January 3, 2008
Northwest Rangers Classic
By CLAUDE VINSON
The second annual Northwest Classic basketball tournament got underway on December 27 at Senatobia High School. The tournament, originally scheduled for the coliseum on Northwest Junior College campus, was given a change of venue at the last minute because of scheduling conflicts.
Game three was a contest between the Lady Lions of H.W. Byers and the Lady Cougars of North Panola.
Byers’ Marian Parker started it with a long bang, a trey stuck from the left corner. The tempo was even and steady with the Lady Lions smoothly moving out to a modest lead and keeping it in the single digits in the first quarter, which ended at 19-13
The second quarter was a different story. The Lady Lions had not applied a lot of defensive pressure in the first but stepped it up in the second. Rachel Jones was circumventing Panola passes and releasing outlets to fast-breaking teammates. Jones was also forcing opposing guards into turnovers, sometimes taking them full court for a deuce. The score at intermission was 40-19.
If the second frame was hot, the third turned torrid. Byers shooters could have hit even if they had been blindfolded. It seemed that everything they threw up went in. The score was testamentary at the end of three at 63-24.
The Lady lions slowed in the final quarter and eased to a 77-35 victory.
Ciara Seldon has 14 points to lead Byers. Jones had 13, followed by Marian Parker with 12. Simone Ryan, the indomitable anchor for the Lady Lions’ offense, threw in 11. Brionne Gulledge added 10.
Janesha Jackson had 14 for the opposition.
Lady Hawks fall to Horn Lake on opening day
The Holly High Lady Hawks found themselves clearly in the claws of a much bigger bird in the fourth game on opening day of the Northwest tournament.
The Lady Eagles have become a force to be reckoned with since they joined the 5A class They had an 11-4 record coming in, under the guidance of second year head coach Janis Wilson.
Horn Lake was not wasting a lot of energy. The Lady Eagles were using short crisp passes and picking their shots as if they were selecting tomatoes at a vegetable market. Class 3A Holly High was appearing to be a bit tight, turning the ball over often. Horn Lake took the first quarter 19-12.
The second frame didn’t shed any brighter light on Holly High’s efforts. They managed just six points against 10 for the Lady Eagles. The score was 29-18 when the buzzer signaled intermission.
The Lady Hawks were not having any luck in finding the bottom of the nylon in the third quarter. They were not getting anything to fall. The Lady Eagles were also beating them to their own rebounds. Holly High scored only a deuce in the third frame. The Lady Eagles still had a comfortable lead at 37-20.
Throughout the final frame, Holly High found no remedy for keeping Inessa Adams away from the basket. She led the Lady Eagles to a 57-28 final score.
Her 18 points were the best in the game.
Ebony Taylor scored 16 for Holly High.
Holly High Hawks clawed by Horn Lake Eagles
The Eagles of Horn Lake field one of the leading teams in the state 5A class. Their record was 14-2 on the season when they hit the floor in contest with the 3A Holly High Hawks in game six on Thursday.
Horn Lake sped to a 17-3 lead. It was apparent from the outset that they understood the Hawks’ run and shoot game. It was 25-6 when the first quarter ended.
They doubled the score in the second. They took full advantage of the Hawks’ seeming inability to mount a combative defense. The score was 46-21 at the half.
Holly High was finding it impossible in the third to cut into the double decade lead of Horn Lake. The Eagles didn’t make it easy because they didn’t make a lot of mistakes. They didn’t foul much either. Halfway through the final frame and they had only five infractions charged to them.
They coasted to the 81-45 win.
The front court of Bruce Jacobs and Josh Jones accounted for 38 of the Eagles’ total. They had 19 each. Other Horn Lake shooters hitting doubles were Dominik Major with 16 and Akeem Caddell with 12.
Holly High didn’t have any shooters in double figures; however, Daniel Burton and Ryan Wilkins had nine each.
Lions close opening day with loss to Coldwater
The H.W. Byers Lions played the nightcap game on Thursday in the Northwest tournament. Their opponent was the Coldwater Cougars.
Coldwater began to pull away early, even though the game had been tied a few times in the first quarter. The Lions were showing aggression but the Cougars weren’t yielding. They led 28-17 at the end of the first frame.
The Lions began a rebound campaign that helped to reduce the nine-point deficit. But the Cougars pumped it back up and had a 41-31 margin at the half.
Early in the third quarter, Tederian Bryson brought the Byers fans back into it with a flying slam. He was fouled in the act and finished off the three-pointer at the charity stripe. It didn’t do a lot in reducing the difference, but Justin Owens sank a trey at the buzzer to make it 67-47.
The Cougars’ starting five all hit in double figures, starting with Ross Shorter with 23, followed by Jeremy Scott with 13, Kortney Adams with 12 Zack Jennings with 11 and Nick Coppage with 10.
Owens threw in 17 for the Lions, while Marvin Rayford shot for 11 and Demarius Scott hit for 10.
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