Thursday, February 10, 2011
Lady Hawks, Hawks fall to 6A Olive Branch
By CLAUDE VINSON
On the last day in January the teams of Holly High stepped up a few classes to contest the Olive Branch teams.
These teams have history which dates back to years past. At one time they played in the same division. But Olive Branch has moved up to 6A in recent years.
Most of the first period in the ladies’ game had flitted away and the 3A Lady Hawks still hadn’t put any numbers on the board. Kenyada Burns was sent to the line and put a digit on the home side. The Lady Conquistadors weren’t making any turnovers, but they were missing some very good looks; however, they were 9-1 at the end.
The Lady Hawks were definitely hastening their own demise with turnovers. Fortunately for them, the Lady “Qs” were still throwing up a lot of bricks. The score was 18-9 at intermission.
The Lady Hawks improved their rebounding in the third and were getting some great uncontested long shots, but they were not connecting. They were 12 points behind (22-10) when the third expired.
It was a complete wash in the fourth. Holly High gained only four more points for a final of 37-14.
Shakerra Dawkins hit for five points for the Lady Hawks.
The Hawks started with a trey from Kendrick Pool and Olive Branch answered with an “alley oop” dunk from Jaylen Moore. From there they traded slings and arrows with the Hawks going out at 14-12.
It was a wild and rough second quarter, which saw both sides with some long ball help. It was all tied up at 27 at the half.
The tempo had changed quite a bit from the second frame. Each squad seemed to be playing more cautiously. Marick Anderson hit a long ball from the corner to tilt it to Olive Branch at 39-36 at the end of the third period.
Traditionally, these two schools have always played each other tough through the years. And though the designations are three classes (3A-6A), the games still draw large raucous crowds from both sides.
The Hawks just didn’t play well enough down the stretch and went down by nine points, 53-44.
Johnathan Bownes paced the Hawks’ effort with 14, followed by Pool with nine.
Anderson led Olive Branch with 18. Next were Moore with 12 and Arthur Cowan pitched in eight.
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