Thursday, November 17, 2011
Holly High splits with North Panola
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High basketball season got underway November 7 with home games versus the Cougar teams of North Panola.
The games were billed as “The Patricia Selman Classic,” a tribute to the late assistant police chief of Holly Springs. Naylond Hayes, head coach of the Hawks, said he felt it was a fitting honor for an individual who “had meant so much to the community.”
State representative Kelvin Buck and state senator Bill Stone were on hand at intermission to present a joint resolution to the Selman family.
The Lady Hawks were taking the floor for the first time this season against the 1-0 Lady Cougars of North Panola. The game was started with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by the trio of Kentra Falkner, Tiarra Falkner and Bobbi Govan.
The tip went to the Lady Cougars but the Lady Hawks took it away almost immediately and swung it to Carrie Graham on the right wing. She knew exactly what to do and opened scoring by plastering the trey. Two plays later she was open again and repeated the act from the same spot. Meanwhile Daryleshia Ward had hit a pair of deuces for the visitors. Holly High sank seven more to make it 13-8 at the end of the first frame.
The Lady Cougars changed their defensive strategy from a 2-3 to a 3-2 to try and foil the Lady Hawks’ distance shooters. Holly High moved out to an 18-13 lead midway through the second quarter. Kenyada Burns came out fast and effective for the Lady Hawks She accounted for nine points before intermission to put the home team up 22-16 at that point.
The Lady Cougars, who had disposed of the Lady Aggies of Coahoma the week before, found the road a bit rocky this time out. It was obvious that the Lady Hawks had come to play. Still being spearheaded by Burns, they increased the margin to 12 at one point. O’Nesha Hunt hit four quick points for the visitors to make it 34-26 at the end of three.
Early in the final frame, Holly High moved the lead to 12 again from the charity stripe, with T’ErickaAllen and Burns canning two each, consecutively. The Lady Hawks hit five of their first six free throws. The Lady Cougars made good on a couple of trips to the line, backed that up with a full court press and cut the lead to four with 3:40 left. North Panola kept gnawing at the lead until Hunt tied it at 43 with a half turn jumper from the lane. It kept the pressure on and Angelica Davison stuck a rebound back in the very last seconds to snatch the victory at 45-43.
Burns paced the Lady Hawks with 19. Graham and Abreana Spight had eight apiece.
The tip was controlled by the hosts but all trips up and down the floor were fruitless for both Holly High and North Panola for the first four minutes of the opening quarter. Rodney Redmond picked a spot on the left perimeter and opened the scoring with a long ball. He was at the same location on the next possession and ditto, making it 6-0. There was another scoring lull before both teams started to trade baskets. Holly High came out two points better at 14-12.
Early in the second quarter, North Panola took a three-point lead and held it until less than a minute left in the second when Dewayne McKinney tied it at 21 from the line. The half ended on that score.
The score remained close in the third frame with no more than a three-point difference at any one point. McKinney began making his presence felt by getting a stick back and Justin Jeffries stuck his second trey to make it a 33-25 Hawks lead. The Cougars were not backing off. They kept running the floor and putting on the pressure. They cut the eight point lead in half by the time the third quarter ended.
McKinney continued to use his ample frame to take the fight inside the paint on the offensive end of the court. His putbacks were imposing and timely. He kept it up for the remainder of the game, moving the Hawks into the winners’ bracket with a final score of 48-38.
McKinney ended with the high scorer for the Hawks at 15. He was followed by Paris Scruggs and Jeffries with 10. Redmond had eight.
The Lady Hawks lost all three of their games in the Coldwater Tournament, playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Hawks lost to Coldwater by three the first night, but bounced back to defeat both Independence (54-24) and Tunica Rosa Fort (59-56).
Holly High teams host Myrtle Thursday and H.W. Byers Friday.
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