Indians dominate Devils, Wildcats
By CLAUDE VINSON
Byhalia’s Indians, the host team, won two games in the Region 3-3A tournament before falling to old time rival Holly Springs in the championship round.
The Indians made short shrift of the Blue Devils of Water Valley on their opening day.
From the very beginning, the Indians established a dominant game by pounding the ball inside to a capable Cordell Jefferson. The big man did not hesitate to take every opportunity to the basket.
The Blue Devils had a 3-2 defense which was tracking the ball and proving to be a hindrance at one point.
However, head coach Charles Gillespie called time and modified the Indians’ own attack. They set up the outside shots to draw the Blue Devils out, then they drove the lane.
Demarius Moore was doing most of the damage by speeding past the Devil defense and hitting the nylon. It helped the Indians to a 27-12 first quarter lead.
The Indians really turned up the heat in the second quarter. They were beating Water Valley to the rebounds at both ends of the court. It had turned into a rout before intermission, which had a score of 44-22 in favor of the Indians.
The rest of the way Jefferson was practically unstoppable. He kept sticking the ball back and cleaning up the boards. The final score was 95-34.
Jefferson’s 23 points led the floor. He was followed by Moore with 17. Cornelius Blackmon had 13, Levar Craine 10, and Trevez Marion eight.
The Indians waltzed past Independence 81-60 on the second night of their play and then met and lost to Holly High in the finals on Friday night.
The Indians were scheduled to host the Mooreville Troopers on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the first round of North State competition.
If successful, they would then go to Ripley for the remainder of the Class 3A North Half playoffs.
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