Thursday, January 14, 2010
Hawks soaring, improve to 16-1
By BARRY BURLESON
It’s been five years since the Holly High Hawks won a state basketball championship.
But this year’s team entered this week’s action at 16-1 and has its eyes on the top prize in Class 3A. The bulk of the roster is seniors and juniors.
“I told them, ‘Imagine it, and it’s possible,’ coach Naylond Hayes said. “We have the experience. We just have to put it all together. We’re not quite there yet.”
Hayes led the Hawks to back-to-back state titles in 2004 and 2005. The Hawks were runners-up in 2006.
“If we keep improving, we’ve got a shot (at the gold ball),” Hayes said. “I know the players want it. But we certainly can’t get the big head.”
Holly High’s only victim last week was Charleston. The Hawks downed the district foe 56-49 on the road Tuesday night, Jan. 5.
Johnathan Bownes scored 27, almost half the Hawks’ points. Contributing 11 each were Ryan Wilkins and Darius Dowdy.
Holly High led 16-11 after one quarter, 29-25 at the half and 41-34 following three periods.
The Holly Springs Lady Hawks, winless on the season, fell 72-55 at Charleston.
They trailed 24-18 after one quarter, 38-28 at the half and 56-38 following three quarters.
Shakerra Dawkins had 19 points for the Lady Hawks. RoShunda Neely added 13.
The Hawks and Lady Hawks visited Independence Tuesday. They host East Side Friday night and Charleston Saturday (rescheduled due to last week’s snow and ice). Next Tuesday, Jan. 19, Holly High teams go to Palmer (Marks).
District games start at 5 p.m.
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