Thursday, December 22, 2011
Hawks down rival Devils
By CLAUDE VINSON
This was the rubber match between these two intercounty rivals – Holly Springs and Ashland. The first meeting was at Ashland on December 2 and that one was a split.
Friday night, the Lady Devils’ defense was holding the Lady Hawks way outside and they weren’t connecting on any long balls. The Lady Devils were up 12-3 at the end of the first period.
Ball control became an issue for Holly High in the second quarter. They were losing the ball before they got a decent look at the nylon. The Lady Devils were not having any such problems. At one point they tripled the Lady Hawks and led 26-10 at intermission.
The Lady Hawks got some three-ball help from Shakiya Perkins, KeShauna Payton and Megan Crittle in the third quarter. They were able to trim the lead to 11 (39-28). Then the Ashland bench drew a tech and Payton cut the lead to nine. The Lady Hawks committed a couple of errors and the Lady Devils went back to 11 at quarter’s end (41-30).
Holly High put forth an effort in the final frame and managed to keep the score below double digits. The Lady Hawks really could have won this one at the charity stripe. They had 18 chances in the second half and only hit six of them. Ashland won the game by an eight-point margin (49-41).
Holly High was paced with 13 points from Perkins (a trio of treys), 11 points from Payton and eight points from Kenyada Burns.
Jaliiyah Godwin and Dametris Anderson led Ashland with 11 apiece with Alontra Tucker adding eight.
Hawks down Devils
The gym was standing-room-only by the time the Hawks and Blue Devils took the floor for their rematch. In Ashland’s gym the Hawks had escaped with a two-point win after the Blue Devils had made a last minute push. The Hawks seemed bent on not letting history repeat itself. They had a 19-9 margin after the first quarter was completed.
The Hawks increased their lead to 17 in the second period before the Devils began to bite big chunks out of it. They had knocked it down to a four-point difference (27-23) at intermission.
The Hawks struggled a little to start the third. Ashland overtook them by one point for a brief period. The Hawks rallied and Dewayne McKinney began plugging up the middle at both ends. He grabbed rebounds and made blocks at the defensive end and made stick backs at the offensive end. His efforts coupled with those from Justin Jeffries gave the Hawks a 45-30 margin at the end of three.
The Blue Devils made another push in the last quarter but the Hawks successfully turned them back and went on to the 58-50 victory. Holly High improved to 11-3 on the season.
High scorers were Courtavious Daughtery with 11, McKinney with 10, Jeffries with nine and Rodney Redmond and Paris Scruggs with eight each.
Double figure shooters leading Ashland were Darius Dukes with 16 and Gravis Scruggs with 10.
The Hawks are scheduled to take part in the Alcorn Central Tournament on December 27 and the Booneville Tournament on December 29.
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