Thursday, January 10, 2008
Byhalia teams win Friday at tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia basketball teams went two for four in the Booneville Invitational Tournament last week.
They opened Friday afternoon with big wins - the Lady Indians trouncing Puckett 64-29 and the Indians blasting Booneville 79-56.
Four Byhalia players scored in double digits. Roszetta Blackmon led the way with 17. She was followed by Devora Tuggles and Chasidy Kizer with 11 each and Takita Wells with 10.
The Lady Indians jumped in front 14-4 after one period and stretched the margin to 38-15 at the half.
Puckett was held to just 12 points in the second half.
Mario Harper’s 21-point outburst powered the Byhalia boys to their 23-point victory over the host school.
He had support from teammates, including Jermone Marion with 18, Joshua Rogers with 11 and Courtney Warren with 10.
The Indians were red hot in the first quarter, scoring 28 points to their opponent’s 15. Booneville cut its deficit to six at the half. But the second half was all Indians.
The Byhalia boys returned to the tournament Saturday and lost a nip-and-tuck, 71-68 game to Center Hill.
Top point producers for the Indians were Parker with 22, Rogers with 14 and Warren with 13.
Byhalia trailed 32-31 at halftime.
The Lady Indians lost a 55-53 heart-breaker to Olive Branch Saturday. Blackmon scored 14 and Kizer and Tuggles 12 each.
The Indians and Lady Indians were scheduled to visit Marshall County rival Potts Camp on Tuesday night of this week. They host district foe Senatobia Friday night and then visit another county rival, H.W. Byers, next Tuesday, January 15.
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