Thursday, January 3, 2008
Byers girls beat 5A school
By CLAUDE VINSON
The teams from Marshall picked up three wins on day two of the Northwest Classic shootout.
The Lady Hawks beat Craigmont High (Memphis) girls in a squeaker, winning 73-70. The Holly High Hawks met the Lions of H.W. Byers and the Hawks won out 70-53.
Then in game five on Friday, the Class 2A Lady Lions drew the Class 5A Lady Tigers of South Panola. The Lady Tigers put their 11-2 record on the floor against the unbeaten (15-0) skein of the Lady Lions.
The Lady Lions were not handing out favors. They took it to the Lady Tigers almost immediately, going out to a 15-10 first quarter.
The Lady Tigers were having tons of trouble with this 2A unbeaten. They tried hard to counter the three-prong attack by Simone Ryan, Amanda Jones and Rachel Jones. The Lady Lions were 10 points ahead at the half, 36-26.
The Lady Tigers, sensing doom, became more methodical in the third – selecting paths and passes. They were also doing a better job of protecting the ball. Their control brought the score down to 45-41 at the end of three.
Byers had a seven-point lead but saw it cut to two by some adroit shooting from South Panola Neither team was lacking in hustle in the fourth. It was turning into a battle royal the last two minutes.
But the Lady Tigers had to resort to fouling and they sent Rachel Jones to the charity stripe too often. The Lady Lions went on to remain unbeaten with a score of 60-53.
Leading H.W. Byers to victory were Amanda Jones with 18 points, Rachel Jones with 16 and Ryan with 11.
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