Thursday, November 16, 2006
Lions sweep Indians
It doesn’t matter when the intracounty teams meet, you can expect a royal contest.
The game between the Lady Indians of Byhalia and the Lady Lions of H.W. Byers was no different when the two collided in the “Lions’ Den” Tuesday evening of last week.
The gym was already packed before the first ball went up.
The Lady Indians brought their 3-0 record to Byers along with one tournament win. From the tip it appeared that the Indians would hold sway. They clearly owned the first quarter, finishing it with a 22-13 lead.
The Lady Lions looked a bit sluggish but slowly shook off the doldrums to pick up the tempo. Both teams started to run the ball but the shots were not connecting for either team.
However, Lady Lion Rachel Jones began to take charge and cut the Byhalia lead to four to close out the first half at 33-29.
Early in the third quarter, Byers took the lead on a long ball by Letasha Anderson. The Lady Lions held the margin for the entire third quarter, making it 45-41 at the end.
But the high drama was just beginning.
Byhalia co-captain Brandy Fayne hit a long three and Myesha Jones tied it at 51-all. There was 2:20 left to play. The Lady Indians took the lead briefly again at 55-54 to the dismay of the highly partisan crowd.
But Jones was still the heroine. She stole a ball after the Lady Indians passed into heavy traffic. She was fouled. She tied the score again at 58-58 and then gave the Lady Lions the 60-58 victory after being sent to the charity stripe again.
Jones led all players with 21. She was followed by Anderson with 15.
Fayne led Byhalia with 13, and Chasidy Kizer added 10.
The Indians and Lions were more than ready for the nightcap.
The Lions had the early lead but Byhalia was also putting on the speed. There was a battle being waged at both ends of the floor under the hoops. But when the dust settled and the whistle blew for the first quarter’s end, Byers had the lead still at 19-15.
Byhalia’s Cornelius Blackmon took the lead for the Indians. But they didn’t celebrate long because John Seldon posted outside the arc and gave the Lions a three-point lead.
Byhalia came back with a trey of their own but Byers got a pair from Marvin Rayford and Justin Owens to move the lead to six. The Lions had a 39-35 margin at intermission.
The game see-sawed for the third quarter with Byers making off with a still slender lead of 52-50 at the beginning of the fourth.
The battle for dominance of the boards continued throughout the last frame with the Lions holding on to the vapor thin scoreboard lead, which fluctuated between two and three points.
Although the Indians tied it once more, the Lions went to the victor’s column with a 65-64 win.
Byers had three shooters in double figures – Owens with 19, Terdarian Bryson with 17 and Rayford with 16.
Blackmon and Jermane Marion led the Indians with 24 and 13, respectively.
Byers vs. Lewisburg
H.W. Byers earned another sweep Friday night, this one on the road.
The Lady Lions and Lions routed Lewisburg, a new DeSoto County School, and both improved to 3-0.
Ciara Seldon’s 19 points led the Byers girls to an 80-28 victory. Simone Ryan and Rachel Jones followed with 14 and 11, respectively.
Justin Owens’ spectacular, 48-point night ignited the Lions’ 112-57 win over Lewisburg. Others in double digits were Marvin Rayford with 22, Fredrick Jones with 19 and Terdarian Bryson with 10.
Byers was scheduled to play Mitchell High Monday in the Hall of Fame Classic and the Lions and Lady Lions hosted Rosa Fort Tuesday. They host Marshall County rival Potts Camp this Friday night and travel to Coldwater next Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Byhalia vs. Ashland
Byhalia dominated Ashland last Friday night, taking all three games (a junior varsity contest also).
The Indians (1-2) and Lady Indians (4-1) were scheduled to play Independence in away games Tuesday. They host Coldwater Thursday and then go to Memphis Central Monday night, Nov. 20.
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