Thursday, February 14, 2008
H.W. Byers sweeps MantachieBy BARRY BURLESON
H.W. Byers teams wrapped up the regular season last week by splitting with Independence and sweeping district foe Mantachie.
The Lady Lions, powered by Simone Ryan’s 26-point performance, routed Independence Thursday night at home – 78-44.
Rachel Jones followed with 10.
Coach Jason Thompson’s team, ranked second in the state by The Clarion-Ledger newspaper, took control early. The Lady Lions led 18- 5 after one quarter. It was 43-19 at the half and they outscored the visitors 24-9 in the third period.
Four Lions scored in double digits but it wasn’t enough to overcome Independence. They lost 58-52.
Demarius Scott was the leading point producer for coach Sylvester Kilgore’s crew. He scored 15. Other top scorers were Fred Jones with 12, Marvin Rayford with 11 and Justin Owens with 10.
Byers trailed 29-19 at the half. Coach Thompson said his Byers girls “tuned up for the playoffs” with a 99-41 blowout of Mantachie Friday night on the road.
The Lady Lions dominated from the start – 20-9 after one quarter, 48- 22 at the half and 76-29 after three periods. Rachel Jones was on fire. She scored 31 points. Close behind was Amanda Jones with 23. Others in double figures were Ryan and Ciara Seldon with 14 each.
Byers finished the regular season at 26-4 overall and 5-1 in Region 1-2A.
Coach Kilgore’s Lions coasted to a win at Mantachie, too. They blistered the Mustangs 74-50.
It was close at the half. Byers led 32-30. But the Lions outscored the home team 42-20 in the second half.
Five Lions scored in double digits – Rayford with 13, Owens with 12, T.W. Bryson with 12, Scott with 12 and Jones with 11.
Byers improved to 10-18 overall and 4-2 in Region 1-2A.
Byers is hosting the Region 1-2A Tournament this week. A schedule is included on page 3 of the sports section. The Lady Lions are seeded second and the Lions third.
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