Photo by DeMill DixonDeveon Miller is mobbed by fans and teammates, including Shontaveous Harris (55) and Cori Bell, after his game-winning free throws.
Miller’s heroics lift Hawks to win
On Senior Night at the Holly Springs High School gym, a senior was the hero.
Deveon Miller hit a clutch field goal to send the contest to overtime and then nailed three free throws at the end of the extra period to win it, 84-83, and set off a celebration.
“It was a Senior Night that he will never forget,” coach Sylvester Kilgore said.
Miller had a monstrous night in the Region 2-3A contest versus Independence – 26 points and 25 rebounds.
“He muscled in the field goal from the left block as time expired to tie the game (in the fourth),” Kilgore said.
Then with his team trailing by two in overtime, he launched a three-point shot in the final seconds. He was fouled and calmly went to the line and sank three charity shots.
“It was an epic victory in front of a standing-room-only crowd,” Kilgore said.
Coach Kilgore said Miller was well supported by teammates Tyhem Reaves, Cori Bell, Ded’rick Faulkner and Dylan King.
Reaves poured in 18 points, Bell 17, Faulkner 12 and King eight.
It was Reaves’ first game back after an injury. Bell fouled out in the fourth quarter. Faulkner sat the whole third period with four fouls. King suffered an eye injury but was able to return late in the game.
And Derek Fountain did not play due to strep throat and the flu.
“Credit Coach Orman and his scrappy bunch of Independence Wildcats,” Kilgore said. “They were making shots and putting pressure on our defense all night.”
Independence hit 14 twopoint field goals and an amazing 16 threes. Holly High hit 24 two-point field goals and only five threes.
The Hawks out-rebounded the Wildcats 49 to 31.
“Thanks to Hawks nation for a sellout game and an electric home atmosphere,” Kilgore said. “It was great.”
In the opening game of the evening, the Lady Hawks were not as fortunate. They dropped a 57-25 decision to the Lady Wildcats.
It was a tough shooting night for the Holly High girls. They shot just 16.7 percent from the field (nine of 54), including two of 19 from threepoint range.
Leading scorer Arriyunna Washington was held to just four points.
Arkajah Sims had six for the Lady Hawks and Tangela Mosley and Ashanta Aldridge five each.
Holly High-M.S. Palmer
Both Holly High teams earned district victories Friday night in Marks.
Four Hawks scored in double figures as they edged the M.S. Palmer Dragons 70-67.
Top guns were Bell with 18, Miller and Reaves with 17 each and Fountain with 15.
“The team pulled out an important district win moving toward our goal of being the number one seed going into the tournament,” Kilgore said. “The team overcame a tough, physical, back-and-forth game by coming together to execute on both ends of the floor.”
The Hawks led 34-29 at halftime and maintained that fivepoint lead going to the fourth. They nailed some huge free throws down the stretch to seal it.
The Holly High girls also displayed a balanced attack versus M.S. Palmer, a 49-38 victory.
Leading the way were Washington with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Sims with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals, and Aldridge with 11 points and five rebounds.
Celekeisha Brown grabbed seven rebounds.
The Lady Hawks out-rebounded the Lady Dragons 37 to 36.
The Hawks (8-1 in district and 16-9 overall) and Lady Hawks (5-4 and 9-14) concluded the regular season Tuesday of this week by visiting Water Valley. The Region 2-3A Tournament will be played next week at Water Valley.