Published: Dec 21, 2011 09:40 AM
Modified: Dec 21, 2011 10:35 AM
HOLLY SPRINGS - The tag-team duo of Anthanee Doyle and Brock Hall was just too much for Fuquay-Varina on Tuesday night.
The combo poured in 38 points to lead Holly Springs past the visiting Bengals 68-61.
The win made it two in a row for a Golden Hawks team that, before this past Friday, had lost four straight. Plus, one of the victories was over Tri-Nine frontrunner Apex.
Weve finally gotten healthy, Holly Springs coach Thurman Jordan said. Weve got most of our guys back in the lineup. Were still trying to find balance between offense and defense, but were getting better.
The first half was a dual between Doyle and Fuquays Even McNeill. The two seemed to trade buckets for the majority of the first two quarters, while their teammates spent most of their time trying to figure out to feed them the ball.
McNeill kept the Bengals in the game with 10 in the first half, while Doyle took over for the Hawks, pouring in 12.
Holly Springs led 26-20 at the break.
Our guys know to look for Anthanee, Jordan said. We set up our offense for him to get the ball. We want him to be aggressive.
The second half was Halls turn.
After scoring just three points in the first half, the outside sharpshooter found his stroke. In one stretch in third quarter, he scored eight points on three straight possessions as Holly Springs began to pull away.
The Hawks led 50-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
Anthanee usually gets going early, Hall said. And that opens things up for me later. I tried to be patient in the first half and let the game come to me. In the second half, I had my opportunities.
McNeill, who finished with a game-high 22, led a valiant charge late in the fourth quarter with some help from Michael Verian and the outside shooting of Ricky Ferguson, but Hall was clutch at the line to preserve the win.
Hall and Doyle finished with 19 points apiece to lead Holly Springs.
Headed into the Christmas break and a holiday tournament, Hall is hoping these two conference wins might be a springboard to something great.
Were trying to build momentum, he said. Weve got a tournament coming up that we hope to do well in, and then well see what happens. Weve still got a lot to work on, but were getting there.