Thursday, January 21, 2010
Holly High’s streak ends
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks and Lady Hawks had their claws and craws filled with teams from the Delta this past weekend. On Friday, the school hosted East Side of Cleveland in district games.
The East Side Trojanettes had an overall record of 8-9 and a district mark of 3-1. The Lady Hawks were still seeking their first win in both venues.
Ball handling and shot selection hurt the Lady Hawks early. Holly High was not giving up any size advantage. They were having their major difficulties with LaShyra Cotton. She accounted for the Trojanettes’ first 11 points. The Lady Hawks were opting for the long shot and coming up empty. They trailed by 13 in the first at 19-6.
Cotton continued her dominance in the second quarter. She was playing clean-up woman and controlling the offensive rebounds. East Side gave her a rest in the second part of the second frame. Holly High began to block out and go for the defensive rebounds. The Lady Hawks also upped their efforts at the other end. It had little impact because Cotton returned and the Trojanettes went to the midway break at 35-9.
East Side moved out a little farther in the third and Holly High managed to get 11 points added to make it 47-20 at the third’s end.
The game ended with the visitors cruising to a 55-28 victory.
Kayla Burns led Holly High with eight.
Hawks fall short
The Hawks put their 17-1 record and 13-game win streak on the line last Friday evening against East Side of Cleveland. The Trojans had a record of 14-6 with a 3-1 record in the division. The Hawks had not lost a division game. This one was supposed to have plenty fireworks because the Trojans were ranked number five in the state and Holly High was rated number one in 3A. The Trojans also had a 6’10” junior by the name of Johnny O’Bryant ,who was partly responsible in getting the Trojans to the state playoffs in Jackson last season (they were put out in the first round by Hazelhurst).
However, despite a decisive height disadvantage, the Hawks seemed to be handling the giant pretty well in the first quarter. They ended with an 18-16 early lead.
The Hawks ran directly at the big man in the second on offense and Jonathan Bownes slipped his coverage and stuck a couple in the back door. Ryan Wilkins sank two bombs to give the Hawks an eight-point lead at 28-20. But they made a few mistakes and the Trojans took advantage. They edged the Hawks by two at 30-28 at the big break.
O’Bryant went down hard in the third and had to sit out almost four minutes with a hand injury. The Hawks developed another eight-point lead at 38-30 and they kept it close when the frame expired, being one point behind at 44-43.
The Hawks were hit with a tech after a player control foul and the Trojans came away with their largest lead of the game at seven points. The Hawks seemed taken out of the game after that and East Side went on to the 61-50 victory.
Bownes led Holly High with 16, along with 13 from Wilkins and nine from Darius Dowdy.
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