Thursday, December 13, 2007
Lady Lions still unbeaten
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions scored 207 points last week. Amazingly, they did it in just two games.
Coach Jason Thompson’s team opened district play at home with 106-21 and 101-35 wins over Walnut and Baldwyn, respectively.
“Tuesday (versus Walnut) was the first time we’ve ever scored 100,” he said. “Then we did it back-to-back. It would be great to keep that up, but we know it’s not possible. Our defense is creating a lot of lay-ups.”
The H.W. Byers girls are 12-0.
“The girls are feeling good, and they know their hard work is paying off,” Thompson said.
The Byers boys started district play at 1-1, beating Walnut and losing to Baldwyn.
H.W. Byers vs. Walnut
Seven Lady Lions scored in double figures as Byers steamrolled Walnut by 85 points.
Ciara Seldon led the way with 23, and she was followed closely by Amanda Jones with 21. Other top scorers were Simone Ryan and Candace Seldon with 12 each, Brionne Gulledge and Rachel Jones with 11 each and Kenyata Gulledge with 20.
The Lions, led by coach Sylvester Kilgore, used solid first and third quarters to knock off Walnut 68-53.
Byers outscored Walnut 20-13 in the first and 21-12 in the third.
Leading the Lions to victory were Fred Jones with 22 points, Demarius Scott with 12 and Tederian Bryson with 12.
H.W. Byers vs. Baldwyn
The Lady Lions raced to a 29-8 lead after one quarter and upped the margin to 49-15 at halftime before winning by 66 points.
The Lady Bearcats couldn’t handle Byers’ relentless full-court pressure.
“Overall, it was our speed, quickness and defense,” Thompson said. “We’re able to use those to our advantage.”
Top point producers for the Lady Lions were Rachel Jones with 25, Amanda Jones with 14, Ciara Seldon with 13, Simone Ryan with 12, Marian Parker with 10 and Kourtney Coleman with nine. Ten players scored.
The Lions versus the Bearcats turned into quite a catfight for more than three quarters. Then the unbeaten and highly-ranked Baldwyn team pulled away for a 62-52 win.
Byers dropped to 3-7, 1-1 in the division. The Bearcats improved to 5-0, 1-0 in the division.
The host Lions stunned Baldwyn early and went ahead 12-7. The contest was tied at 12 after one quarter.
The Bearcats used a trapping defense to produce baskets and go ahead 19-12 early in the second quarter. They were on top 26-20 at the half.
Byers trailed by as many as 12 points in the third. But back-to-back buckets from Jarvis Ware at the end of the period cut the deficit to 40-37 and erupted the home crowd.
The Bearcats grabbed the momentum back early in the fourth quarter and surged ahead 52-40 on a three-pointer at the 4:22 mark. They sealed the deal with a dunk in the last minute.
Marvin Rayford and Fred Jones led the Lions in scoring with 16 points and 11, respectively.
Dorian Berry dominated for Baldwyn. He scored 30.
The Lady Lions and Lions travel to Tunica Rosa Fort Friday. Next Tuesday, Dec. 18, they close out the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule with home games versus Marshall County rival Potts Camp.
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