Lady Lions finish with 19-14 record
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions, after a four-hour bus ride, got off to a slow start at West Bolivar last week and never recovered.
Their season came to an end with the 62-33 setback in the opening round of Class 2A North State competition Monday, Feb. 20.
“We missed a ton of lay-ups in the first quarter that we normally make,” said head coach Jason Thompson, whose team ends the year with a 19-14 mark. “That happened, and we didn’t respond.
“Then I had to remind myself of the age of this team, playing in this North Half environment on the road.”
Byers has just two seniors – Amelia Cunningham and Ashley Stephens.
West Bolivar outscored the Lady Lions 15-7 in the second quarter and 18-5 in the third.
“For every good play we made, they made several,” Thompson said. “They executed and used their height to their advantage.”
Cunningham’s 10 points led Byers. Nine Lady Lions scored.
“This group gained some valuable experience,” he said. “I told them not to be discouraged; this is just a bump in the road.”
He said next year the hopes are for a North State game at home and a first-ever trip to the State Tournament for the Lady Lions.
“Our girls have never been to Jackson - maybe next year,” Thompson said. “I believe we will make more strides toward that goal.”
Twelve West Bolivar players scored in the win, led by Jessica Pleasant’s 18.
West Bolivar went on to qualify for the Class 2A State Tournament this week as the North’s number three seed.
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