Thursday, February 15, 2007
Byers splits with ’Cats; teams top seeds in district
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers basketball teams wrapped up regular season play Friday night with a split at Independence.
Ciara Seldon and Amanda Jones combined for 32 points in the Lady Lions’ 57-47 win. Seldon scored 18 and Jones 14.
Byers led 17-16 after one quarter, 32-28 at the half and 42-35 at the end of three periods.
The Lady Lions finished the regular season at 21-8. They enter this week’s Region 1-2A Tournament at Belmont as the number one seed.
They play the Baldwyn-Potts Camp winner Thursday at 7 p.m. in the semi-finals. With a win, the Byers girls advance to the championship game Friday at 7 p.m. With a loss, they will played in the consolation contest Friday at 4 p.m. The top four teams advance to North State next week.
The H.W. Byers boys put together a strong third-quarter rally at Independence but couldn’t hang on. They lost 79-66.
The Lions trailed 44-30 at the half. They then outscored the Wildcats 25-10 in the third to take a 55-54 lead. But Independence dominated the fourth, 26-11, to get the 13-point victory.
Three Lions hit for double digits - Darius Wells with 18, Tristan Kizer with 14 and Nicholas Tate with 12.
The Lions completed the regular season with a record of 16-11. They go to this week’s Region 1-2A Tournament at Belmont as the top seed.
They play the Belmont-Baldwyn winner Thursday at 8:30 p.m. With a win, they play Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the finals. With a loss, they play Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the consolation game. The top four teams move on to the North State Tournament the following week.
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