Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hawks sweep Tigers
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Charleston Lady Tigers came in to Holly Springs Friday with a record of 10-3 (1-0) and spotted the Lady Hawks a game-opening trey and then showed why their record was 10-3.
They sped out to a seven-point lead (10-3) before Holly High called a halt. Charleston had a pair of stellar rebounders in Jayla Bullock and Terria Taylor. But Holly High got some three help from Jasmine Jones and Starlandria Walton and evened it at 13 in the first.
The hosts took and held a one-point lead early in the second of this District 2-3A clash. They were being methodical and selective. Charleston reclaimed the lead by three but LaKendra Bell tied it from long range. The score flipped a couple of times but with a single-digit lead and seconds on the clock, Walton ran the lane and sank one at the buzzer, making it 27-24 at intermission.
Charleston’s scoring went down in the third and Holly High’s rose. A red-hot Walton planted her fourth trey and the Lady Hawks were on their way to a 10-point lead, aided by four freebies. Holly High was out front 38-31 at the end of the third.
The Lady Tigers pushed hard in the fourth but the Lady Hawks kept them behind the eight ball. Also, Holly High shooters began to hit more free throws down the stretch. The Lady Tigers didn’t get to the line that often and missed most of their opportunities. The Lady Hawks hung around and pulled the upset 58-50.
Walton had five threes as part of her 36-point output. Bell threw in eight and also had seven rebounds.
Hawks beat Tigers in OT
The Holly High Hawks found themselves in another extra quarter game in the same week. The nightcap with the Charleston Tigers was marked by a scrappy first quarter, one in which both squads appeared to be badly out of sync. Neither side settled into a system or rhythm. It was just fast and wild. Both sides barely made it out of single digits with Holly High going 14-11.
The mistakes and throwaways continued well into the second frame. As erratic as play was, Holly High managed to hold onto a tenuous lead of two to three points until the last couple of minutes, when DaVonte Smith got a pair of stickbacks and Kylan Freeman came from the bench and popped a three.
The Hawks won the shooting war in the second and went up by a dozen, 34-22.
The Tigers couldn’t establish any productive ball control in the third and the play of Stephone Brock was the only thing keeping them in the game. He cut a 14-point deficit down to eight. Stephen Grant stole a ball and reduced it two more at the buzzer, 48-42.
The game was stretching way past an hour and actually lasted two hours and 15 minutes.
The Tigers took the biggest bite out of the Hawks’ lead in the top of the fourth, cutting the margin to two. But the Hawks rallied again and went up five.
It had been tied three times when Joseph Stevenson entered and hit a three, sending the Hawks ahead 63-61. Charleston tied it at 65-all at the end of regulation to send it into overtime.
It was nip and tuck, with the Hawks finally coming out on top at 76-75, thanks to Tyler Brown’s game-clinching lay-up off the press.
Brown led the Hawks with 26 points and seven steals. Next was Smith with 13 points and 10 rebounds, followed by DeAndre Finley, Freeman and Carlos Pool with eight points each. Terrence Townsend had eight steals.
Both Holly High squads improved to 3-0 in District 2-3A play.
The Lady Hawks (6-9 overall) and the Hawks (8-7) visited M.S. Palmer Tuesday. They meet Potts Camp in an away game Friday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 21, they host Water Valley.
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