Thursday, January 12, 2012
Holly High splits with Lafayette
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Commodores came to town Friday evening to contest the Holly High Lady Hawks.
Class 4A Lafayette grabbed the early lead and was up 11-4 when the quarter ended.
The Lady Commodores (6-6) were pressuring Holly High (2-16) on every possession. The defensive heat was being felt and stopping the Lady Hawks short of the basket. They just weren’t able to penetrate the defensive curtain. The scoring was not that great for either squad but Lafayette was keeping five to seven points in front of Holly High. It was 22-14 at intermission.
The Class 3A Lady Hawks came out of the locker room with desire. They got back-to-back treys from KeShauna Payton and Megan Crittle in that order. The Lady Commodores called time when they discovered that they were just a field goal ahead. It was noticeable that Holly High had reversed the pressure and was rebounding better. But the scoring stalled and Lafayette built a 10-point lead in the lull. The third ended at 36-28.
Holly High’s offense came apart at the seams in the last period. The Lady Hawks drew a “tech” and after that Lafayette flooded the nylon. The visitors reached a 20-point margin with a little over a minute left in the game. The final results tallied at 63-37.
The Lady Hawks had no double figure shooters, however, Crittle, Payton and Kenyada Burns were all knotted at nine each.
Mykira Buford led the visitors with 15. Next was Mariah Buford with 14 and Mariah Hairston, Salena Buck and Janae Westbrook had 10 each.
Hawks roll to win
The Lafayette Commodores’ record was not that impressive (1-6) but when queried on the low number, Nacoma James, head coach of Lafayette, explained it.
“We didn’t enter the basketball arena until December 6,” he said. “We are the state 4A champions in football. Ninety percent of our basketball team also played football.”
They appeared a little bit out of their element on this night but the Hawks weren’t. They led 14-5 in the first quarter.
The ’Dores were still trying to get their offense on track in the second quarter and move themselves out of single digits on the scoreboard. The Hawks were not exactly setting the woods on fire but they were 11 ahead (20-9) at intermission.
The Hawks ignited some brush in the third with a trio of flaming three balls from Rodney Redmond, DeAndre Griffin and Courtavious Daughtery. When the horn sounded it was a 21-point margin (39-18).
Head coach Naylond Hayes went to his bench often in the final period, but the difference on the board didn’t dip below 20 until Brandon Mack ran the lane and dumped in a layup with a minute left. Holly High got the two back before time expired to finish at 47-27.
Dewayne McKinney fueled the Hawks effort with 10, aided by nine from Redmond.
Mack led the visitors with eight.
Holly High-Olive Branch
Holly Springs basketball teams traveled a few miles west on Highway 78 January 3 and dropped a pair of games at Olive Branch.
The 3A Hawks almost pulled out the win over the Class 6A Conquistadors. They lost a 53-50 nail-biter.
The Holly High boys were up 26-25 at the half but fell behind 37-34 following three periods.
Rodney Redmond was the only Hawk in double digits with 13 points. DeAndre Griffin and Tevin Jones contributed eight each.
The Lady Hawks also stayed close much of the way before falling 52-41 to the Lady Conquistadors.
The Holly Springs girls trailed 20-16 at the half. Olive Branch snatched the momentum by outscoring the visitors 18-13 in the third.
Megan Crittle led the Lady Hawks with 14. Kenyada Burns had 12 and Carrie Graham nine.
The Hawks (13-6) and the Lady Hawks (2-17) hosted Olive Branch Tuesday. They host Belmont in their Region 1-3A openers Friday.
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