Thursday, January 11, 2007
Byers drops road games
By BARRY BURLESON
The road proved rough for H.W. Byers basketball teams, including overtime losses Saturday at Memphis Mitchell.
“Playing bigger and better schools will make us better and hopefully pay off come tournament time,” said Jason Thompson, head coach of the Lady Lions.
H.W. Byers lost two at Coldwater Friday. Also last week they easily swept new DeSoto County School Lewisburg at home, and on December 29 the Lady Lions lost to Oxford, a highly-ranked 4A school.
Byers versus Mitchell
The Lady Lions had their chances but dropped a 48-46 game in OT at Mitchell.
Byers held one of Tennessee’s top players, Andrea Holmes, to 24 points, well below her 35 average.
“She is highly recruited,” Thompson said. “We held her to nine points in the first three quarters and she scored 15 in the fourth and overtime.
“We played excellent defense and gave ourselves a chance, but we missed free throw after free throw and it cost us.
“It was a highly competitive game on another team’s court.”
Brittany Todd’s 10-point performance led the Lady Lions, whose season record dropped to 12-6.
The boys’ matchup also went to OT with the Lions losing a 74-69 heartbreaker.
Three Byers players hit for double digits – Justin Owens with 20, Nicholas Tate with 19 and Marvin Rayford with 17.
Coach Sylvester Kilgore’s Lions, whose season mark fell to 9-8, were outscored 11-6 in the extra period.
Byers vs. Coldwater
The Lady Lions, with the game tied, were whistled for a foul at the final buzzer. Coldwater’s Lanetia Futrell hit one with no time on the clock to give her team a 54-53 win.
“I hate a highly competitive game came down to that instead of going to overtime,” Thompson said.
“The game was back and forth, slugfest style. It was a good experience for my kids.”
For Byers, Rachel Jones tossed in 11 points and Latasha Anderson and Simone Ryan added 10 each.
The H.W. Byers boys lost 66-54 Friday night at Coldwater.
The game was tied at 26 at the half. Coldwater outscored the Lions 27-18 in the fourth quarter.
Tate poured in 20 points for Byers. Darrius Wells added 10.
Byers vs. Lewisburg
The Lady Lions coasted to the 64-point win, 88-24, over Lewisburg Tuesday of last week.
It was 41-12 at the half.
Four Byers players scored in double figures – Ciara Seldon with 22, Lanika Hale with 17, Amanda Jones with 10 and Rachel Jones with 10.
The Lions had an easy time of it, too. They routed Lewisburg 89-45.
It was 43-21 at the half.
Top point producers for Byers were Terrance McGaugagy with 20, Fredrick Jones with 14, Owens with 10 and Rayford with 10.
Lady Lions vs. Oxford
Poor shooting hampered the Lady Lions in their 62-50 loss to a talented Oxford crew. The game was played at Pontotoc.
“We couldn’t make a shot,” Thompson said. “We shot like we’d never seen the goals.”
The Lady Lions missed 57 shots. They were 19 of 76 from the field.
From the free line, Byers was seven of 16. Oxford was 27 of 36.
“Oxford is a very good team,” he said. “It was a great game for us to play – an eye-opening experience.”
The Lady Lions fought hard in the fourth – outscoring the Lady Chargers 26-19. They cut it to eight but then missed some shots again, Thompson said.
Anderson was the top scorer for Byers. She scored 16, all in the second half. Rachel Jones scored 12 and Ciara Seldon 11.
Byers teams visited East Union Tuesday. They will go to New Site Friday night. Next Tuesday, Jan. 16, Byers visits Byhalia.
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