Thursday, November 20, 2008
Byhalia teams drop two at Coldwater
By BARRY BURLESON
Mistakes and shooting woes dealt the Byhalia boys their first loss of the season Friday night.
Coach Michael Neal’s Indians couldn’t convert in the closing seconds and fell 53-52 at Coldwater. Their record went to 3-1.
“We had the opportunity to win it,” he said.
The Indians were up by one late and just had to hold the ball, he said. Instead, they turned it over, and Coldwater went down and scored.
“We got the ball back with eight seconds left and had the last shot but it didn’t work out,” he said.
Top scorers for the Indians were Mario Parker with 14, Joshua Rodgers with 13 and Kenyatta Jones with 12.
Byhalia led 24-23 at halftime.
“Mistakes, mistakes,” Coach Neal said. “We just didn’t play well. We missed a lot of easy shots.”
He said it was “a learning experience” for his team, which he said is maturing each time it takes the floor.
The Lady Indians dropped a 49-42 decision at Coldwater.
They led 20-19 at the half but couldn’t hang on to the slim lead.
Erica Bougard gunned in 16 points for coach Summer Pannell’s squad.
“We’re a young team – not playing aggressively enough,” Pannell said. “We have to take the ball to the basket, draw fouls and make free throws.
“The team is working hard and improving. I have confidence in us; we will get there.”
Byhalia teams visited Ashland Tuesday. They host Olive Branch Friday. The boys will play in the Riverbend Classic at New Madrid, Mo., November 27-28.
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