Thursday, February 17, 2011
Lady Hawks lose; boys roll
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly Springs Lady Hawks opened the tournament for their class and district against the Charleston Lady Tigers (fourth seed). The fifth-seeded Lady Hawks had dropped both regular season games to Charleston and the Lady Tigers took control of this one early, leading 12-2 at the end of the first.
The Lady Hawks came alive in the second. They settled down, began controlling the turnovers and their shots started to fall. Rachel Selman and Shakerra Dawkins were taking the fight to the Lady Tigers. They cut the 13-point deficit to five just before the first half closed. Holly High trailed 24-19 at the break.
The Lady Hawks slipped back a bit in the third, allowing the Lady Tigers to run up another double-digit lead. They got four of it back but were still down by seven (30-23).
The good news was that Holly High made up the shy points in the fourth; however, the bad news was Charleston added 12 to its total and sent the Lady Hawks home with the 42-30 loss.
Selman led Holly High with 10, followed by Dawkins and Kayla Burns with nine and six, respectively.
The Hawks (third seed) met the Wildcats of Independence (sixth seed) in the Region 3-3A tourney on February 8 at Charleston. They started this one off in Hawks’ fashion, a speedy lead with the long ball coming into play early. David Bridges had popped four in a row to give Holly High an 18-5 lead. The Hawks drew a “tech” for a numbers violation and the Wildcats added that two to their first quarter effort (18-7).
The Wildcats tried to take a bite out of the Hawks’ lead in the second but the Hawks’ long shots were still working. They got a pair from Bridges and a single from Kendrick Pool to make it 31-18 at intermission.
Independence picked it up a bit more in the third and made a push to carry it to 40-32 at the end.
In the final frame, seemingly, the Wildcats couldn’t buy a basket at bargain basement prices. Nothing fell. The Hawks took over and walked away with the 27-point victory, 65-38.
Bridges’ tally of 31 (seven treys) paced the Hawks, with Jonathan Bownes throwing in 12.
Antwon Cathey led Independence with 10.
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