The Daleville Warhawks and Lady Hawks both hosted Cottonwood on Friday, Jan. 24, in Class 2A, Area 3 action and both walked away with disappointing, close losses.
The Lady Hawks took an 18-16 lead into halftime but with 44 seconds remaining Cottonwood held on to a 39-37 lead.
The Lady Hawks (7-9, 2-4) missed a layup that would have tied the game with 23 seconds left and Cottonwood was able to sink three throws to hold on to a 42-37 win.
Janee Clements led Daleville with 14 points in the loss, while Erika Herring added 12 points.
The Warhawks also suffered similar misfortune. After taking a 24-14 lead in the first half, Cottonwood was able to fight back and cut the lead to 28-24 at halftime.
The two sides continued to slug it out in the second half and Cottonwood knotted the score 42-42 with just over four minutes remaining.
Cottonwood began to take control and knocked down a shot with 1:52 remaining to take a 47-44 lead.
Daleville wasn’t ready to pack it in, however, and cut the lead to 51-50 with 13.8 seconds remaining. The Warhawks got the ball with just over seven seconds remaining but a turnover meant Cottonwood held on to the 51-50 win.
Daleville was led by sophomore Tomar Hobdy’s 16 points and five rebounds, while senior Melvin Mathews added a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The Warhawks rebounded on Jan. 27 with a 71-63 win over Wicksburg at home.
Hobdy had a big night for Daleville, scoring 29 points and grabbing five rebounds with four steals. Mathews chipped in with yet another double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Peanut Bloodsaw scored 10 points, as well.