Thursday, December 6, 2012
Holly High teams fall to Cougars
By CLAUDE VINSON
Holly High played hosts to the Cougar teams of Coldwater Tuesday night of last week and came up short in both contests.
The Lady Hawks didn’t get the tip but they got the first four points. The Lady Cougars were only taken aback momentarily and they quickly tied it at four all then moved ahead by two. The visitors allowed the home team just two more points before the first period expired at 10-6.
Both squads had been fouling regularly in the second frame, each committing almost a dozen infractions. Neither was having much luck at the charity stripe. The Lady Hawks did manage to whittle a nine-point difference down to three at intermission, 20-17.
The Lady Hawks came out of the locker room and took their first lead of the game at 23-22. The game was tied at 24-all just seconds later and remained that way for about five minutes. It was knotted again at both 26 and 29. The Lady Hawks were still at 29 at the end of three but the Lady Cougars had moved out to 35.
Coldwater went on a point-gathering drive and ran away from the Lady Hawks by 11 points about midway through the final frame. But Megan Crittle and Starlandria Walton sank some much-needed points down the stretch to leave the Lady Hawks just six points behind at game’s end, 48-42.
Crittle led the hosts with 15 and Walton followed with 13.
High scorer for Coldwater was Brooklyn Polk with 13.
Hawks lose by 10
The Cougars came off of the blocks fast and had stuck a trio of deuces before the Hawks’ offense found the basket. They began hitting and shot past the Cougars 10-6. The Cougars kept clawing their way back with their coach, Wert Spiva, working the floor officials. They were two points away when the first frame ended (20-18).
Coach Naylond Hayes and the Hawks, operating without a few key players, kept their leading margin during the second quarter, but the Cougars would not be denied. They kept fighting back and even pulled to within three when Marcel Hunt hit his third trey at the buzzer to make it 33-30.
The visitors really kept the score close in the third period. Michael Geter caught fire for Coldwater and sparked a scoring spurt by speeding his way underneath the basket and making lay-ins at full gallop. He had put the Cougars ahead by one point at the third’s end, 41-40.
The Hawks were giving up too many fouls, mishandled too many balls and gave the Cougars too many scoring opportunities. The Cougars led 55-44 with less than two minutes left. The Hawks cut it to seven (55-48) with 1:01 remaining but couldn’t go any farther with the Cougars hitting three more for the 58-48 victory.
Tevin Jones led the Hawks with 16; Carlos Pool hit 11; and Tyler Brown finished with eight.
The Cougars had a trio of shooters in double figures, Marcel Newson (20), Hunt (17) and Erlando Blair (12).
Holly High teams were scheduled to host Senatobia Tuesday. They go to Independence next Tuesday, Dec. 11.
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