Thursday, February 1, 2007
Byers sweeps ’Cats, boys win in two OTs
By CLAUDE VINSON
Head coach Jason Thompson liked what he saw from his H.W. Byers Lady Lions on Tuesday of last week.
“My girls played extremely well,” he said.
In the game with Calhoun City, the Lady Lions were never threatened and they put five shooters in double figures to accomplish the lopsided victory. From a 20-4 first quarter to a final of 88-34, Byers kept total command of the game. The score was 45-13 at intermission.
During the fourth quarter, Coach Thompson pretty much cleaned his bench. The reserves demonstrated that they came to play also, and put the home team ahead by 40 points.
Leading the shooters to the doubles plateau was Ciara Seldon with 17, followed by 12 points each from Latasha Anderson and Brionne Gulledge. Lanika Hale and Amanda Jones had 11 and 10, respectively.
The Lady Lions moved to 16-7 overall. They’re 4-0 in their district.
The Lady Wildcats didn’t have any players in double figures.
Lions take Wildcats in wild one
The Lions and the Wildcats squared off against each other, both sporting unblemished record in respective districts. The Byers Lions were 12-9 and 4-0. The Wildcats were 16-6 and 6-0.
At the beginning of the first quarter. The Wildcats ran out to an 8-0 lead, but Byers did not wither. The Lions bounced back and went to the first break one point down at 20-19.
In the second frame with a little long ball accuracy, the Lions began to put a little distance between themselves and the visitors. The game saw three lead changes and two ties before intermission(over the course of the contest there would be 10 lead swings and six ties). The Lions managed a 10-point lead at the half.
In the third the Lions made some mental errors, but were still hanging with a very physical Wildcats team. They clawed at each other throughout the third frame. Neither side showed any signs of tiring although the pace never slackened. The Lions still led after three at 56-52.
The Wildcats lost two starters to fouls about midway through the fourth. At this time both teams were making frequent trips to the charity stripe. Calhoun County was hitting about 60 percent of their freebies to 50 percent for the Lions.
Tristan Kizer was fouled going to the basket and it counted; however, he missed the opportunity for an old-fashioned trey, and the Wildcats had a two point lead at 69-67.
Harvey Garrison came off the bench with a three at 14.0, giving the Lions the slim one-point lead. But someone fouled a Wildcat and he sent the game to the first overtime by hitting one of two, with a score of 72- all.
Kizer gave the home team another edge just before time expired, but Dante Jennings wiped it away and forced the sixth quarter with the score knotted at 80.
The Lions and Wildcats turned it into a real jungle showdown. The intensity level went through the roof when Kizer put the Lions ahead 84-82. After that it was a rush to the line with Byers coming away four better at 90-86.
Powering the Byers attack were Tristan Kizer with 20 points, Nicholas Tate with 19 and Marvin Rayford with 18.
The Byers girls were scheduled to play in the Kentucky Challenge Saturday (see separate story). The Lions and Lady Lions visited Potts Camp Tuesday. They host Belmont Friday and visit Southaven Saturday. Next Tuesday, Feb. 6, they host Holly Springs.
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