Thursday, December 30, 2010
Hawks fall at buzzer
By BARRY BURLESON
The Hawks ran into a fired-up bunch of Rebels December 21 in the Myrtle Christmas Classic.
A lackadaisical Holly Springs team dropped a 45-43 decision to a determined Hickory Flat squad.
Coach Naylond Hayes said his Hawks had played the Rebels four times in a summer league and beaten them.
“I guess we thought they were going to lay down,” Hayes said. “Hickory Flat has a good team. They were fired up and ready to play. We weren’t.”
Class 2A Hickory Flat improved its record to 14-3. Class 3A Holly Springs’ mark fell to 10-6.
“We couldn’t get anything to fall from the outside,” Hayes said, “and our inside game was not productive either. Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going.
“I was pretty pleased with our defense.”
The Hawks led 7-6 after one quarter and 22-16 at the half. But the Rebels went on a 14-6 run in the third to carry a 30-28 lead into the final frame.
Timothy Tatum nailed the game-winning shot just prior to the buzzer for Hickory Flat and scored a game-high 16 points.
Johnathan Bownes scored 12 for the Hawks.
Hayes, who missed seven games the first half of the season due to sickness, said his Holly Springs team will go to work in preparation for what lies ahead.
“We will take Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after off, but then we will get ready for a home game versus H.W. Byers January 1.
“And I promise you we will be ready,” he said.
The Hawks only played two home games during the pre-Christmas part of their schedule. After Christmas, they will only play two road games. Starting January 18, they close the regular season with five straight home contests.
After Byers visits, the Hawks go to Charleston next Tuesday, Jan. 4.
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