Thursday, January 20, 2011
Holly High squads drop two games at Cleveland East Side
By BARRY BURLESON
Naylond Hayes, a veteran of the coaching wars, experienced a first Friday night at East Side.
His Holly Springs High School Hawks did not shoot a single free throw. The Trojans were 12 of 19 from the line.
“That was the fist time ever for me,” Hayes said. “I’ve never seen or heard of that.
“I’m not complaining about the officials. We still could have won the basketball game. We had our chances.”
Sixteen turnovers didn’t help either as the Hawks lost the district game 52-46.
“Our players missed two days of practice last week (due to the snow) and I could tell it Friday night,” he said. “Our timing was off. I think that bear jumped on our backs.”
Holly High trailed 8-7 after one quarter, 26-17 at the half and 38-31 following three periods.
David Bridges was the Hawks’ top gun with 15 points, all coming on threes. Javion Agnew added 11.
East Side big man, Johnny O’Bryant, who has committed to LSU, scored 19 points. His teammate, Jamerson Hadley, also had 19.
“We played pretty good at times,” Hayes said. “They beat us on the boards, too.”
The Hawks will get another shot at the Trojans next Tuesday, Jan. 25, at home, and the two could possibly meet again in the Region 3-3A Tournament February 7-11 at Charleston.
“We will probably get two more shots at them,” Hayes said. “Hopefully, we can beat them in the finals.”
The Hawks started a stretch of six straight home games this past Tuesday night. They hosted district foe Palmer, a team they lost to before Christmas.
“We have to come out fighting in our own backyard and take care of business one game at a time,” Hayes said. “We have the potential. We just need to piece it all together.”
The Holly Springs girls fell 58-33 Friday night at East Side.
“They pressed us, and we could not take care of the ball like we needed to,” coach Xavier Johnson said. “They got a lot of lay-ups against us. Not protecting the ball is killing us.”
The Lady Hawks were down 15-9 at the end of the first, 33-16 at intermission and 47-20 after three quarters.
Shakerra Dawkins led the Holly High offense with 16 points.
The Hawks (13-7) and Lady Hawks (1-19) host Ruleville Friday, Jan. 21.
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