Thursday, December 21, 2006
Byers sweeps Ashland
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Lions continued to roll toward their destiny with a resounding thumping of the Lady Devils of Ashland Tuesday night, Dec. 12, in the Lions’ Den.
Coach Jason Thompson got some stellar performances from Latasha Anderson, Rachel Jones, Marian Parker and Simone Ryan.
The Lady Devils came out shooting the long balls. They weren’t connecting, but Sandricka Bowen got them started with a pair of deuces. Byers was doing a good job of stopping the ball and turning it around. This gave the Lady Lions a 14-4 lead at the end of the first frame.
In the second, Bowen was still providing most of the offense for Ashland. She accounted for 19 of her team’s 24 points in the first half. The Lady Devils trailed 34-24.
In the third quarter the teams were trading baskets with Byers trying to maintain a 10-point lead. The Lady Devils kept inching closer until they were within five.
But that was when Byers really started to pour it on. The Lady Lions kept up the pace in the third, amassing an 18-point lead which was pushed to 54-33 at the end of three.
The Lady Devils were helpless against the speed of the Lady Lions in the fourth. Their nine points didn’t come close to the 18 turned in by Byers to make a final of 72-42.
Anderson led the Lady Lions with 19. Parker and Ryan had 12 each. Ciara Seldon contributed 10. Jones rounded out the scoring with nine.
Bowen was the only shooter in double figures for Ashland with 21.
Lions finish sweep
The Lions finished off the sweep of their inter-county rival with an 85-65 drubbing of the Blue Devils.
The Lions were coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of Sheffield of Memphis. However, their play was not lackluster, if it was anything it was a statement.
They were relaxed and in control. Tristan Kizer and Tedarian Bryson started to put up big numbers early. With the half drawing to a close, Fredrick Jones broke away, outdistancing everyone and brought the Byers faithful to their feet with a terrific slam. The score was 41-28 at intermission.
Although outgunned, the Blue Devils didn’t lose their dedication to the game. They played just as hard. But this night belonged to the Lions.
They continued to make the big plays. Marvin Rayford stopped the action completely with a monster slam. It took the officials five minutes to get play resumed. It was a cake walk after that.
Nicholas Tate led the Lions with 24. Rayford and Jones had 14 each, and Kizer and Bryson had 10 apiece.
Calvin Hampton struck for 22 for Ashland. Darnell Anderson hit for 14, Quent Williams 12 and Quint Hampton 10.
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