Thursday, January 28, 2010
By CLAUDE VINSON
This would be the rubber match of the season for the two squads, Holly Springs and Potts Camp.
They had split back in November on the Hawks’ turf. The fans turn out big for all the intra-county rivalries and this one would be played to a packed house.
The tip went to the Lady Cardinals and Kenyotta Jenkins started going to the hoop early. Operating mainly from the left side, she was negating any defense by the Lady Hawks. Helped out by Samantha Stinson and Tenesha Woods, Potts Camp developed a 16-point lead at the opening quarters end at 26-10.
The Lady Cards did not slow down in the second period. Although head coach Tana Miller rested most of her starters, Potts Camp was still controlling most of the rebounds. They were forcing the Lady Hawks into turnover situations, allowing them just five points in the frame to go in to halftime at 43-15.
After the break the Lady Cardinals decreased their speed but not the point production. They again held Holly High to a low scoring quarter (eight points), while they threw in 26. It was 69-23 after three completed.
Player infractions fell off dramatically in the whole second half. Midway through the fourth quarter and there had been just six between the squads. Holly High had their best period, but it was not nearly enough as the Lady Cardinals took the runaway victory at 81-34.
Jenkins assaulted the nylon for 26. Samantha Stinson and Niesha Stinson contributed 14 each.
Kayla Burns and Shakerra Dawkins led the Lady Hawks with eight each.
Hawks down Cards
The Hawks opened up by outscoring their hosts for the major portion of the first quarter 8-2. After a time out, the Cardinals got the ball rolling, well falling, actually. They started by cutting the ball off and hitting lay-ups to cut into the Holly High lead. Johnathan Falkner popped a long one to end the quarter 11-12.
Falkner gave the Cardinals another boost in the beginning of the second giving them their first lead on a trey to go up by one at 16-15. They were using a 3-2 defense which was proving difficult for the Hawks’ post players. Holly High remedied by going man-to-man. Potts Camp was making mistakes through over-eagerness. This caused some turnovers in the Cardinals’ offense. But they were still holding Holly High’s scoring in check. Potts Camp, a 1A school, was playing its 3A opponent pretty tight. The halftime score was 29-16.
Holly High was getting to the line often, but canning less than 50 percent. The Cardinals’ scoring was still falling off and the Hawks went up 48-30 by the end of the third. The Hawks had grabbed a 20-point lead at one juncture in the third and led by Jonathan Bownes pushed that score to a 69-35 win.
Bownes hit 25 for Holly High, while Terek James hit 11.
LaDarrius Beard and Falkner paced Potts Camp with 10 and nine points, respectively.
The two county rivals had split – the Potts Camp girls and the Holly High boys winning – as was the case back on November 9, 2009, to start the season.
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