Thursday, January 27, 2011
Holly High girls knock off Dragons
By CLAUDE VINSON
Things were pretty frigid all around Tuesday night, Jan. 18, however, the Lady Hawks of Holly High made it sort of warm for the visiting Lady Dragons of M.S. Palmer.
After the district contest was over, the Lady Hawks had shocked the Lady Dragons with a 10-point defeat, winning their second game of the season and their first district contest. The game started one hour earlier and the Lady Hawks began the fight from the very start. They had a seven-point lead of 23-16 at halftime.
The Lady Dragons tried a surge in the second half but everything was falling for Holly High. The Lady Hawks committed twice as many infractions as Palmer but it didn’t matter because the Lady Dragons were inconsistent at the charity stripe. The Lady Hawks were taking care of business at both ends. They were controlling the ball and making high percentage baskets. Each time the Lady Dragons tried to advance, the Lady Hawks hurled them back and preserved the 10-point margin all during the third and ended it at 36-26.
The fourth was little different from the third. Shakerra Dawkins and Rachel Selman kept the thermostat turned up and put out the Lady Dragons’ flaming tries. Palmer could not bypass the 10-point stigma and the Lady Hawks recorded the win at 54-44.
Dawkins had 22 points and Selman and Kenyada Burns had nine each to lead the Lady Hawks.
Dragons best Hawks
This was the second district game between these foes this season. The Dragons had won the first matchup in Marks while the head coach of the Hawks, Naylond Hayes, was out due to sickness.
The Dragons didn’t appear to be afraid to breathe fire early this time around. They released three lightning bolts from long range and went up 9-2. They stretched it to 10-6 at the close of the period.
The Hawks bared their talons in the second quarter. Javian Agnew popped his fourth three to pull the Hawks closer in the last minute and Brandon McKinney, playing post, stuck one back to beat the buzzer and give Holly High the lead, 26-25, at the break.
The second half was delayed about 10 minutes because someone in the stands spilled a soda on the floor. After play resumed, the Hawks ran out to a pair of consecutive four-point leads. The lead stayed with the Hawks, though it was tied a couple of times until Kalaruma Kykendall gave the Dragons a two-point edge at the horn (37-35).
The fourth was a defensive struggle for both sides. Each side was only able to muster six points each, but it was just enough for the Dragons to win the game at 43-41.
Jonathan Bownes hit for nine, three points behind Agnew whose 12 points (all threes) led the hosts.
Holly High teams hosted East Side Tuesday. They host Independence Thursday, Ruleville Saturday (at 3 p.m.) and Olive Branch next Monday, Jan. 31.
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