Photos by DeMill Dixon
(Left) Arkajah Sims (12) slipls past Darianna Wilson (22) for a shot. (Right) Dylan King (31) takes a shot with Antwon Porter (10) opposing.
County rivals split games
It’s always an electric atmosphere when Holly Springs and Byhalia collide on the court, and Friday night was no different.
The Marshall County rivals split, with the Hawks avenging a loss to the Indians earlier in the season and the Lady Indians completing the season sweep.
Holly High, playing at home, got 16 points from Derek Fountain and 14 from Cori Bell in its 59-54 win over Byhalia.
“Our team got a nice boost from Dylan King (10 points), who had to step up for Daveon Miller, who battled foul trouble all night,” said Sylvester Kilgore, head coach of the Class 3A Hawks. “We also got good minutes from Ded’drick Faulkner down the stretch run. And Cardarius Autry was our lightning rod on defense, causing havoc all over the floor.”
Tyhem Reaves finished with eight points, including what Coach Kilgore called a pair of “big threes.”
Fountain led the Hawks in rebounding with eight.
Holly High led 32-23 at the half but had that margin trimmed to two entering the fourth.
Leading scorers for the Indians were Antwon Porter with 14, Kavontae Tunstall and Raymond Tuggles with 12 each and Jerrell Bronson with eight.
“Costly mistakes, the mental part of the game – that’s where we lost it,” said Derwin Cooper, head coach of the Indians.
Coach Kilgore thanked Hawks’ nation for supporting the team.
“It was a great environment Friday night for our kids,” Kilgore said.
“Credit my friend, Coach Cooper, and our county rival Byhalia for an entertaining game. In my opinion, Byhalia will go far in 4A because they are well-coached and have some of the best prospects in our state.
“Marshall County basketball has a great future.”
The Byhalia Lady Indians used a strong fourth quarter to turn back the Lady Hawks 47-32.
Holly High carried a 23-22 lead into the final period but Byhalia turned it up a notch and won by 15.
“We had a rough first half shooting the ball,” said Cooper, who also coaches the Lady Indians. “We were one of 12 from the free-throw line in the first half.
“We were more motivated in the second half (outscoring Holly High 25-9 in the fourth period). It was a big rivalry game, always competitive.”
Lakiowa Milan had a game-high 16 points for Byhalia. She hit three threes. Jasmine Malone added nine.
“Both teams competed well,” said Andre Jones, head coach of the Lady Hawks. “The fourth quarter was the most important quarter of the game, and they performed better and came out on top.”
Missed free throws haunted the Lady Hawks. They were 13 of 31.
“That definitely factored into the results of the game,” Jones said.
For Holly High, Arriyunna Washington scored 13, including three threes.
The Lady Hawks (4-11) and the Hawks (9-7) hosted M.S. Palmer on Tuesday of this week. They host Lake Cormorant this Friday and then go to Water Valley next Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The Lady Indians (7-7) and the Indians (9-5) visited Ripley on Tuesday of this week. They travel to Potts Camp Friday and then go to Senatobia next Tuesday, Jan. 15.