Thursday, December 8, 2011
Holly High wins one, loses won at Ashland
By CLAUDE VINSON
Again ball control was an issue for the Holly Springs Lady Hawks from the jump.
The Ashland Lady Devils’ tight defense was forcing them into turnovers at both ends Friday night. Meanwhile the host Lady Devils had logged six points. The first four points for Holly High came via the charity stripe. They had six opportunities in the first quarter and made five of them. The score was 12-7 at the end of the first.
The Lady Hawks were still going to the line in the second frame and began closing the gap. Their ball control had also improved. But they were not turning points away from the foul line. However, it was a four-point game until Raquetta Allen popped one from way downtown at the buzzer to give the Lady Devils a 23-16 edge at intermission.
The Lady Devils took the sheaths off of the forks in the third. Allen posted another one from long range and then began hitting in the paint. In short order she and her cohorts had a healthy 17-point gap at the end of three (41-25).
The Lady Devils kept pouring it on in the last period and everything was falling except their freebies. They only made about 45 percent of those. The defense was tough on the Lady Hawks, holding them to just three points. Ashland went on to the 26-point difference at the end, 54-28.
Megan Crittle paced the Lady Hawks with 12 and Kenyada Burns threw in seven.
The Lady Devils had a trio of hot shots, starting with Allen with 16 and Alontra Tucker and Dametris Anderson with 11 each.
Hawks win close one
This was a fun one to watch if you weren’t the coach. Speed was the name of the game. Both squads were tearing up and down the floor at break neck paces.
The Hawks were feeding their big man, Dewayne McKinney, early and he responded with eight quick points before he went to the bench. Holly High was trying to put the Devils away early but they were not cooperating. They were contesting Holly High for both offensive and defensive rebounds. The Hawks led it at 19-11 after one.
After the first period, Ashland kept the score close, within six points. The Hawks led by four (22-18) at intermission.
The Devils came back to the floor and this time it was Darius Dukes who stoked the fire. The senior blasted three long bombs in concession to give the Devils their first lead of the game. His fifth trey (he had six over the course of the game) gave Ashland a 29-25 mark. But the Hawks went back to work with Courtavious Daugherty, Tevin Jones and DeAndre Griffin supplying the Hawk power. They had reclaimed a two-point lead at the end of three, 38-36.
It turned into a scoring fest midway through the final period. The Devils just flat refused to go away to the delight of a packed gym. The game was tied at 43. Coach Naylond Hayes appeared to be opting for a smaller, speedier lineup. There was less than a minute left and Ashland had three fouls to give. They quickly used them up, sending Holly High to the line with a five-point lead. Rodney Redmond canned two. Dontez Turnage blasted a trey for Ashland and Janel Marion added another two, but time had run out and the Hawks escaped with the two-point victory, 52-50.
McKinney threw in 13 for the Hawks and Daugherty added 11 for high point honors.
Dukes led the Devils and all shooters with 27.
The Holly High Hawks’ next scheduled game is at home Friday night against Alcorn Central.
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