Thursday, January 6, 2005

Indians down one Tennessee foe
• Byhalia invades rival Holly Springs this Friday night

Sports Editor

The Byhalia Indians stepped back into uniform midway through the holiday break to display their talents in a pool filled with all Tennessee teams.

The tournament, billed as the Fayette-Ware Christmas Classic, included teams from Cordova, Hillcrest, and the well-known Haywood.

The Classic, which ran for two days (December 29-30), had the Indians meeting Haywood on opening day. Byhalia did not match up well with Haywood and dropped that contest 74-67.

They had the early game on December 30 and took on the Vikings of Hillcrest.

The pace was slow and scoring remained in the single digits until 1:50 left in the first quarter. Byhalia moved its output to double digits and led 11-9.

The starting five for the Vikings did not survive the first frame. Hillcrest’s coach sent in four fresh players and they were responsible for extending the score to 14-13 at the whistle.

It was still tit for tat during the entire second quarter. Shot selection for both teams was good; however, they just didn’t fall. The tempo of the game stayed about the same and the score of 24-23 reflected that when the horn sounded for intermission.

When the Indians took the floor to begin the third, Adarryl Richmond made a difference, netting three quick baskets from close in to give the Indians a leg up which they retained through the rest of the game. They went to their biggest lead at 32-23. The Vikings made a push and quickened the pace near the end of the third and trailed by five (40-35) when it ended.

Hillcrest became a threat when Andrew Johnson hit a series of treys which kept them in Byhalia’s back door. Demarius Moore came to the Indians’ aid with some creative breaking. The rest of the team sustained the push and took a 13-point lead in the fourth. They went on to win 60-48.

Kendall Mayse led the Indians in their victory with 14. Antonio Isom shot for 11 and Cordell Jefferson put in 10.

Johnson led the Vikings with 17, with a trio of treys among the tally. Stedman Smith also made double figures with 10.

The Indians and Lady Indians, who competed in the Collierville Tournament during the holiday break, will be in Holly Springs on Friday to renew their rivalry with the Hawks. Next Tuesday, Jan. 11, they visit Potts Camp.

After the big district game against the Hawks, the Indians play district foes Kossuth, Ripley and Alcorn Central on January 14, 18 and 25, respectively.

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