Thursday, December 14, 2006
Byhalia boys knock off district foe Senatobia
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Lady Indians’ good basketball program took another negative hit Tuesday night of last week at the court of their 3A rivals, the Senatobia Lady Warriors.
The Lady Indians were coming off a loss to the Lady Lions of H.W. Byers in the championship game of the Bi-County Tournament at Hickory Flat.
The Lady Warriors are also off to a good start, sporting a 7-0 season record when they met the Lady Indians.
Coach Summer Pannell’s Byhalia team hit the hardwood with plenty of speed but the accuracy didn’t match. In a matchup which was the region opener for both teams, the Lady Warriors were one better at the first break at 9-8.
Senatobia picked up a couple of treys the old-fashioned way. Tierra Jackson, a freshman guard with plenty of savvy, grabbed the majority of the defensive rebounds for the Lady Warriors.
The Lady Indians trailed by six at the intermission.
After the big break, Senatobia turned its rebounders and shot blockers loose. Sabrena Reed and Portia Tucker clogged up the lane and denied access to Byhalia. They blocked three consecutive shot attempts. They flung the rebounds to fleet guards who soon insured a double digit lead. They were out front 33-19 after the third frame.
Byhalia had its best quarter in the fourth, posting 14 points, but it was not enough. With Reed still rejecting the Lady Indians’ lane runners, the Lady Warriors went on to win 47-33.
Chasidy Kizer led the Lady Indians with 13.
Byhalia’s record dropped to strong 7-3 on the season.
Portia Tucker scored 14 for the winners, helped by Tywanna Webb with 13. The Lady Warriors ran their record to 8-0.
Indians best Warriors
The Byhalia Indians, working under interim coach Antonio Thomas, found some tough sledding in the first two quarters of their regional tilt.
They were being hurt constantly by miscues and turnovers, some of which proved to be crucial. This led to the Indians trailing 16-13 at the end of the opening frame.
The Indians were still beating the Warriors on the three on two and two on one breaks, but were losing the point production. They were able to keep a thread slender lead for the most of the second quarter, but let the Warriors pulled out front 33-29 at halftime.
The third quarter found the Indians committing the bulk of the turnovers, which allowed the Warriors to pass the Indians again. Senatobia turned up the heat with Derrick Newson keeping them out front. The Indians were still down and struggling at the end of three, 50-44.
The fourth quarter saw the Indians make a complete turnaround. The turnovers stopped. They became more patient and settled.
The different look was being orchastrated by Demarius Moore and Gregory Harris. They sped to a four-point lead with 49 seconds left.
The Warriors had no time to recover and their record dropped to 2-8 on the season. They were led by Darek Garrett with 18, Newson with 17 and Vincent Street with 11.
The Indians upped their record to 5-5 behind Moore with 15, Cornelius Blackmon with 13 and 10 from Harris.
Byhalia hosted North Panola Friday and Overton Tuesday. The Indians and Lady Indians host M.S. Palmer this Friday, Dec. 15. The first game starts at 6 p.m.
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