Thursday, December 22, 2011
Holly High teams lose to Wildcats
By CLAUDE VINSON
The teams from Independence seem to be making it a habit of defeating Marshall County teams this season. They had taken a pair from Byhalia on December 6 and did the same to Holly High six days later.
The Lady Hawks’ first six points Monday, Dec. 12, came via the three route, one each from Shakiya Perkins and KeShauna Payton. They were using a 2-3 offensive formation, keeping it wide and moving at a controlled tempo. Lady Hawks head coach Xavier Johnson had said before the game he was going to try and control the tempo and keep the ball away from Independence’s Jerricka Cole. It was an effective premise in the first quarter with the Lady Hawks leading 8-6.
Cole had been pretty much contained in the first frame but in the second it changed. She began filling up the lane, taking rebounds and making short stick-backs. She and Kristina Mays advanced the Lady ’Kats to a 24-12 halftime score.
The Lady Hawks couldn’t get anything to fall in the third. They were being outgunned at every turn. And they were turning the ball over with regularity. The Lady ’Kats were capitalizing. They moved out to a 40-17 lead at the end of that quarter.
It didn’t get any easier for the home team in the final period. They didn’t get to the line that often and they were committing twice as many fouls as the visitors. Independence missed only one freebie in the second half, but wasn’t missing much else. The Lady Wildcats cruised to the win at 50-26.
Payton led the Lady Hawks with 12 points, all threes, and Perkins followed with eight.
Cole and Mays led Independence with 12 each and Tamerra Wooten and Paige Morman had 10 and eight, respectively.
Hawks fall to Wildcats
Holly High was going without some of its starters. The pace was fast but the scoring was slow. Independence outscored Holly High 8-4 in the first quarter.
The Hawks appeared totally out of sync in the second frame. Their timing was definitely off. They were not getting very many good first looks and practically no second chances. The score was 22-14 at intermission.
Head coach Naylond Hayes was substituting liberally, but each time the Hawks trimmed the lead, the Wildcats would run it back to double digits. Then in the last minute of the third, the Hawks made a couple of stops and Courtavious Daughtery drilled one from deep left to make it a six-point difference (37-31) at the end of three.
Although Holly High outscored the opponents in the last frame, it was not enough to erase the double-digit difference which had been built in earlier periods. The Wildcats won 54-45.
The Hawks didn’t have any shooters in double figures but Jarvis Dowdy, Tevin Jones and Daughtery hit for nine, eight and seven, in that order.
Deneiko Simmons paced Independence with 25, aided by 11 from David Rodgers.
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