Thursday, February 17, 2011
Hawks second in district, go to north half play
By BARRY BURLESON
Playing two games in a day may have caught up with the Holly Springs Hawks in the eighth quarter.
Because of last week’s snow and ice, the Hawks’ district semi-final contest versus Palmer was pushed to Saturday at noon in Charleston. They won 41-37. Then they had to turn around and play in the championship game against East Side later that night and lost 59-51.
“We played good until the last four minutes (versus East Side),” coach Naylond Hayes said. “I think we ran out of gas.”
But when all was said and done, he was pleased. His Hawks finished second in the Region 3-3A Tournament and earned a host spot in the first round of North State Tuesday night (of this week).
“The last few games we’ve played good,” the veteran coach said. “We would have liked to have won it (the district), but I feel like we played the best we could. Of course, you’re never satisfied.”
The Dragons had beaten Holly High twice in the regular season – but not this time.
Despite falling behind 13-2, the Hawks rallied for the four-point victory.
“We played solid defense – the best we’ve played all year,” Hayes said. “We had to.”
Holly Springs led 36-29 in the fourth but Palmer cut it to two.
“We were in a delay game, and they fouled, and we missed free throws,” Hayes said. “But we scuffled out of it.
“The big thing – we earned the right to play at home (Tuesday of this week). That’s big.
“We’ve got to win that one (versus Leland). If we don’t, we’re finished.”
Johnathan Bownes led the Hawks in the semi-final victory with 13 points. David Bridges added nine and Kendrick Pool eight.
Third-seeded Holly High fought and scratched but could not knock off the top-seeded Trojans. It was their third loss of the season to East Side, led by McDonald’s All-American and LSU signee Johnny O’Bryant.
Holly High actually had a lead in the fourth but let it slip away.
“We made a couple of mistakes on defense,” Coach Hayes said. “They hit a couple of threes and went up six.
“Then East Side went to the delay game and we had to foul. I don’t think they missed a free throw down the stretch.”
The Trojans won by eight.
Top scorers for Holly High were Bownes with 13 and Pool and Bridges with 11 each.
The Hawks (19-10), with a win over Leland, will advance to the North 3A quarter-finals later this week at a site to be determined (likely Corinth).
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