January 23, 2014
Potts Camp played host to a larger, non-district rival on Friday night and Holly Springs left town with a pair of wins.
First up, the intra-county foe Lady Hawks faced the Lady Cardinals and the latter got off to a fast start. They took the tip and turned it into a deuce and followed that with another. The Lady Cardinals ran out to a 9-2 lead before Holly High coach Sylvester Kilgore called time to try and get his team on track. Potts Camp didn’t let up and took the first frame 16-4 with Jakayla Johnson showing the way.
The home team was giving their standing-room-only crowd quite a show until the Lady Hawks began showing some talons early in the second. Starlandria Walton closed the gap with back-to-back treys. The Lady Cards kept a two-point margin until the last minute when LaKendra Bell tied it at the line and Walton ran the lane and hit to give Holly High its first lead at 26-24 just before the period ended.
Play got a little rough in the third and both squads were putting bodies on the floor. The score was staying close and the Lady Hawks were keeping the thin lead. Thanks to a buzzer beater by Ancharreca Crane, the visitors held onto a two-point difference at the end of three (38-36).
This one was exciting from beginning to end. Usually whenever county rivals clash, regardless of the class, fans are going to witness a good show. The 3A team outlasted the 2A in this one for a 56-50 win.
Walton had the keen eye for Holly High with 22 (including a pair of treys). Teammate Bell gave good support with 15 (eight via the charity stripe) and Kenyada Burns scored nine.
Hayley Davis led the Lady Cardinals with 19, which included a trio of treys, followed by Johnson with 16.
Hawks Fly Past Cards
From the start, both of these squads seemed to be on edge. They were missing shots in haste and making frequent turnovers. A lot of the floor trips were coming up empty. The Hawks won the first period 21-7.
The Cards were not lacking in hustle in the second but they were not connecting with the nylon. Meantime, the coaching staff for Holly High was going to the bench at will. The reserves were more methodical but they kept the points coming. All were making contributions and the Hawks had a 22-margin (38-16) at intermission.
It was a run-and-shoot third quarter with both teams adding double digits to their totals. The tempo of the game was, at times, hectic but Holly High still had a hefty lead of 23 points when the quarter was over.
The Cardinals kept trying to bounce back in the final period but the Hawks kept denying them. Xavion Allen was making full use of his trips to the charity stripe, nailing a total of 12 freebies. The Hawks won 68-54.
Allen led his Potts Camp with 20 points, followed by Roger Harmon with 16.
Holly High’s Kylan Freeman and Tyler Brown led with 13 each. DaVonte’ Smith had 11.
The Lady Cardinals (8-8) and the Cardinals (6-10) will host West Tallahatchie this Friday. They will host county rival H.W. Byers next Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The Lady Hawks (8-9) and the Hawks (10-7) were set to host district opponent Water Valley on Tuesday of this week. They go to North Panola Friday.
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