Thursday, November 24, 2011
Hawks win close contest versus Myrtle
By CLAUDE VINSON
The teams of Holly High had two consecutive play dates last week on their home court. The first was Thursday against the always-tough teams of Myrtle. The second was with the always-tough Lions of H.W. Byers Friday.
The Lady Hawks of Myrtle came in with their high flying offense anchored solidly by Dandy Dozen center Aspriona Gilbert. Myrtle’s Gilbert controlled the tip and then circled to the basket for an easy lay-in. This was the harbinger of things to come in this game. The Lady Hawks of Holly high did their best to slow the Myrtle offense down after that first possession but it was not to be. The visitors went on to a first frame mark of 14-5.
Gilbert kept up her effectiveness in the paint. This led to low production for the hosts through the second quarter. Although the point-gathering was the same for Holly High it was apparent that the Myrtle Hawks had taken the shooting game away from the home team. Halle Knowles and Meshay Cox had joined Gilbert in the scoring fest and they put Myrtle far ahead with a 31 point difference (41-10) at intermission.
The 6-0 Lady Hawks from Myrtle were proving to be more than a handful in all quarters. They were up 52-14 at the end of three.
Coach Chris Greer sent in all fresh players shortly after the fourth frame began and that aided the Holly High scoring efforts. KeShauna Payton stuck five treys followed by a pair from her team mate Megan Crittle. Even though their scoring surpassed that of the entire first three quarters, it was just a little later. The visitors soared to the 58-38 win.
Payton led the hosts with 16 followed with eight each from Crittle and Abreana Spight.
Myrtle’s Gilbert had 27 with 17 and seven from Knowles and Cox, respectively.
Hawks win by three
The cheering chant from Holly High cheerleaders was entirely appropriate on this occasion. There were a lot of Hawks in the atmosphere last Thursday at the Holly High gym.
Myrtle boys watched their distaff side dispose of the Lady Hawks of Holly High and tried to duplicate the feat against their counterparts, the Holly Hawks. Myrtle started fast, sticking five points before Holly high got on the board. The hosts got a pair of threes from Rodney Redmond and Paris Scruggs which put them handily in front. Both teams were using a fast game. They were about even in rebounding and fouling. Holly High was up 14-8 in the first quarter.
Holly High increased it to a seven-point margin in the second quarter. However, it didn’t take very long for Myrtle to catch up. The visitors tied it at 21 just before the time went to the one-minute mark. Then Jarvis Dowdy kept his eye on the clock and popped a trey to swing it back to Holly High at 24-21 at intermission.
Neither team seemed to be able to find the bottom of the nylon in the third frame for almost four minutes. Tevin Jones broke the monotony for Holly High then Davion Jeffries hammered in a trey from long distance. Coach Naylond Hayes found a scoring combination with his substitutions and the hosts moved up to a 38-29 by the third’s end.
Holly High developed another seven-point lead in the last period but Myrtle bounced back and pulled to within two at 46-44 with 22 clicks left on the clock. Redmond went to the line and made one of two as time expired to give Holly High the three-point margin of victory (47-44).
For the hosts, Scruggs and Redmond led the way with 10 each, followed by Jevon Isom with seven each.
High man for Myrtle was Keon Hampton with 20. Robert Montgomery had nine.
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