Thursday, February 2, 2012
Lady Hawks down district foe Devils
By Claude Vinson
The Holly Springs Lady Hawks were all business when they came out against the Booneville Lady Devils Tuesday night, Jan. 24.
They took a 7-0 lead within the first three minutes of this Region 1-3A contest. They were using a tight 2-3 defense. They gave the Lady Devils all they could handle in the first quarter at 11-7.
Holly High had started claiming rebounds early in the first quarter and they continued in the second. The score was tied twice but each time the Lady Hawks wiggled back out front. They missed some critical close-ins but still came out two points ahead at half time, 20-18.
Holly High matched its biggest lead (seven points) early in the third frame, 28-21. They were out-rebounding Booneville at both ends and they were really applying pressure on defense. With the highly partisan crowd solidly behind them, the Lady Hawks appeared poised to deliver the “knock-out” punch. They achieved a 10-point lead and were still ahead 33-25 when the period ended.
With three shooters in double figures (Carrie Graham, Kenyada Burns and KeShauna Payton), Holly High showed no intentions of giving up the lead in the fourth quarter. They added 22 more points to finish it off 55-40.
Graham had 10, Burns 14 and Payton 13. Megan Crittle threw in nine.
Deshiyah Agnew and Jasmine Allen paced Booneville with 16 and 15, respectively.
Hawks lose in OT
The Booneville Blue Devils, ranked second in Class 3A, put some trees on the floor to start their game with the Hawks. Three of the starting five had ample height. And just to show that it wasn’t just “window dressing,” Kenny Paul Geno made a two-handed jam in heavy traffic. Both squads were really getting up and down the floor. The Hawks prevailed in the first quarter 10-9.
Play was erratic and scoring was sporadic in the second. The Devils crept past Holly High and took a four-point lead. However, Rodney Redmond and Justin Jeffries bombed a pair from long range and gave the four points to the hosts at intermission, 21-17.
The teams were keeping pace with each other and the score flip-flopped a couple of times. Geno made a three the old fashioned way in the last minute to give the Devils a one-point margin at the end of the third, 31-30.
The fourth turned into a boilermaker. A single point separated the two for the last half of the quarter. Ernest Blackmon tied it at 40-all from the line. The Hawks got a second chance with 15 ticks left on the clock but turned it over under their basket. They had one final chance before going to overtime.
In the extra period, the Hawks could not wrest the lead from the Devils and fell 46-42.
Dewayne McKinney and Redmond had 10 each for Holly High. Paris Scruggs was next with eight.
Geno had the hot hand and steady eye for Booneville with 18, followed by eight from Darius Leach.
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