Thursday, December 25, 2008
Byhalia teams drop close ones to N. Panola
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Lady Indians dropped a pair of one-point games last week, while the Lions split in district contests.
Coach Summer Pannell’s Byhalia girls almost rallied to beat North Panola Friday night at home. A last-second shot missed the mark and the Lady Indians fell 52-51.
“They were up by three, and we hit a shot with three seconds left,” she said. “We got a five-second call on the in-bounds, got the ball back and we took a shot at the buzzer that rimmed out.”
She said it was a close contest throughout. Byhalia was up by nine points early.
Laporshea Malone led the Lady Indians with 12 points. Erica Bougard and Briana Windham had 10 each.
The Lady Lions lost 55-54 at Independence earlier in the week.
“We led the whole game – until the last five minutes,” Pannell said. “We’re just so young (six sophomores and three freshmen), and the mental mistakes we’re making are to be expected, I guess.”
Bougard scored 15. Jessica Reynolds canned a couple of big threes, the coach said.
The Byhalia boys led North Panola 59-48 going into the fourth quarter but got outscored 24-11 in the final period. The result was a 72-70 district setback.
“We panicked and didn’t protect the basketball,” coach Michael Neal said about the disastrous fourth frame. “We made turnovers and missed easy shots – it was just one of the games. Give North Panola credit. They got after us.”
Byhalia missed some crucial free throws down the stretch, and North Panola traveled the length of the floor for a lay-up to win it as time expired.
Mario Parker gunned in 23 points for the Indians. Jermone Marion followed with 10, while Josh Rodgers and Courtney Warren had nine each.
Earlier in the week, seven Indians scored in double digits as they knocked off Independence 81-69 on the road.
“We played team ball,” Coach Neal said. “We moved the ball and attacked the basket more.
“We were also able to get a lot of transition baskets because we rebound the ball a lot better.”
Leading the explosive offense were Kenyatta Jones with 14 points, Marion with 13, Cornelius Blackmon with 12, Parker and Warren with 11 each, and Rodgers and Thomas Lesueur with 10 each.
The Lady Indians will play four games in the Collierville, Tenn., Dragonfire Invitational December 26-30. The Indians (7-7 on the season) will play in the Raymond Tournament December 29-31. They will face Terry on Monday, Dec. 29, at 12 noon, play Raymond Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 6 p.m., and then meet Forest Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 3 p.m.
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