Thursday, February 11, 2010
Packed house sees county rivals split
By CLAUDE VINSON
Marshall had its second intra-county matchup of the week on February 5 at Holly High, following a Byers-Potts Camp clash one night earlier.
The gate keepers at Holly Springs had to close the doors long before the game started because of the sellout crowd versus Byhalia. Fans just automatically gravitate to this historic rivalry. It has nothing to do with records or standings. Just pride, well, actually, bragging rights.
The Lady Indians came out very aggressive at both ends of the court. They were doing a great job of taking care of the ball. They didn’t have any turnovers while taking a 16-5 point lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Hawks were having no luck in penetrating the Lady Indians’ defense and were being forced to shoot from outside. When they did get a close-in there was no follow-up. Byhalia was not allowing any second shots. And the Lady Hawks were not getting any mileage out of the long ball. The Lady Indians, led by Erica Bougard, put a lot of distance between themselves and Holly High at intermission. The score stood at 29-7.
Holly High picked up 12 points in the third quarter but it did little to close the 56-19 gap.
Byhalia had begun subbing liberally in the third and continued in the fourth.. It allowed the Lady Hawks to have their most productive quarter of fifteen but still sent the visitors to the victor’s column with a 64-34 win.
Shakerra Dawkins paced the Lady Hawks with 16.
Bougard had the hot hand for the Lady Indians, racking up 21. Crystal Rayford and Quanisha Neely had eight each.
Hawks fly by Indians
The high-flying Holly High Hawks turned back their intra-county rival Byhalia once again. Both teams were preparing to enter their respective district playoffs in the coming week. This game was played in front of a beyond- standing-room-only crowd.
The first bucket of the game was trey from Holly High’s Ryan Wilkins. Byhalia took over scoring from there and ran off some quick points which put the visitors ahead 16-8 at the quarter’s end.
In the second Kendrick Pool came off of the bench for the Hawks and immediately made his presence known. He sank a trey and a deuce in that order and Holly High was right back in it. The Hawks took the lead for the first time a couple of plays later. At half time they were up 28-25.
The Hawks dropped the hammer on the Indians in the third, holding the visitors to just three points while putting up 20 for themselves. It was 48-28 at the third’s end.
Although the Hawks slowed their attack in the last frame, the Indians had had enough. They could not bite any sizeable chunk out of the Hawks’ offense. Holly High won 56-44.
Holly High (23-3 on the season) had three shooters knotted at 10 each – Kentona Shipp, Wilkins and Terek James. Jonathan Bownes shot for 11 and Pool and Marquis Howell had eight apiece.
Leading th Indians were Thomas Lesueur with 12, Alfonzo Wilson with 11 and Courtney Warren with eight.
The Hawks host the Region 3-3A Tournament this week. They’re seeded second behind Cleveland East Side.
Byhalia plays in the Region 2-4A Tournament at Lewisburg.
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