High School Sports

Experienced Holly Springs team makes first appearance in Holiday Invitational

Posted December 21, 2012
Updated December 22, 2012

For the first time in school history, Holly Springs High School’s boys basketball team will play in the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational this season. But even though the Golden Hawks haven’t played in the event before, they know it’s a big deal.

“It’s a huge honor for a program, it’s a big stage and we’re honored to be invited,” said head coach Thurman Jordan.

The Golden Hawks return a wealth of talent and experience this season, and many believe they are a favorite to win the Tri-Nine Conference with five players 6-foot-2 or better.

Senior forward Deojunique Flippin stands at 6-foot-6 and is capable of playing the perimeter or close to the basket. He has offers from Jacksonville, Mount Olive and Wingate.

Guard Anthanee Doyle, also a senior, is a college prospect too. Doyle stands at 6-foot-2 and has an offer from Jacksonville.

“Playing in the Holiday Invitational is a chance for us to play in front of a lot of people against some other really good players and teams,” said Flippin.

Holly Springs completed the season with a 13-13 record last year, losing in the first round of the 4-A state playoffs to Hoke County, 72-63. Hoke County went on to play for the Eastern Regional Championship though.

“We had some games last year that we felt like we could have won. Hopefully that experience helps us win some of those games this year,” said Flippin.

Another senior, Donyell Lowe, adds versatility and size to the Holly Springs team this season. Lowe is a forward standing at 6-foot-5, and like Flippin, he can score at the basket or from the perimeter.

While this is the first time Holly Springs has played in the boys tournament at the Holiday Invitatoinal, the Golden Hawks’ girls basketball team played in the tournament for the first time last season and return again this season.

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