Thursday, January 12, 2006

Defense dominates for Byhalia

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Byhalia Lady Indians closed out 2005 with a celebration.

Coach Summer Pannell’s team captured the championship trophy in the Collierville Dragonfire Invitational December 26-29.

“Defense was the key,” Pannell said. “Our team played good clutch heads up basketball and good solid defense. I asked them to play man to man for two whole games, something we haven’t played much this season, and they rose to the challenge.

“This tournament championship was a good boost going into division play. I was extremely proud of the effort of the whole team.”

In their first game of the tournament, the Lady Indians defeated Battle Ground 59-35.

Brandy Fayne gunned in 16 points in the victory. Ashley Wilson and Lashonda Odum added eight points each.

The Byhalia girls then knocked off the host school Collierville by a 56-50 final.

Fayne and Wilson led the offensive attack with 13 points each. Ladonna Thomas scored eight.

The Lady Indians continued their successful holiday break run by knocking off Central 50-45 and reaching the championship contest.

Queanisha Cathey was the top gun with 14 points. Fayne and Wilson followed with 11 and eight, respectively.

The biggest of the four wins came in the finals when Byhalia stunned previously undefeated Bartlett, which entered 16-0. The Lady Indians won a thriller, 41-39 in overtime.

Odom hit the game-winning basket with .7 seconds left in the extra period.

Fayne and Wilson were the leading scorers with 18 and nine points, respectively.

Fayne was selected the tournament’s most valuable player. She averaged 15 points, eight assists and six steals per game.

Also named to the All-Tournament Team were Odom, Thomas and Wilson.

The Lady Indians hosted Holly High this past Friday and Potts Camp on Tuesday of this week. They go to Senatobia Friday, Jan. 13, and then visited Fayette-Ware, Tenn., on Monday, Jan. 16.


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