Thursday, January 10, 2008
Lady Indians win four-OT thriller
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Lady Indians’ short ride to neighboring Collierville, Tenn., for a post-Christmas basketball tournament proved fruitful.
Coach Summer Pannell’s Lady Indians went 3-1 in the Collierville Dragonfire Invitational December 26-29, including a four-overtime win.
Byhalia opened the tourney with a 59-46 loss to St. Agnes.
The Lady Indians trailed 29-11 at the half.
Chasidy Kizer was the leading scorer in the loss. She had 14 points. Roszetta Blackmon and Devora Tuggles followed with 12 and 10, respectively.
The next day, 10 Lady Indians scored in a 60-45 win over Kirby.
The lone player in double digits was Kizer with 14. Erica Bougard and Blackmon had eight each, and scoring seven each were Melisa Jones, Takita Wells and Tuggles.
Byhalia was in control at the half – leading 38-20.
The next game, Byhalia versus Raleigh-Egypt, was the most exciting game of the tournament. The Lady Indians claimed an 85-82, four-overtime victory.
The nail-biter was knotted at 63 at the end of regulation, 68 after one overtime, 76 after two overtimes and 78 after three OTs. Pannell’s squad then celebrated by outscoring Raleigh-Egypt 7-4 in the fourth OT.
Kizer was on fire. She lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 42 points. Wells and Blackmon scored 17 each.
The Lady Indians then wrapped up the Collierville Dragonfire Invitational with a 61-57 win over Manassas.
The Lady Indians started strongly, going up 18-9 after one quarter. They led 33-25 at intermission. Manassas rallied to lead 45-44 following three periods.
But Byhalia, largely due to the play of Kizer, pulled out the four-point win.
Kizer poured in 29 points. Blackmon followed with 19.
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