Thursday, January 6, 2011
Ringing in New Year
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Hawks and Lady Hawks hosted a close rival on the first evening of the new year. The H.W. Byers Lady Lions and Lions ended up splitting the pair of games on Saturday night.
The Lady Hawks were showing toughness in their attack during the first quarter. After all, they were no longer a winless enterprise. Their victory over Ingomar in the Myrtle Tournament had to give them a much-needed boost in morale. They were taking care of the ball much better and creating decent looks. They trailed by six after one, 12-6.
The Lady Lions showed their assertiveness in the second on both sides of the ball. The center, Kyra Gulledge, became the “go-to girl” for much of the period. She just wasn’t missing too many opportunities. Gulledge accounted for most of the 20-point difference (31-11) at intermission.
Coach Jason Thompson gave them free rein in the third. He ran in reserves at will. The scoring pace slowed but it was steady and methodical. They stretched the lead to 49-19 at the close of the frame.
The Lady Hawks didn’t quit. They played with the same tenacity ‘til the very end. Their turnover ratio suffered in the second half and the Lady Lions just had too many weapons. The visitors coasted to the 67-28 win.
Shakerra Dawkins was the straight shooter for the Lady Hawks (1-16), posting 12 points.
K. Gulledge threw in 25 points for the visiting Lady Lions (12-6), followed by Kourtney Coleman with 12.
Hawks defeat Lions
The intra-county rivalry continued before a packed crowd which had watched the Lady Hawks fall to the Lady Lions. Both boys squads were ready to play. The Hawks, getting ready for their district run, came out firing on all pistons. Their 8-0 run was fueled by a tandem of threes. But the Lions showed their readiness also. After a shaky start, they settled down, hit the boards and went creeping up on the Hawks at 14-11 by the end of the quarter.
In the second, the Hawks probably realizing that the score was too close for comfort. Put some distance between the two at intermission. They spurted to a 36-23 margin.
The third quarter was pretty much a defensive standoff. Byers held the Hawks to five points but they only turned six themselves which still left the hosts’ lead in double digits at 41-29 at the end.
The Lions proved hard to put away in the last frame. They even reduced the Holly High lead to five at one point, but let the momentum slip away. The Hawks’ long distance marksmen accounted for nine treys over the course of the game. They won by 10 at 55-45.
David Bridges led the Hawks (11-6) with 14; he hit four from downtown. Kendrick Pool was next with 12.
Shantez Hearn was most effective for Byers (2-11) with 18. Chris Echols was next with nine.
The Hawks’ next game was scheduled away at district rival Charleston on Tuesday of this week. They then host Charleston Friday.
The Lions are scheduled at Potts Camp on Friday, Jan. 7
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