Thursday, December 13, 2012
Holly High squads split with Senatobia
By CLAUDE VINSON
The 4A visitors came to Hawk land Tuesday night, Dec. 4, with a 7-1 record and picked up the first deuce on a fast break.
After that the Senatobia Lady Warriors went through the back door often. The Holly Springs girls were down nine points (10-1) for awhile until they got some production from Megan Crittle. However, they were still chasing the Lady Warriors 17-8 at the end of the quarter.
During the second frame, the Lady Hawks were holding their own in a rebounding war against a bigger, more powerful opponent. However, it resulted in some fouling and the Lady Warriors were not short-stepping in that department either, early on.
Coach Sylvester Kilgore of 3A Holly High got some solid output from some reserves and they cut into Senatobia’s lead big time by intermission, 32-29.
The third period proved to be not so productive for Holly High. They stuck only three points to slip to 41-32.
For whatever the reason, Senatobia began committing infractions and the Lady Hawks were capitalizing at the charity stripe. The Lady Warriors, who had hit seven of eight freebies in the first quarter, had started to miss. Kenyada Burns was a frequent visitor to the stripe and canned six in concession at one point. Starlandria Walton was also picking it up with the free shots. Over the course of the game they hit over 66 percent as opposed to about 43 percent for the visitors.
Although the Lady Hawks showed improved play in the last period, it was not enough to erase the damage which had been done in the third. The final was 61-48.
Holly High had three shooters in double figures. Walton and Burns tied with 13 apiece and Crittle hit 10.
Hawks defeat Warriors
This was the second match in a home-and-home series between the Hawks and Warriors. Holly High had gotten by the Warriors in Senatobia on November 20 by four points. This was the only blemish on the Warriors’ 7-1 record, a mark which included wins over Olive Branch and Oxford. The coaching staff remarked that the “Hawks were the only thorn in our side.” They took the floor with intentions of removing that flaw.
Perhaps they forgot to make their intentions fully known to coach Naylond Hayes and the Hawks. Holly High took a 9-2 lead and held off the Warrior attack for most of the opening quarter. Senatobia managed to draw within five at 14-9.
The Hawks kept the Warriors under the gun with relentless pressure on the ball. Each time the Warriors tried to advance, the Hawks shoved them back. The squads had committed 23 fouls between them with Holly High faring better at the charity stripe than their opponents. The Hawks missed only three in the second period which helped their halftime score of 29-19.
The third frame was wild and scrappy. Holly High continued to outscore Senatobia, although the Warriors cut the lead to 46-40.
The Warriors tried hard to snatch this one thorn from their side in the final period but the Hawks were not giving in. They were going full tilt from end to end. Senatobia was breathing heavily down their jerseys and was behind two points at 55-53 with 20 seconds left. Tramaine Faulkner was fouled and went to the line and put it completely out of the Warriors’ reach by nailing both freebies, 57-53.
Courtavious Daughtery’s rain of treys (five) gave him high point honors with 21. Teammates Tyler Brown and Faulkner had seven each.
Lajustin Anderson of Senatobia led the floor with 24 (he also had five treys).
The Hawks were scheduled to see action at Independence on Tuesday of this week. They host Ashland Friday night and go to Olive Branch next Tuesday, Dec. 18.
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