Photo by DeMill DixonTyhem Reaves (11) flies to the hoop in the win over the Blue Devils last week.
Hawks turn back Devils
The Holly Springs Hawks played to their strengths Tuesday, Jan. 22, at home and cruised past Ashland.
They got 16 points and 12 rebounds from big man Deveon Miller in a 74-41 win at home.
“We were able to take advantage of our size down low and execute well on defense to set the tone and flow of the game,” coach Sylvester Kilgore said.
Other top scorers for Holly High were Dylan King with 12 and Tyhem Reaves and Derek Fountain with 11 each.
King was the second leading rebounder with nine. Ded’drick Faulkner dished out six assists and added seven points.
“It was a good win versus our rival from Benton County,” Kilgore said.
The Hawks, ranked second in Class 3A by Capital Preps, were 13 of 20 (65 percent) from the free-throw stripe and 29 of 60 (48 percent) from the field.
Leading point producers for the Blue Devils were Erik Bell with 14 and Darrious Scales with 13.
The Lady Hawks dropped a 64-49 decision to the Lady Blue Devils.
The Holly High girls out-rebounded Ashland 33-31 but struggled on offense. They shot just 25 percent from the field (18 of 71), including five of 26 from three-point range.
Arriyunna Washington poured in 24 points for the Lady Hawks. Arkajah Sims followed with 11.
Leading the board work was Celekeisha Brown with 10 rebounds.
Four Lady Blue Devils scored in double digits in the victory – Cherica Cheairs and Chantora Cheairs with 18 each, Dajah Turner with 15 and Kaylen Archibald with 11.
Holly High-Coahoma AHS
The Hawks dropped their first Region 2-3A game of the season Friday night at Coahoma AHS 58-56.
“We were in a back-andforth contest all night in a difficult environment,” Kilgore said. “Our inconsistency at the free-throw line, costly turnovers and a lack of defensive execution led to our downfall in the end.”
Holly High held a 30-28 advantage at halftime. Coahoma won the third quarter 19-13, and hung on to win by two.
Hitting in double digits for the Hawks were Fountain with 19, Cori Bell with 13 and Miller with 10. Fountain pulled down 11 rebounds.
Despite the loss, the Hawks stayed atop the district with a 6-1 mark.
The Holly High girls were on the short end of a 47-41 score Friday night at Coahoma AHS to go to 4-3 in the district.
Washington had 14 points in the loss. Ashanta Aldridge had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Hawks shot just 29.1 percent (16 of 55) from the field. However, they out-rebounded Coahoma AHS 31-19.
The Hawks got off to a slow start Saturday afternoon at the Hotbed Classic in New Albany and it cost them. They lost 78-66 to the host team.
Holly High fell behind 14-6 in the first quarter and was down 35-20 at the half.
They outscored the Bulldogs 48-43 in the second half but it was enough.
“We played much better in the later quarters,” Kilgore said. “We made a few runs to make it very interesting, but we were thwarted by some big-time individual plays from Mitchell Settles and some bad breaks during our comeback attempt.”
Settles burned the nets for a game-high 32 points for New Albany. He hit five threes and was 15 of 17 from the freethrow stripe.
Bell, the most valuable player for the Hawks, finished with 20 points. He was 10 of 12 from the charity line. He also dished out eight assists.
Miller and Fountain each had a double-double – Miller with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Fountain with 10 points and 15 rebounds. King added 13 points.
The Hawks (14-9 overall) and the Lady Hawks (8-13) hosted Independence on Tuesday night of this week. They go to M.S. Palmer Friday and then end the regular season next Tuesday, Feb. 5, by visiting Water Valley.