Photos by Theresa Bolden DevoreMarshall's Rusty Bolden looks to the goal with a Lee Academy player trailing.
Holly High sweeps district foes
The Holly Springs Lady Hawks saw their win streak increase to nine last week.
Coach Andre Jones' team turned back Region 2-3A opponents Water Valley and North Panola and advanced to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the district.
"We are playing well right now," coach Andre Jones said. "I think we are in sync with doing what it takes as a team to secure a win. We are taking it one game at a time."
The Holly High girls torched Water Valley 61-30 on the road January 14.
Julia Vaughn was dominant. She scored 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had four steals.
Ariyunna Washington followed with 13 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Other rebounding leaders were Celekeisha Brown with seven and Kennedy Faulkner and Ashanta Aldridge with five each.
The Lady Hawks were up 27-16 at the halfway point of the contest. They outscored the Lady Blue Devils 11-6 in the third and 23-8 in the fourth.
Holly High out-rebounded Water Valley 46 to 28.
The Lady Hawks then cruised past North Panola 54-20 Friday night on the home court.
They set the tone early, jumping out front 19-5 after the first eight minutes. It was 38-7 at the half.
Rebounding was again a big key.
They out-rebounded the Lady Cougars 41-22.
Washington had 12 points, four rebounds and six assists. Aldridge had 11 points, five rebounds and five steals. Brown led in rebounds with eight.
Hawks The Holly High boys also knocked off both district foes, starting with a 50-33 victory over Water Valley January 14. The Hawks started slowly, trailing 10-6 following the first quarter. They turned it up a notch in the second and led 24-16 at halftime, before upping the lead to double digits in the second half. Marquavious Jones led the way with 12 points and four steals, while Tyhem Reaves contributed 11 points. Pulling down the most rebounds were Derek Fountain and Anthony Gulledge Jr. with seven each.
The Hawks out-rebounded the Devils 35 to 23.
Holly High simply survived Friday at home, knocking off North Panola 54-51.
"It was a tough district game against a well-coached North Panola team," coach Kenzaki Jones said. "They tested us. I was proud to see us fight through adversity and come out with the win and maintain the top spot in the division."
The game was tied at 41 entering the fourth quarter.
Fountain was the top scorer with 14. Gullege was next with 12, and six of those came in the all-important fourth.
Fountain grabbed 11 rebounds and Dylan King and Gulledge six each. King scored nine. Cori Bell had six assists.
The Holly High boys improved to 16-5 overall and 6-0 in district play.
They hosted 6A opponent Horn Lake Tuesday. They visit rival Byhalia for district contests Friday.
Going into this week, both the Lady Hawks and Hawks were ranked in the top five in Class 3A by Mississippi Gridiron, a website covering high school sports in the state.