Thursday, December 6, 2007
Lady Lions, Indians win Bi-County titles
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions made it two championships in a row Saturday night in the Bi-County Tournament finals, while the Byhalia Indians claimed their first title in the four-year-old event.
The day’s games at Holly Springs High School opened with the consolation contests.Lady Cardinals and
Lady Rebels meet in
first consolation game
The first consolation game held on day three of the Bi-County tournament was between inter-county neighbors, the Lady Cardinals of Potts Camp and Lady Rebels of Hickory Flat
The first two quarters indicated that this was going to be a close contest throughout. The Lady Rebels were in charge by a very thin margin, 13-11 at the end of the first quarter.
They traded baskets all during the second frame. With a couple seconds left, Laken Cook connected on her third trey for the Lady Rebels. They trailed Potts Camp, who was led by Kenyotta Jenkins, 28-27 at the break.
Hickory Flat regained the lead after three completed frames at 40-36; however, Kortney Tucker left the game after reaching the limit on fouls. This left a huge void at the defensive post position.
Jenkins went to work and stuck back a bumper crop of rebounds to allow the Lady Cardinals to win by eight at 52-44.
Jenkins led Potts Camp with 24 points. Jasmine Harmon and Shanekqua Johnson had added eight and seven, respectively.
Cook paced the Lady Rebels with 18 points. She hit four treys over the course of the game. Next was Hannah Wilkerson with 12, and Beth Allen with eight.Cardinals outgun
Devils in boys consolation
The first quarter of the boys consolation game got off to a slow start but the Potts Camp Cardinals doubled their opponents at 16-8. The players with the biggest guns were the twin towers of Potts Camp, Josh Martin and Chris Sims. They used their height to dominate the boards at both ends.
The Ashland Blue Devils were still within a respectable range at intermission, down by four points at 22-18.
The Cardinals began to pad the lead in the third frame, going out at 44-36.
The Blue Devils tried for the last two period to overtake the Cardinals but to no avail. The outside shooting of Tyrone Hampton and the board work of Martin were just too much. Hampton dunked the last shot to add the exclamation and give the Cardinals the win at 65-50.
Hampton posted 23 points for Potts Camp. He had four triples among his total. Martin scored 13 and Sims 10.
Quenton Williams led the Devils with 14. Jamon Perdue Jeremy Williams had 23 each.Coach Thompson and
Lady Lions again capture
Bi-County top prize
On day three of the Bi-County tournament, the Lady Lions of H.W. Byers cemented their grip on the title for another season. Coach Jason Thompson’s H.W Byers team met the Lady Indians of Byhalia in the finals at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at Holly High gym.
Coach Summer Pannell and her Lady Indians were not strangers to this bracket. They won out in 2005 when the tournament was held at Northwest Community College.
This one started out pretty even during the first stanza with Lady Indians enjoying a three- point lead when the quarter ended (14-11).
The second quarter was an entirely different matter. For the next two frames the Lady Lions would become a runaway locomotive. The speed displayed by Rachel Jones was matched by the accuracy of Ciara Seldon from practically anywhere on the court. There was little that the Lady Indians could do to counter act. The toll at the end of three was 62-35.
It did get any better, even with Coach Thompson’s bench clearing substitutions. The Lady Lions cruised to the successful defense of their title by a score of 77-50.
Seldon hit for 22 to lead the victors. Rachel Jones had 21 and Symone Ryan had 11. Symone Gorman contributed eight.
The Lady Indians were led by Chasidy Kizer’s 14, and Devora Tuggles tossed in 13.
Byhalia And Hickory Flat vie for title in Bi-County Tourney
The boys finals was appropriately ordained with a contest between representatives from each county - Byhalia and Hickory Flat. Neither of the teams had won this tourney in preceding years.
The two felt each other out during the first quarter, making for a low score of 6-6. Neither team was having a crowning night finding the bottom of the basket. However, both teams were exhibiting aggressive defenses.
The intermission score was 27-17, depicting a 10-point lead for Byhalia.
The Rebels went to a 3-2 defense in the third with a broad front. This slowed the Indians attack, but made for a much more physical game. Bodies were slamming against the hardwood. Both teams were showing toughness.
The Rebels were just seven points behind at the end of the third quarter. Try as they may, they could not wipe away the deficit. The Indians went on to grab their first tournament title this season and give their new head coach, Michael Neal, his first gold ball. Final score was 54-44.
The Indians spread the scoring around. Leading the way were Kenyatta Jones with 16, Cornelious Blackmon with 15, Marquise Green with 13 and Marcus Thomas with nine.
Caleb Van Tassell hit 18 for Hickory Flat. Tyler Reed followed with 13.
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