HOLLY SPRINGS — The Holly Springs girls basketball team wants to play at a fast pace. Panther Creek does not.
By winning the battle of differing tempos, the Golden Hawks came away with a 57-47 Southwest Wake Athletic Conference victory on Friday night.
It puts the Hawks (11-3, 4-2) in a four-way tie for second place of the SWAC, just a game ahead of the Catamounts (10-6, 3-3). The league will hit the halfway point in the season on Wednesday.
“They are, across the board, the quickest team we’ve seen all year,” said Panther Creek coach Danielle Moore.
The Catamounts won the battle on the boards and settled into their offense nicely in the final half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 34-21 halftime deficit.
“We’re not really a half-court team,” said Holly Springs sophomore point guard Brianna Tate. “When we push the ball, that’s when we get more points on the board.”
Vielka Barber scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half, while Tate, a sophomore, had 15 points and six assists.
“We swung the ball quick enough so that they couldn’t shift as fast as the ball, and we had more open shots,” Barber said.
Holly Springs senior Hadiya Howard had an all-around game of eight points, nine rebounds and four steals.
Panther Creek’s Marissa Sims had 21 points (seven rebounds), but no one else had more than five, and the Catamounts played 11 players.
“Nobody else was able to find that groove,” Moore said. “Typically, we’re a balanced scoring team.”
Panther Creek’s Caila Sprull had 12 rebounds to go along with four points. Kate Ulveling did not score but had five assists.
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