Thursday, January 19, 2012
Holly High drops pair to Olive Branch; splits with Belmont
By CLAUDE VINSON
At the very start of the Holly High-Olive Branch girls’ game on January 10, both squads appeared a bit on edge and unsteady.
The Lady Conquistadors were picking up the Lady Hawks full court. They were forcing them into multiple turnovers. Holly High was not getting many opportunities to establish an offense. All the breaks were going to Olive Branch. While the Lady ’Quistors didn’t score a boat load of points, they were out front 11-2 at the end of the first period.
The Lady Hawks did a little better the second quarter, but they still weren’t getting any second looks. They were not handling the ball well at all. Olive Branch was taking every advantage and ran their skein of points to 32-8 at halftime.
The Lady Hawks still were not stemming the tide in the third quarter. They were logging slightly more points and getting to the line more often but hitting just about fifty percent of the freebies. The Lady ’Quistors were not doing any better at the line; however, the margin of difference which they took into the final frame was 39-18.
Holly High didn’t heat up its game very much in the last period either. When the last point was tallied, Olive Branch had evened its record at 9-9 and defeated the Lady Hawks 47-26.
Kenyada Burns and Megan Crittle led the Lady Hawks’ effort with eight points each.
Otavia Herron fueled the Lady ‘Quistors with 21 followed by seven from Ricki Hodes.
Hawks fall short
The Class 3A Holly High Hawks had faced the Conquistadors of Olive Banch about a week prior to their Tuesday of last week meeting and had almost upset the 6A ’Quistors on their home court. The 8-8 visitors had a noticeable height advantage over the hosts but there was none in speed or hustle. The Hawks were exhibiting a strictly motion offense. They were running right by Olive Branch defenders and led 15-7 after the first period.
The Olive Branch coach ran in reserves until he put a smaller, swifter five on the floor and they tied it at 17 all at about the three minute left mark. The Hawks went to another three-point difference a short time later. The ’Quistors came back with another knot at 23. Holly High outlasted them until the horn sounded and were two points ahead at 26-24.
After the break, Olive Branch reverted to a taller line-up in an effort to keep Dewayne McKinney away from the basket. It was only semi-effective. The Hawks had a five-point lead once and a four-pointer a couple of times. Justin McClullen brought the visitors even with a buzzer beating trey at the end of three (37-37).
The fourth period was a struggle for the Hawks. They tried to cut through the very thin lead which the Conquistadores had but were denied each time. With the quarter expiring, the Hawks had to use fouls to slow the clock. The ’Quistors were not very accurate at the charity stripe but it was enough to ensure the five point margin of victory, 53-48.
McKinney led the Hawks with 15 followed by Rodney Redmond with 11.
Olive Branch got 12 from Justin Peterkin, 10 each from McClullen and Cam Clark.
Holly Springs teams began Region 1-3A play Friday at home and split with Belmont.
The Hawks got balanced scoring in a 64-49 victory over the Cardinals.
Scoring in double figures were McKinney with 15, Paris Scruggs with 14, Redmond with 13, Justin Jeffries with 12 and DeAndre Griffin with 10.
The Lady Hawks dropped a 63-29 decision to the Lady Cardinals, one of the top-ranked teams in the state.
Top point producers for Holly High were Keshauna Payton with 13 and Kenyada Burns with nine.
The Hawks (14-7 and 1-0) and the Lady Hawks (2-19 and 0-1) go to Ripley this Friday for district clashes.
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