Thursday, January 27, 2005

Byers enjoys winning week vs. Myrtle, Blue Mountain
By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

H.W. Byers basketball teams got out the broom for their district contests last week against Myrtle and Blue Mountain.

The Lady Lions and Lions made it a clean sweep, both improving to 3-1 in Division 2-1A play.

The H.W. Byers girls, coached by Jason Thompson, put the pressure on Myrtle early Tuesday, Jan. 18, at home. They led 13-4 after the first quarter and had command throughout. They won 57-44.

Amelia Cunningham gunned in a game-high 18 points for the Lady Lions, while teammate Simone Ryan added 13.

The third quarter proved big for the H.W. Byers boys, led by coach Gerone Kirkland. They outscored Myrtle 20-7 in that period to pull away for the 22-point victory, 82-60.

It was a balanced offensive attack for the Lions. Johnny Shaw led the way with 18 points. Other top point men were Nicholas Tate with 12, Marcus Gorman with 11 and Bradley Coleman with 10.

The H.W. Byers teams hit the road Friday night and had no trouble picking up wins at Blue Mountain.

The Lady Lions opened the night’s play on the court with a 53-35 shellacking of Blue Mountain.

Byers outscored the home team 23-11 in the second and third quarters.

Jessica Moore was the biggest point producer for the Lady Lions. She scored 20. Simone Ryan followed with 13.

The Lady Lions improved to 5-18 overall.

The Lions’ offense was clicking on all cylinders at Blue Mountain as they rolled to an easy 84-43 win.

Shaw and Tate were again the top guns with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Brandon Young added 13, and Desmond Walker scored 10.

Byers stormed to a 25-10 lead after one quarter and was on top 47-20 at the halftime break.

The Lions upped their season record to 12-10.

The Lady Lions and Lions were scheduled to host DeSoto Central in division games on Tuesday of this week. They then wrap up division play with a visit to West Union Friday, Feb. 4.

The H.W. Byers squads will close the regular season with two home games, February 8 vs. Holly High and February 11 vs. Byhalia.


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