Thursday, February 11, 2010
Holly High blasts 6A Olive Branch
By CLAUDE VINSON
A large crowd showed up Tuesday of last week for the rubber match between the Holly High Hawks and the Conquistadors of Olive Branch.
Since the Class 6A “Q”s were one of the two teams to hand the Class 3A Hawks a defeat this season, one would have to surmise the large retinue at the Holly Springs gym was there to see how the Hawks would take their revenge.
Although the Lady Hawks had lost to the Lady “Q”s in Olive Branch, they did not appear timid in their challenge of the visitors. Both teams seemed to be testing the waters early on because both were using the long ball, unfortunately, they were not falling for the home team. Olive Branch hit three of their attempts and shut the Lady Hawks out in the first quarter to the tune of 16-0.
The Lady “Q”s used a defense which was giving Holly High fits. They were taking the ball away through steals and denials. Their defenders in the post were not giving up second shots. It looked as though the second frame would also end in a drought for Holly High until Shakerra Dawkins sneaked one in the back door. RoShunda Neely laid up another to give the Lady Hawks a halftime mark of 34-4.
As fast as the pace was in the first half, there was a low incidence of fouling – two for Holly High and five for Olive Branch. The Lady Hawks fell farther behind in the third, mustering just six points. The score was 54-10 at the end of three.
Turnovers had plagued the Holly High girls the entire game, putting them at a huge disadvantage which prevented them from establishing any productive rhythm. Olive Branch cruised to the easy 59-18 win.
Holly High had no shooters in double figures. Dawkins led in scoring with five.
Hawks roll to win
When the two had met earlier in Olive Branch, the “Q”s had made a clean sweep of the Holly High entrants, and handed the Hawks their first defeat of the season by one point.
Olive Branch developed an 8-4 lead last week but the Hawks came back and took the reins 9-8. The “Q”s had some imposing defenders in the post but Holly High took the offense straight down the lane on occasion; however, Olive Branch prevailed 14-12 after one.
The Hawks went into high attack mode in the second quarter. They already had a two-point lead when Darius Dowdy popped one from a mile away. He came back and blocked a shot which thrilled the home folks. Kentona Shipp pulled up and hit one in the waning seconds to give the Hawks a halftime lead of 31-25.
The Hawks backed off a little in the third. They were not attacking as sharply as before. However, they were holding the lead and getting the lion’s share of the defensive rebounds. After Roderick Glover stuck one back in heavy traffic, the Hawks closed the third with a 40-30 advantage.
In the fourth, the Hawks were still being conservative, burning the clock and using a stifling 4-1 defense. It was killing the “Q”s. The Hawks increased the lead to 17 at one time. They had completely shut down the Olive Branch offense. The game was halted by the officials because of a disturbance in the Olive Branch bleachers with 32 seconds left on the clock. The Hawks had already solidified the win at 61-43.
Dowdy led the Hawks with 21, trailed by Jonathan Bownes with 20. Ryan Wilkins scored 10.
Holly Springs is hosting the Region 3-3A Tournament this week. Coaches and administrators urge everyone to support the tourney.
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