Thursday, June 14, 2012
Teams tune up for next season
By CLAUDE VINSON
Spring and summer basketball continues at the campus of H.W. Byers High School.
Jason Thompson, head coach of the Lady Lions, invited a large number of teams from the bi-state area to a three-day event, which encompassed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.
The Holly High Lady Hawks played a couple of games on Tuesday afternoon, June 5, the first against the Lady Jaguars of Southwind High School (Memphis, Tenn.). Roshunda Neely punched in her first of two treys to open the scoring. The Lady Hawks were led onto the court by new head coach Sylvester Kilgore. They ended the first 16-minute half in a 10-10 tie with the Lady Jags.
The Lady Hawks went a little cold in the second frame and could only muster up six points to add to their 16 points game total. The Lady Jags had two players hitting in double figures, which accounted for 23 of their total 38 points.
Holly High took the court again a couple of hours later, this time against a more familiar foe in the Lady Blue Devils of Ashland. The Lady Hawks appeared to be more settled in this game. They even led 15-8 at halftime.
In the second half, Holly High kept it close. Kayla Burns and Megan Crittle were hitting key buckets.
But the Lady Devils’ Alontra Tucker had a high game of 22 to lead the Lady Devils to a 33-29 victory.
H.W. Byers was up shortly thereafter with consecutive games. These are summer games and have no value other than future indicators; however, the void left by the departure of Dominique Rubin, Alexis Hardaway and Kyra Gulledge, whose talents have transferred to other venues, was noticeable. The Lady Lions still exhibited a strong nucleus, although Madison McCreless didn’t suit up due to a recent foot injury.
Abria Gulledge appeared to take up where she left off last season, planting five threes over the course of the game. The Lady Lions had an 18-9 lead at halftime in their game with the Lady Cougars of Munford (Tenn).
Laniqua Collins hit for 10 points and Richenda Crutcher added six to help in the 38-22 victory. The Lady Cougars had no shooters in double figures but did have one shooter who hit a trio of treys.
The Lady Lions didn’t get a chance to leave the floor and took no warm-up shots. They faced the Lady Kats of Independence High School and immediately ran up a 10-2 lead. They were ahead 28-3 after the first 16-minute period.
Abria Gulledge scored 14 to lead Byers and Jequira Thompson threw in seven, which included a pair of treys. Byers went on to claim a 37-15 win.
The Holly High Hawks also took part in the three-day shootout but had an entirely new look.
Head coach Naylond Hayes said, “This is a completely new team. We are building from the ground up. There are no returning hot hands. We are looking to this summer competition to give us direction, motivation and some indications of future needs.”
Hayes’ Hawks did get an eight-point performance from Jarvis Dowdy. He also said a freshman, Deandre Finley, is showing early promise and he is looking to Tevin Jones to jell at center.
The Hawks were slated to play at Myrtle on Monday night (June 11) and back at Byers Thursday and Friday.
Thompson said Monday there will be shootouts on June 14-15, 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27. The coach said the big event last week fielded 18-20 teams with about seven coming from Tennessee.
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