Thursday, January 18, 2007
H.W. Byers teams go to 4-0 in district
By BARRY BURLESON
It was a matter of survival Friday night for the H.W. Byers Lady Lions.
Coach Jason Thompson’s team escaped New Site with a 52-49 win.
“They (New Site) played us hard for 32 minutes,” said Thompson, whose team improved to 4-0 in the district and 14-6 overall. “They have a scrappy team. We were happy to survive.”
The Lady Lions trailed by one, 26-25, at the half.
Thompson praised the contributions of his substitutes, particularly Lanika Hale, who hit two big threes to open the second half.
“My deep bench bailed us out,” he said.
Defensively Hale limited New Site point guard Bree Harris, who nailed five threes in the first half, to just four points (two free throws and one layup) in the second half.
“That helped us out big-time,” Thompson said.
Leading the Byers offensive attack in the three-point victory were Rachel Jones with 17 points and Simone Ryan with 10.
The H.W. Byers boys had a bit easier time as they knocked off New Site 71-58 and improved to 4-0 in the district and 11-8 overall.
Coach Sylvester Kilgore’s Lions erupted for a 19-10 lead after one quarter. They tucked the win away by outscoring New Site 19-13 in the third period.
“Defense has been the key for us,” Kilgore said. “Our defense has led to easy scores.
“We’re shooting better, too. We’ve been getting a great team effort.”
Three H.W. Byers players hit for double digits - Darrius Wells with 16, Tristan Kizer with 15 and Justin Owens with 15.
H.W. Byers vs. East Union
To say the Lady Lions and Lions had no trouble getting district wins at East Union on Tuesday of last week would be an understatement.
The Byers girls won by 35 and the boys by 31.
The Lady Lions outscored East Union in each quarter, the biggest being 28-15 in the fourth, as they rolled to the 82-47 win.
Leading a balanced offensive attack were S. Ryan with 21 points and Marian Parker with 13.
The Lions outscored East Union 31-14 in the second and third quarters and cruised to the 72-41 win.
Wells was the top gun with 18 points. Owens and Nicholas Tate followed with 14 and 11, respectively.
H.W. Byers teams step out of district this week and next. They visited Marshall County rival Byhalia on Tuesday. They host Sheffield Saturday night. Next Tuesday, Jan. 23, they host Calhoun City.
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