Thursday, October 30, 2008
H.W. Byers wins two vs. Potts Camp
By CLAUDE VINSON
This would be the first game of the 2008 season for the reigning champions of the 2A division. The Lady Lions were going up against the Lady Cardinals of Potts Camp. The Lady Cardinals were playing in their fourth contest with a record of 2-1.
The Lady Lions lost one of their sparkplugs from last season, Simone Ryan, to attrition, but Rachel Jones and her supporting cast appeared to be in fine form as they took a first quarter 21-13 lead. Jones caught fire early and hit 11 points in the opening quarter. Both teams were treating rebounds as the most precious commodity.
The Lady Lions had to defend against Kenyotta Jenkins at both ends of the court. Jenkins was going after every loose ball and contesting every shot within her range. The half time score was 32-20.
Byers started to pull away in the second half and the speed of Rachel Jones and Amanda Jones was the driving force. Coach Jason Thompson began substituting liberally. The score improved rapidly to 50-29 with a minute left in the third quarter. Amanda Jones hit a high arching trey at the buzzer to push it to 56-29.
The Lady Cardinals put up 11 points in the final frame but it was too late. The Lady Lions were off to their first victory at 68-40.
Amanda Jones and Rachel Jones led Byers’ scoring with 18 points each. They were aided by seven points each from Kourtney Coleman and Alexis Hardaway.
The Lady Cardinals were led by Jenkins with 17 and Queen Dean with 10.
Lions complete sweep Of Cardinals with 80-57 win
The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter. The scores were never more than a point apart. The tempo was one of running and gunning. The baskets at both ends were being pelted with shots. The accuracy was all there and the score at the end of the first frame was 15-13 in favor of Byers.
The Lions began a steady climb in the second quarter and moved out to a double-digit lead at one point. However, the Cardinals cut it to single digits at intermission behind the efforts of Jeremy Siggers. The score was 37-28.
The gap widened in the third as more Lions found their range. Andre Jones canned a trio of treys to help the Lions make a 56-38 mark.
Coach Sylvester Kilgore kept running in fresh players and they, too, were point productive. They took it to an 80-57 victory.
Byers had three players in double figures – Tederian Bryson (17), Fred Jones (16) and Andre Jones (10). Demarious Scott and Jesse Wilson had nine each.
Potts Camp’s Siggers led the floor with 28. Korbin Smith added 12. The Cardinals’ record fell to 2-3.
The Marshall County schools will meet again this Thursday, Oct. 30, in Potts Camp.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 4, Potts Camp will host Hickory Flat, while Byers goes to Byhalia.
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