Thursday, January 19, 2006

Byers teams knock off district foes

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

H.W. Byers’ jump from Class 1A to Class 2A this season is working out just fine.

The Lions and Lady Lions continued to impress in their new district, Region 1-2A. They each knocked off East Union and New Site at home last week to improve to 4-1 in the district. The Lady Lions moved to 11-11 overall and the Lions 12-10.

Coach Jason Thompson’s Lady Lions saw his offense score more than 80 points in each of the victories.

The Byers girls led East Union 48-20 at the half and cruised to the easy 82-40 win on Tuesday of last week.

Three Lady Lions scored in double digits – Amelia Cunningham with 17, Ciara Seldon with 15 and Brittany Todd with 12.

It was much of the same Friday night versus New Site. The Byers girls rolled out of the starting gate for a 43-19 halftime advantage and coasted to the 81-45 win.

Cunningham was again the top gun. She scored 15. She was followed by Seldon with 14, Simone Ryan with 12 and Rachel Jones with 10.

And the Lions’ offense was equally as efficient. They, too, scored 80 in each of their victories.

Nick Tate and Bradley Coleman combined for 64 points as coach Gerone Kirkland’s team turned back East Union 81-67. Tate scored 34 and Coleman 30.

The Byers boys led 32-29 at the half and then outscored the opposition by five in the third quarater and by six in the fourth.

Tate was again the top point producer Friday night as the Lions routed New Site 80-57. He poured in 30 points. Coleman followed with 12.

Byers was up 17-7 after one quarter, 39-23 at the half and 60-41 following three quarters.

The Lions and Lady Lions host McAdams on Saturday night, Jan. 21, and then welcome 5A Olive Branch next Tuesday, Jan. 24.


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