Thursday, January 24, 2008
Byers sweeps ByhaliaBy CLAUDE VINSON
The Byers arena began to fill up early for this one Tuesday, Jan. 15. Anytime that there is a contest between any of the county teams pitted against each other, there is going to be a full house.
The Byhalia Lady Indians drew first blood to start this one. They hit a deuce and a trey in quick succession. A few points later and Simone Ryan left the bench and entered the fray.
A few trips down the floor and the Lady Lions had a 13-7 lead. The Lady Indians came back and cut it to two points, but the 2A Lady Lions were bringing it to their 3A county rivals. The first frame ended with the Lady Lions out front 17-11.
The Lady Lions began to make mincemeat out of the opposition early in the second quarter. They forced the Lady Indians into turnover after turnover. When Byers turned the grinder off at the halftime buzzer, they were ahead 45-22.
Byers found the key to the back door early in the third quarter and no one used it more effectively than Symone Gorman. Slipping defensive coverage, she stuck eight quick points to lead the hosts into the fourth quarter with a score of 61-40.
Chasidy Kizer was trying hard to keep the visitors in the game. She was even connecting beyond the arc. But the supporting cast of Ciara Seldon, Rachel Jones, Kourtney Coleman and Ryan was just too formidable for Byhalia to mount a serious threat. The Lady Indians fell 79-62.
Byers had five shooters in double figures. Leading the way was Seldon with 19, Jones with 18, Ryan with 17 and Coleman and Gorman had 10 each.
Kizer led the floor with 30.
Lions shock Indians in upset win
The second part of the double treat got underway with the hosts taking a 9-2 lead. The Lions were indicating from the start that they intended for this evening of basketball to end in a sweep of their neighbor.
They had a very productive first quarter which yielded a 20-9 score. The margin was practically the same at the half with a mark of 33-23.
Neither team had missed a free throw in the first half. The Lions went to the line eight times and canned them all. Byhalia made two successful trips.
The Indians were still struggling with possession efforts in the frame. However, their scoring picked up and they were beginning to find the bottom of the basket.
And the game was becoming an old fashioned duel between the Indians’ Joshua Rogers and the Lions’ Marvin Rayford. Rogers accuracy brought the Indians to within four points at the end of three. The score was 44-40.
The fourth quarter saw the final outcome being decided by which had the most rebounds. If there were a rebounding award it would have to go to Byers. They were out grabbing Byhalia at both ends.
Byhalia had to resort to fouling in the last two minutes. They sent Byers shooters to the line six times and the Lions hit five of those. The final score was 62-45.
Rayford led the Lions with 26, followed by Justin Owens with 16 and Fred Jones with 11.
Rogers led the Indians with 22.
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