Thursday, December 20, 2007
Byhalia teams drop pair to hot-shooting Coldwater
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Lady Indians played the Coldwater Lady Cougars close in the beginning of their home game Friday night.
They had fallen behind by four points but managed to eke out a one-point lead when the quarter ended. It was apparent that they were trying to out-muscle the imposing post players of the Lady Cougars. The score was 13-12.
The Lady Cougars figured out the strategy and began to apply the pressure in the second quarter. The long-range shooting of Keyla Davis, coupled with the fast pace set by Coldwater’s point guard, Lenita Futrell, left the Lady Indians at the gate. They dumped in 20 points while holding their hosts to four. The intermission had the visitors ahead 32-17.
The Lady Indians started a comeback try in the third but were still being outgunned by the Lady Cougars. Davis kept up her assault from three-point land, hitting seven over the course of the game. Byhalia was 14 down when the third ended at 45-31.
The visitors showed little mercy in the final quarter, cruising to a victory of 71-41. They remain unbeaten after a dozen outings.
Davis led the court with 22, followed by Daniels with 18, Futrell with 13 and Rogers with 10.
Byhalia was led by Chasidy Kizer and Devora Tuggles with 10 each.
Indians fall short
The Indians started out with a burst of speed and they used it to the max to stay a couple of clicks ahead of the visiting Cougars. The Cougars were using a pair of tall posts and were patient. They seemed content to work the ball in via a 3-2 offensive formation. It was successful to the extent that they had a tying share of the game at intermission with a 25-25 tie.
At the top of the third, the Indians made their move. Like in the first frame, they piled up a quick seven-point lead but saw it fritter away almost as quickly in the closing minutes of the quarter. It turned into a two-point advantage for the Cougars. But Joshua Rogers, who had taken the game on his shoulders, gave it back to the Indians by 41-39 when the quarter ended.
In the final frame the battle for rebounds was almost as intense as the battle for points. The score stayed knotted at 43 for about two minutes. The Cougars untied it and then took a five-point lead with time running out. The Indians had to resort to fouling and the Cougars were capitalizing on their trips to the stripe.
Time ran out for the Indians and they fell 53-49.
Jeremy Scott led the visitors with 11.
Rogers hit 16 for the Indians.
Byhalia teams hosted Lewisburg Tuesday night. The girls will play in the Collierville, Tenn., Dragonfire Invitational December 26-29. The Indians and Lady Indians will compete in the Booneville Classic January 4-5.
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