Thursday, November 24, 2011
Holly Springs, H.W. Byers split
By CLAUDE VINSON
Another team with a Dandy Dozen player on its roster invaded the Hawks’ gym on Friday night – the second in as many days.
Alexis Hardaway and the H.W. Byers Lady Lions visited Holly Springs Friday after Aspriona Gilbert and the Myrtle Lady Hawks Thursday.
The 4-0 Lady Lions’ Kyra Gulledge controlled the tip versus the Holly Springs girls and headed straight for the basket to take the dish from a teammate. She was fouled in the act and hit one of two from the line.
The Lady Hawks were having great difficulty getting past a smothering Lady Lions defense. Byers ran up a 9-0 score before Abreana Spight hit for the Lady Hawks. She had a three-point opportunity but couldn’t convert. K. Gulledge and Shadae Nolan kept pouring it on and had the visitors up 19-4 when the period expired.
The Lady Hawks began to beat the press in the second stanza. They gained confidence with a trio of treys and started to dig out of the deep hole they were in. But Byers made another scoring run and went into intermission with a 44-16 margin.
When play resumed the Lady Hawks were still trying to keep pace with the Lady Lions’ running game, but the constant fastbreaks were taking their toll on the Lady Hawks’ starters.
There was a foul on the last play of the third quarter and the injured Lady Lion couldn’t take the penalty shot. Coach Jason Thompson selected his Dandy Dozen player, Hardaway, who was again sitting out due to an injury from a past game. Hardaway entered the game to thundering applause and canned one of the two shots to give Byers the 60-17 mark.
Holly High sank 10 points in the final frame against the Lady Lions but it was not nearly enough to take away from the 76-27 final score.
Carrie Graham led the Lady Hawks with nine (all threes).
K. Gulledge posted 21 for the Lady Lions and Abria Gulledge and Justice Martin had 12 and 11, respectively. Nolan added 10.
Holly High pulls away
The nightcap was more of a “donnybrook” than the first game. The Hawks had a 17-0 lead just a little past midway the first period. Holly High had pumped in four treys. Every player coach Naylond Hayes sent in had found the bottom of the nylon. The Lions managed nine points to make the score 30-9.
The Lions began to show some claws in the second period and were chasing the Hawks relentlessly. It was still hard to cut into the Hawks double digit lead. The Lions had started out a bit shaky at the charity stripe then sank six in a row. Chris Echols was fouled on a three point attempt and stuck all three to take the Hawks’ lead below double digits for the first time in the game. They were only eight points back at 42-34 when the horn sounded intermission.
Early in the third frame Byers cut the difference to seven. Holly High made a couple of good stops and once again went double digits. The Hawks scored 12 points and Byers managed eight for a 54-42 mark going into the final period.
The game had been fast and sometimes rough but in the last quarter it really became physical in the early minutes. Holly High was maintaining the double digit difference and repelling the Lions advances. Byers put up 11 points in the quarter but it was far below the number needed to meet the 76-53 score.
The Hawks had three shooters in double figures – starting with 24 from Paris Scruggs, 14 from Rodney Redmond and 12 from Tevin Jones.
Jarvis Jones led the Lions with 16. Next were Anthony Mabon and Echols with 13 apiece.
The Hawks visited Myrtle Tuesday. They then go to Byhalia Friday and Saturday for the holiday tournament.
Byers girls will take part (girls only) in the Tennessee Turkey Jam in Jackson, Tenn., this weekend and also play Lanier at Tougaloo College Saturday.
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