Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hawks win district opener
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Lady Hawks were facing a much bigger squad in the Lady Bears Friday night at home.
Region 1-3A opponent Alcorn Central had an overall record of 5-3 and the Lady Hawks were still seeking that first elusive win.
Holly High took a 5-4 lead but Central’s Alexis Harmon started hitting from all distances. She tripled up on treys and deuces and had the Lady Bears way out front at one point. But the Lady Hawks pushed back and came to within seven at quarter’s end (22-15).
Holly High started the second quarter by beating Central to rebounds at both ends. The Lady Hawks trimmed the difference to four in the first minute. Megan Crittle and KeShauna Payton were doing the heavy lifting for the hosts. Katie Foster sneaked a couple through the back door and ran the Central lead back to eight. The Lady Hawks turned six points in the second and the Lady Bears scored 11 for a 33-21 intermission mark.
The Lady Hawks were still in high attack mode in the third frame but Alcorn Central was hitting their field shots at a high percentage. The Lady Bears had a 17-point margin at one point. It was becoming more and more difficult for the Lady Hawks to cut into the Lady Bears lead. It was 46-31 at the period’s end.
The Lady Hawks were performing dismally at the charity stripe throughput the entire second half. They hit three of 12 attempts. Conversely, Central only missed two of its eight tries. The visitors went on to a 59-38 victory.
Payton and Crittle hit 11 and 10, respectively.
Foster led Alcorn Central and the floor with 24 points. followed by Harmon with 21.
Hawks outlast Bears
The 9-2 Hawks met the Alcorn Central Golden Bears head on in their first district contest of the current season.
It started out as a slow scoring affair with the visitors leading for most of the opening quarter. Then Courtavious Daughhtery began to feel his oats. He blasted three in a row from trey land to put Holly High up 15-11 at the end of one.
The Bears tied it at 20 -ll midway through the second frame and went one past at the line. But Daughtery gave the lead back to the home team on a steal and a running layup. The Hawks really became aggressive after that and went up 28-23. The Bears clawed their way back in and Trae Bain sent them out front with a trey just before the intermission horn (30-28).
Holly High came out flying high in the third frame. The Hawks steadily increased the lead to nine and then 12 after the Bears’ bench drew a tech. The Hawks laid it on thick and took the third going away at 52-36.
The fourth quarter turned rough indeed. It was apparent that neither squad wanted to lose this first district contest. The Hawks were holding on to the lead but the Bears kept chipping away at it. Time was running out and Alcorn Central had to commit some fouls. The Hawks hit six of seven down the stretch and preserved the 68-60 win.
Rodney Redmond tripled up on threes and had a total of 15; Daughtery hit for 16; Dewayne McKinney scored 11; and Paris Scruggs threw in nine.
Jordan Wyke led the Bears with 17, aided by 15 each from Bain and Trevor Smith.
Holly High’s next home game was Monday of this week versus Independence. The Hawks and Lady Hawks host Ashland Friday.
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