Thursday, December 6, 2007
Bi-County day two
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Lady Hawks and H.W. Byers Lady Lions opened day two of the Bi-County Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Lions were coming into this tourney with a clean slate thus far and the title of defending champs from the last Bi-County Tournament. Their hosts were coming off of a first round win over the Lady Rebels of Hickory Flat. The Lady Lions had received a “bye” on Thursday.
Byers fell behind early in the first and trailed 18-14 after one quarter.
Head coach Jason Thompson was constantly exhorting the Lady Lions to pick up the pace. They were still down 29-25 at intermission.
It was a total defensive struggle in the third but Holly High remained on top at 37-35.
Things got a bit hairy in the last minutes. The rallying Lady Lions were behind by two at 1:07 left when Rachel Jones went to the charity stripe and tied it at 47 all. Holly High was fouled on the in-bound pass which sent Ebony Taylor to the line. She canned one but missed the second. A couple of more free throws by Jones and the Lady Lions had remained undefeated and moved on to the championship round on Saturday with a final tally of 51-48.
Simone Ryan led the champs with 20, and next was Jones with 14.
Katia Isom led Holly High with 15. Taylor hit 11, JaShanta Walker nine, Tamekico Johnson eight.
Hickory Flat and
Byers meet in round two
The Lions, out to defend their title in 2006, were pitted against Hickory Flat.
In the second game on Friday. The Rebels were coming off of a victory over Ashland in round one. They took a hasty lead in the low scoring first quarter, registering an 11-5 mark.
The Lions got their offense revved up and tied the Lions at the half at 23-23. Tederian Bryson was being successful at the line and DeAndre Gorman and Jessie Wilson were getting it done from outside.
The third quarter didn’t have a lot of shots dropping until the last couple of minutes. The Rebels eked out a slim lead at 37-34.
In the last frame the Lions couldn’t get anything to fall through. The Rebels pulled away in the last three minutes, going out in front by 18. The Lions just didn’t connect and fell by a final score of 61-45.
Scoring leaders for Hickory Flat were Tyler Reed with 15, Caleb Van Tassell with 13, Zavion Adams with 12, and Marc Fortner, Richard Van Tassell and Tavis Bell with seven each.
For the Lions it was Bryson with 14 and Demarius Scott and Justin Owens with eight each.
Lady Devils overpowered by Lady Indians in semis
The semi-finals on Friday matched two teams which were very similar in height, speed and agility – the Byhalia and Ashland girls. The first frame ended in a dead heat at 16-16.
The second quarter was dominated by the Lady Devils, led by the energy of Sandricka Bowen. They were in complete control at the intermission with a score of 39-23.
The Lady Indians came back from the break with a different work ethic and new attitude. They chipped away at the Ashland lead and tied it at 43 on a long trey by Devora Tuggles. The third quarter ended at 43-43.
The Lady Devils were completely overpowered by the streaking Indians down the stretch and went on to face the defending champion Lady Lions in the finals on Saturday. The final was 65-51.
Bowen paced the losing effort with 23, followed by Kiana Jones with nine.
The Lady Indians were powered by Chasidy Kizer and Roszetta Blackmon with 16 each, Tuggles with 15 and Takita Wells with eight.
Holly High Hawks fall to Indians in last game in round two
The Hawks began their duel with the cross-county Byhalia Indians by taking the tipoff. This long standing rivalry needs no special incentives. These teams are always up to playing each other. The highly partisan crowd is always in it from beginning to end.
The hosts were down 14-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians were beating the Hawks to the offensive glass. They were making the stick-backs work. At one point they built an 11-point lead, but Holly High whittled it down to six at intermission. The score was 24-18 after two complete frames.
The Hawks’s Douglas Faulkner took on the roll of three-point assassin in the third and sank nine unanswered points (all treys) to give the Hawks a 39-29 margin after three.
The last frame turned into a foul battle. The Indians came out a little better than the Hawks at the charity stripe which allowed them to escape with a 49-47 win. The Indians moved on to face Hickory Flat in the championship round on Saturday.
Byhalia’s Mario Parker led his team with 13, while Cornelious Blackmon added 12 and Marcus Thomas seven.
The bulk of Holly High’s scoring came from Terek James with 14 and Daniel Burton and Faulkner with nine each.
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