Thursday, December 2, 2010
By CLAUDE VINSON
The teams of Holly High were at the home court of their biggest in-county rival over the holiday break, taking part in the Byhalia Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Lady Hawks drew the Lady Indians as their first round opponents. They were still searching for that first victory in the current campaign. The Lady Indians, meanwhile, were working off of a 4-1 record.
Byhalia took over in the very first quarter, outscoring the Lady Hawks by a mark of 21-12. The Lady Hawks made a better showing in the second frame, constantly cutting into the Byhalia lead, mainly through the efforts of Rachel Selman. Holly High was also getting good service from its defense which was limiting scoring possibilities for the Lady Indians.
Terika Allen popped one from trey-land to make another important cut in the Byhalia lead, knocking it below double digits at 32-24 a split second before the intermission buzzer.
Shortly after the third began, the Holly High girls went systematic – moving the ball and taking low risk shots. They held the Lady Indians in check for awhile, trimming the difference to two points at 32-30. They experienced a dry spell from that point to the end of the quarter, allowing the Indians to run the margin to 14 at 44-30.
The Lady Indians, led by Erica Bougard, Crystal and Megan Rayford, controlled the entire final period, ending it with a 55-37 score.
M. Rayford led the victors with 13, followed by Bougard with 10 and C. Rayford with nine.
Selman paced the Lady Hawks with 13.
Byhalia wins nightcap
The deep rivalry continued when the Hawks and Indians squared off against each other in the nightcap. The Indians appeared as if they were ready to run with the Hawks. Kenyatta Jones delighted the huge crowd with his first shot, a trey from way out to set the tone. They kept adding to that boost until they were out in front 15-11 at the end of the first.
The Hawks started to keep pace with the Indians in the second. They came close to grabbing the lead a couple of times but it seems that Jones was there with a three-point answer each time. Byhalia was leaving it all on the court. Courtney Warren and Jones were taking Holly High to the bridge. They had accounted for 24 of the 33-24 score at half time.
The Indians were still wielding big tomahawks in the third. To say that they were on the warpath would be putting it mildly. They were rampaging. They had built 55-40 lead at the end of three.
There were 131 points scored in the game and the Indians owned 76 of those. When the fourth quarter ended, the Indians had accomplished a feat which had not taken place for a number of years. They had stunned the Holly High Hawks.
Note: Hawks head coach Naylond Hayes was not at this tournament. The Hawks were coached by the head coach of the Lady Hawks, Xavier Johnson.
Jones led the floor with 31 points, a total which included seven treys. Warren pitched in 17.
Jonathan Bownes led the Hawks with 15.
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