Thursday, February 24, 2011
Corinth eliminates Holly High
By BARRY BURLESON
The Holly Springs Hawks had the tall task of beating Corinth on its home court Thursday afternoon to advance in Class 3A North State play.
The Hawks stunned the Warriors in the early going and led by seven at the half but couldn’t hang on. They fell 58-50 before a packed house.
“They’re tough,” coach Naylond Hayes said about the Warriors. “They’re better than any team we have played this year. The may win the state championship.”
Holly High ended the season with a 20-11 mark.
The Hawks led Corinth 14-10 after one quarter and 27-20 at the half.
“We went up by nine to start the third and then started turning the ball over and stuff,” Hayes said.
The Warriors outscored the Hawks 21-10 in the third to take a 41-37 lead. The host squad went on to win by eight and improved to 28-3.
Johnathan Bownes poured in 29 points for Holly High.
“Johnathan played the best game he’s played all year,” Coach Hayes said.
He was 10 of 10 on two-point shots and also hit two threes. He grabbed eight rebounds.
Holly High advanced to the North State quarter-finals at Corinth thanks to a 62-31 rout of Leland at home Tuesday, Feb. 15.
The Hawks drilled 10 threes – six in the first half and four in the second.
The Cubs managed to stay close in the first quarter – only down 15-11.
But the host team started to pull away in the second. Bownes hit a three at the 5:04 mark. David Bridges dunked the basketball with 20 seconds to go in the first half to ignite the home-side supporters. The advantage was 35-18.
Gerald Jones and Kendrick Pool had two threes each in the first half.
The long-range bombs continued in the third. The Hawks stretched their lead to 53-30 before winning by 31.
Eight Hawks scored. Bownes was the top point man with 14. Bridges and Pool added 12 each. Javian Agnew scored nine.
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