Thursday, January 5, 2012
Lady Hawks taste victory
By BARRY BURLESON
It was happy holidays for the Holly Springs Lady Hawks.
They got their first two wins of the season in tournaments last week at Alcorn Central and Booneville.
“For us to be so young, with just one senior, hopefully with the momentum from these games, we can continue to play well – win or lose,” coach Xavier Johnson said.
The Lady Hawks downed Tupelo Christian 58-32 Tuesday of last week in the Alcorn Central Holiday Hoops Tournament.
It was a balanced attack for Holly High. Carrie Graham led with 15 points, KeShauna Payton, the only senior on the squad, and Megan Crittle had 11 each and Abreana Spight 10.
“For the most part, we’ve been making 25 turnovers a game and we cut that to four against Tupelo Christian,” he said
“It’s good for the girls to get a taste of winning. It’s a matter of the girls believing in the system, the coach and themselves.”
The Lady Hawks followed that win up with a 39-36 victory over Houston Thursday in the Kiwanis Christmas Classic at Booneville.
They trailed 29-23 after three quarters but outscored the Lady Hilltoppers 16-7 in the fourth.
Crittle and Carrie Graham were the top guns for Holly High with 18 and 10 points, respectively.
The Holly High girls improved to 2-14. Houston dropped to 7-6.
“We’ve played 16 games and half of those have been against teams that made it to Jackson last year,” Johnson said. “It has been a very tough schedule.”
Holly High boys
The Hawks split against their opponents at Alcorn Central and Booneville.
They fell 48-43 to Cordova, Tenn., in the Alcorn Central Holiday Tournament December 27.
“We had a chance to win it,” coach Naylond Hayes said. “With 1:15 left, we were two points down with the ball.”
The Hawks struggled offensively, he said, from the free-throw stripe and from beyond the three-point line. They were three of 16 on threes.
“We didn’t shoot well but our defense was solid,” he said.
Paris Scruggs had 16 points and dished out six assists. Dewayne McKinney had seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Holly High boys bounced back Thursday in the Kiwanis Christmas Classic at Booneville. They rallied for a 63-58 win over North Pontotoc and improved their season mark to 12-4.
“We stayed behind until the last two or three minutes,” Hayes said. “It was nip and tuck for a long time.”
The Hawks trailed 26-18 at the half and 41-39 after three quarters.
DeAndre Griffin poured in 17 points. Rodney Redmond had 14. McKinney scored 11, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked five shots and had two steals.
“He (McKinney) gets the game ball for his defense,” Hayes said. “It was his best game yet.”
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