December 8, 2011
Holly High hoops
The Holly High basketball teams were back in action a few days after the Byhalia Tournament, hosting the Cougars and Lady Cougars of Coldwater Tuesday of last week.
The Lady Hawks were clawed pretty badly by a 6-2 Lady Cougars team.
Both squads got off to a rocky start. Holly High was having trouble controlling the ball in the backcourt. The Lady Cougars were applying just enough pressure to throw them off stride. And the Lady Hawks, although moving the ball well in the front court, were not getting that many good looks – the reason they were seven points down after one (10-3).
In the second quarter the Lady Cougars were beginning to use the lane to their advantage. They were slipping past Holly High defenses and making easy lay-ups. Sharmaine Stackhouse was getting good results from long range. They moved out to an easy 15-point lead at intermission, while restricting the Lady Hawks to two points (20-5).
Jerontay Clemons and Shuntell Sanders took over the scoring duties in the third frame. The former was driving the lane and the latter was setting up and popping them from outside. Holly High had its best scoring quarter but the gap had gotten almost unmanageable at 34-14.
The Lady Hawks picked up the hustle in the final period but they failed to hurt the visitors’ point spread. The Lady Cougars logged another 10 points for a final score of 44-21.
Megan Crittle posted 10 points for the Lady Hawks.
Stackhouse hit 17 for the visiting Lady Cougars with Clemons trailing her with 11 and Sanders rounding out with nine, all threes.
Hawks outlast Cougars
The Cougars hit the floor and hit back-to-back treys to start the game. It was two and a half minutes before the Hawks registered their first score. DeAndre Griffin canned a pair of treys and Dewayne McKinney stuck back a pair of deuces to put Holly High ahead 12-8.
The home team’s lead was 13-8 following the first quarter.
The Hawks were able to sustain a drive in the second quarter which allowed them a reach a 20-12 score at intermission.
The Hawks were being urged to increase the tempo by coach Naylond Hayes. They responded and achieved their biggest lead at 11. The Cougars countered with full-court pressure and held it at that number (34-23) to end the third.
Coldwater kept up the pressure at both ends in the final frame and had cut the Hawks’ lead to six at 4:24 left.
Coach Hayes sent in a pair of fresh legs, Courtavious Daugherty and Tevin Jones, and they helped push it back to the double-digit margin. The Cougars did sink another trey before time expired but it still ended the Hawks’ favor, 44-36.
Griffin sank 12 and led the Hawks’ drive, backed by McKinney with 10.
Marcel Hunt led the Cougars with 14.
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