By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalias Brandy Fayne sank a free throw with 1.2 seconds left on Tuesday night of last week as the Lady Indians turned back Marshall County rival Potts Camp 67-66.
She had 13 points for the game, but that was her only point of the second half.
It was a whale of a ball game, said Kevin Harris, head coach of the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals. Byhalia cashed in when they had to. Give Fayne credit. She stepped to the free throw line under pressure, missed the first and hit the second for the win.
Potts Camp was at the free throw line, trailing by three with 7.5 seconds to go. Barneka Lewis hit the first, missed the second, and Latrece Walker grabbed the rebound and scored to tie the contest.
Then the Lady Cardinals made a mental error, according to Harris, and fouled Fayne. It was also the teams 10th foul of the second half, which meant two free throws for the opposition.
Byhalia built a 30-18 halftime advantage.
Leading coach Summer Pannells Lady Indians to their 20th win of the season against just six defeats were Ashley Wilson with 16 points and Queanisha Cathey with 14. Wilson also led the team in rebounds with seven. Lashaunda Odum and Roszetta Blackmon had seven boards each. Cathey added six steals.
For Potts Camp, Walker had a game-high 26. Kenyotta Jenkins scored 18, and Lovetta Martin had 12.
It was a nip-and-tuck game in the end, Harris said. We kept battling.
His team fell to 14-11 overall.
The boys battle between Byhalia and Potts Camp was hotly contested in the first half before the Indians pulled away for the 88-64 victory.
Byhalia was up 37-34 at intermission. The Indians outscored the Cardinals 21-9 in the third period and 30-21 in the fourth.
Cordell Jefferson was the top gun for coach Charles Gillespies Indians. He scored 30. Adarryl Richmond was close behind with 24.
Leading scorer for coach Chris Ferrells Cardinals was Cobye Davis with 24. Luther Jones had 15 and Justin Smith 11.
The Byhalia boys improved to 18-5. The Potts Camp boys dropped to 12-13.
Byhalia teams hosted Water Valley Friday night.
The Lady Indians earned the top seed in the upcoming Region 3-3A Tournament with a nip-and-tuck 50-49 victory over Water Valley. Byhalia is 6-0 in division play, 21-6 overall.
Eight Lady Indians scored. Odum had 12, all in the second hal. Fayne added 10. Wilson led the board work with seven rebounds.
We had balanced scoring, and that is key, Coach Pannell said. When you have one or two superstars, it is easy to be stopped, but when you have six or seven people who can score, it makes things tougher for the other team.
Byhalia was up 13-9 after one quarter, 28-20 at the half and 37-35 following three periods.
Defense is still the key to our success, Pannell said. Pressure defense causes good teams not to be so good, and our front three can bring the defense.
Boys results versus Water Valley were not available.
In earlier games, the Lady Indians beat North Panola 59-32 and Independence 51-42.
Against North Panola, Odum and Fayne scored 11 each. Chasidy Kizer had nine. Ten Lady Indians scored in the game.
Against Independence, Wilson led the attack with 13, 11 of those in the second half. She also had nine rebounds. Cathey turned in a solid showing with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Fayne scored nine points.
Byhalia teams hosted Fayette-Ware Tuesday, and they close the regular season Saturday at Collierville.
Next week, Byhalia High School hosts the Region 3-3A Tournament.
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