Thursday, August 16, 2007
Lady Lions attend camps, thankful for support
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers girls basketball team did not take the summer off.
Coach Jason Thompson’s Lady Lions participated in team camps at Northwest Community College, Birmingham Southern and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The also visited Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., for the Blue Chip High Exposure Camp.
“We were able to get experience and exposure,” Thompson said about his team’s summer schedule. “It gave some of the younger players a chance to get experience when the games really didn’t count. Plus, our players had an opportunity to be seen (by college coaches).
“The girls are very excited about our upcoming season.”
Thompson thanked the businesses and individuals who supported the Lady Lions with contributions.
“A big thank you goes out to all of the people who helped us this summer,” he said. “Without you, this would not have been possible. We are very thankful and appreciative. We had great support from our community.”
Two Lady Lions, junior Rachel Jones and senior Simone Ryan, were selected for the all-star game at the High Exposure Camp and were picked in the top 20 players out of 364 girls. Junior Amanda Jones was selected in the top 40 players. All three started for their respective teams at camp.
“We definitely had some players raise the eyebrows of college coaches,” Thompson said.
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions finished 26-11 last season and made the state playoffs in Jackson for the first time in school history.
They knocked off Philadelphia in round one before falling in the state semi-finals to Coahoma County. They lost four seniors from that squad.
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