Thursday, November 9, 2006
Byhalia girls stun Rosa Fort; boys lose
By BARRY BURLESON
Both Byhalia basketball teams played an extra period Friday night in Tunica.
The Class 3A Lady Indians snatched a huge 66-64 victory over Class 4A Rosa Fort.
“It’s the first time the Tunica girls have been beaten at home in two years,” said coach Summer Pannell. “I was very proud of our girls’ effort.”
The game was knotted at 54 at the end of regulation. The Lady Indians hit eight of 11 free-throw tries in overtime to escape with the victory. They were 14 of 20 or 70 percent for the game.
Chasidy Kizer sparked the offense with 25 points, 17 of those in the second half and overtime. Brandy Fayne followed with 15, while Roszetta Blackmon scored 11, and Lashonda Odum followed with 10.
Top rebounders were Blackmon and Kizer with nine each and Odum with eight. LaDonna Thomas had five steals.
The Lady Indians (3-0) trailed 31-25 at the halftime recess.
The Indians, coached by Charles Gillespie, weren’t as fortunate in overtime. The game was tied at 66 at the end of regulation and Rosa Fort outscored Byhalia 12-9 in the extra period for the 78-75 victory.
Four Indians hit for double digits – Cornelius Blackmon with 24, Dawan Malone with 18, Jermane Marion with 14 (including four threes) and Norrell Malone with 10.
Byhalia trailed 37-28 at the half and outscored Tunica 14-12 in the third quarter and 24-17 in the fourth to tie the contest.
It was the season opener for the Indians.
Byhalia teams were scheduled to visit Marshall County rival H.W. Byers on Tuesday of this week. They then host Benton County neighbor Ashland on Friday night. Next Tuesday, Nov 14, the Indians and Lady Indians go to Independence.
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