No. 14 Huskies too quick to allow upset by Holliday

Hirschi's 21-3 third-quarter spree breaks open tight contest

Andy Newberry

For nearly a quarter, Holliday got the best of Hirschi on Monday night, but the Huskies were too quick and too deep to allow an upset special.

The nondistrict matchup featured two of the area's best teams as the Class 3A No. 14 Huskies (11-7) and Class 2A No. 7 Eagles (18-3) wanted one last test before district play arrived.

LaKarl Williams' 3 at the first-quarter buzzer gave the Huskies their first lead of the night at 17-15. Hirschi broke it open with a 21-3 third-quarter advantage and claimed a 67-49 victory.

Marcus Foster, playing in front of his future college coach Bruce Weber, of Kansas State, scored a game-high 19 points for Hirschi. The star guard averages 27 per game, but couldn't find his 3-point shot (0 of 6).

Torrance Cooper (13 points) and Mack Sillemon (11) each converted three 3-pointers on the night. The Huskies were 8 of 24 behind the arc.

Three quick 3-pointers, two by Sillemon, and seven third-quarter turnovers by Holliday finally gave the Huskies a big lead after it was a 34-26 game at the half.

Spearheading the defensive effort was Terrence Cooper, who had six steals and four assists, both team highs, on the night.

Da'Shan Harley had a game-high 10 rebounds, including eight in the first half, to go with eight points off the Hirschi bench.

Harley, a 6-6 sophomore, had a few chances to go against Holliday's Justin Jones, a 6-7 senior, in the second half. Jones had a couple of good power moves but Harley more than held his own and found open space in front of the rim for putbacks when Jones had to leave and try for a block.

Hirschi coach Donald Hedge believes Harley relishes taking the challenge of facing another quality big player.

Cameron Englishbee led Holliday with 11 points and Jones, who was plagued by first-half foul trouble, had 10 points and three blocks.

The Eagles hustled from the start, taking a 9-2 lead in the early going. But Hirschi, playing its third game in four days, had enough energy in reserve.

"They've got a really good team and I'm glad they played us," Hedge said. "I hope it helped them. They played us tough. And I thought we played pretty well for the most part."

"We got more in this game than you could simulate or do in 10 practices," Holliday coach Kyle Tucker said. "Sometimes we executed our stuff against high-pressure defense and that's something you can't simulate in practice. A lot of the times we did a good job of that. Our kids were excited to come compete. Going into district, this was good for us.

"You have to do all the little things, blocking out not just being in the right spot; keeping the ball close to you on the dribble; or closing out with your hand up; if you don't do those things right they'll expose you in a hurry."

The Huskies are 6-1 since Christmas, including three wins in four days. They'll have seven days off now until opening District 5-3A at Vernon on Jan. 15. They have the bye on Friday when the other four teams, including No. 7-ranked Burkburnett, will open.

Hedge feels his players are playing together well and ball movement was there with 14 assists, even if a few got away when the initial shot was missed.

"Our bench play is huge," Hedge said. "The guys coming off the bench really give us a lot."

The bench contributed 28 points. And the starters put the game away with a 14-2 run to start the third quarter.

MONDAY'S LINESCORES

Hirschi 67, Holliday 49

HOLLIDAY (18-3) — Englishbee 11, Jones 4, Parker 7, Cade 7, Boyd 6, Cole 4, Cummings 4. Totals 18-45 10-14 49.

HIRSCHI (11-7) — Foster 19, Torrance Cooper 13, Sillemon 11, Harley 8, Terrence Cooper 7, Barnes 4, Williams 3, Shumpert 2. Totals 26-63 7-7 67.

Holliday 15 11 3 20 — 49

Hirschi 17 17 21 12 — 67

3-Point Goals — Holliday 3-15 (Boyd 2, Parker 1); Hirschi 8-24 (Torrance Cooper 3, Sillemon 3, Terrence Cooper 1, Williams 1)

REBOUNDS — Holliday 30 (4 tied with 4); Hirschi 36 (Harley 10)

ASSISTS — Holliday 10 (Cade 4); Hirschi 14 (Te. Cooper 4, Williams 3)

Decatur 61, Iowa Park 40

Decatur — Paul Walker 3, Billmire 3, Phillip Walker 5, Mize 5, Carlton 2, Slate 23, Givens 8, Mitchell 4, Lowe 8.

Iowa Park (14-10) — Biddy 3, Miller 9, Jackson 9, Rhoades 7, Trace Cross 12.

Decatur 10 13 20 18 — 61

Iowa Park 8 11 8 13 — 40

3-Point Goals — (D) 3 (Pa. Walker 1, Ph. Walker, Mize 1); (IP) 3 (Biddy 1, Miller 1, Jackson 1).

free throws — (D) 8-10; (IP) 11-20.

JV — Decatur 51, Iowa Park 37

Freshman — Iowa Park 39, Decatur 32

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