler, number one from its district, upped its record to 19-10.
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