Walker, Holmes County hold off Hawthorne

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 05:14 PM.
Deandre Turner’s score off one of Holmes County’s 16 turnovers narrowed the gap to 49-42 with 55 seconds to play. Holmes County’s Clayton Keen missed a 3-pointer from the corner on the next possession. Jayquan Hamilton and Bryson Pittman, the latter making a first basket of the game, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 8-0 run and give the Hornets hope and 14 seconds away from a title game berth.
Jonathon Williams made both free throws for Holmes County after a foul three seconds later. Hawthorne was unable to release a shot and Holmes County survived.
The game limped out of the gates with Holmes County leading only 2-1 through four minutes on a Walker field goal. The pace quickened and the Blue Devils built an 11-4 first-quarter lead while Hawthorne was cold from the field. The Hornets shot 1 for 14 in the first quarter and 6 for 31 in the half, including a dismal 1-11 from 3-point range.
Holmes County moved out to its largest first-half lead, 19-9, on two Ty Russ’ free throws midway through the second quarter. Hawthorne rallied with a Dionte Mann layin and a Hamilton 3-pointer to pull within 19-14 a minute later.
Chris Newton’s basket with one second left gave Holmes County a 25-16 halftime lead. Hawthorne hurt itself with the poor shooting, but only had one turnover in the first 16 minutes. Walker surged toward his triple-double with 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in the first half.
Hawthorne moved to within three points twice in the third quarter and pulled to 32-30 on Edward Porter’s score with less than a minute to go. Walker spent the last two minutes of the third quarter on the bench after his third foul.
Miles added 12 points for Holmes County, including nine from the free-throw line. He was 4 for 6 from the line during the fourth-quarter stretch with Walker on the bench. Russ chipped in eight points and his layup with four minutes to play gave Holmes County a 44-33 edge.

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