Thursday, January 25, 2007
County rivals split contests
By BARRY BURLESON
Wins in the latest version of the Byhalia-H.W. Byers rivalry went to the Lady Indians and the Lions.
The two Marshall County schools collided Tuesday of last week at Byhalia.
Roszetta Blackmon scored 16 points and teammate Chasidy Kizer had 16 as coach Summer Pannell’s Byhalia girls held off H.W. Byers 47-42.
“The biggest thing - we could never get in any rhythm,” said Jason Thompson, head coach of the Byers girls.
The Lady Indians led 18-12 at the half.
“We had a tough night from the field and we had open looks,” Thompson said. “Byhalia has a good team, and it was like we were in an uphill battle all night.”
It wasn’t the first close game between the two rivals this season. Byers had beaten Byhalia by eight and two points earlier.
“Holding them to 47, we should have won,” Thompson said. “Our offense was in a funk, and we’ve got to find our way out of that.”
Free throws played a key factor, too, he said. Byhalia hit seven of 28. Byers hit one of eight.
No Lady Lions scored in double figures. Ciara Seldon and Brittany Todd scored nine each. Simone Ryan and Latasha Anderson followed with eight each.
In the boys’ matchup, Justin Owens and Nicholas Tate combined for 45 points in a 72-68 victory for Byers. Owens scored 23, including three threes in the first quarter and one in the fourth. Tate scored 22, including four threes in the fourth.
Byers led 35-25 at the half.
Sylvester Kilgore, head coach of the Lions, said defense was the key to the win over coach Charles Gillespie’s Indians.
“Our defense stepped up again,” Kilgore said. “We were oversized. We played well. Byhalia had some runs but we were able to hang on.”
H.W. Byers versus Sheffield (Tenn.)
The Lady Lions got some sweet revenge Saturday night at home. They knocked off Sheffield, a team it lost to a month ago, 60-45.
“It was bittersweet - bitter on their end and sweet on ours,” Thompson said. “We were ecstatic about getting the win.”
Byers’ defense against Sheffield’s three big girls inside was crucial.
“We were able to give them enough defensive looks to keep them off balance,” he said. “Those are adjustments you have to make as a team and a coach. It worked like a charm.”
Two quarters were even. But Byers outscored the visitors 11-4 in the second and 18-10 in the fourth to secure the big win.
Seldon led the offense with 16 points, while Ryan and Amanda Jones contributed 10 each.
The Lady Lions improved to 15-7 on the season. They’re 8-1 at home.
The H.W. Byers boys were not as fortunate. They lost their second game of the season to Sheffield, this one by a 75-63 tally.
The Lions trailed 38-33 at the half.
Top point producers in the loss were Tate with 23, Frederick Jones with 14 and Marvin Rayford.
The Lions’ record dropped to 12-9 on the season.
Byers teams hosted Calhoun City Tuesday.
The girls only will play in the Chad Helm Kentucky Challenge this Saturday in Lexington. The Lady Lions will face Henry Clay, ranked in the top 10 in the State of Kentucky, at 2 p.m. “The Challenge” includes two girls games and three boys games and features top teams from five states – Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina and Ohio. Games will be played at Lexington Catholic High School.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Lions and Lady Lions invade Marshall County rival Potts Camp for important district contests.
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