Thursday, January 21, 2010
Holly High teams split district games
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly Springs girls played the second team from the Delta a lot tougher on Saturday.
The Lady Hawks had lost to the Charleston Lady Tigers in the Delta. The squads opened with threes from both sides, two from Charleston and one from Holly High. After that, the three well went dry for the remainder of the quarter. Both teams settled into a more relaxed routine and the visitors had the lead of 17-11 when the quarter ended.
The Lady Hawks showed more aggression in the next two frames but they couldn’t overtake the Lady Tigers. It was 30-17 at the break and 46-26 at the end of three.
The Lady Hawks struggled to keep the score below a 20-point difference in the last quarter. Charleston had run up a 22-point lead in the fourth, but RoShunda Neely got her windage and elevation just right and pumped in a trio of treys to cut the lead to eight with a little over three minutes left. Recognizing the threat, the Lady Tigers put on the press again and cruised to a 58-42 finish.
Kayla Burns and Neely led the hosts with 15 and 12, respectively.
Hawks outlast Tigers
The operative theme of this game had to be defense. Every shot was contested. Over six minutes had slipped off the clock and only a single deuce had been scored by Holly High. The Hawks threw in six more and the Tigers hit two for an 8-2 first quarter.
It was all wide open in the second frame with a run and gun routine. The balls were not dropping for either side. Darius Dowdy finally put the Hawks in double digits at 10-5 late in the second quarter. It was 10-7 at intermission.
The second half was taking on the same hue as the first – slow point output. However, Holly High surpassed its points total in both of the preceding quarters with a 23-15 third quarter mark. The game ended with a final score of 31-18.
Dowdy paced the Hawks with 11.
Holly High hosts Ruleville Friday.
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