Thursday, February 21, 2008
Lady Lions advance, host tourney
By BARRY BURLESON
One of three Marshall County girls basketball teams survived Monday’s first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association North State Tournament.
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions, competing in Class 2A, had no trouble at home with the Bruce Lady Trojans. Six players scored in double digits in the 103-53 win.
Leading coach Jason Thompson’s team were Symone Gorman with 21 points, Ciara Seldon with 18, Rachel Jones, Simone Ryan and Kourtney Coleman with 13 each and Alexis Hardaway with 10.
The Lady Lions, who improved to 30-4 on the season, were in command, 52-31, at the half.
Next up, Byers will host the North State’s final eight this Thursday through Saturday.
First-round games Thursday, starting at 4 p.m., will pit Byers versus Tchula Marshall, Water Valley vs. South Delta, Hollandale-Simmons vs. Belmont and Leland vs. Eupora.
The semi-finals follow Friday and the consolation and championship games Saturday. Games those two days will be at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Two other county basketball squads were not as fortunate Monday night. The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals in Class 1A and the Holly Springs Lady Hawks in Class 3A were eliminated from post-season play.
Potts Camp fell 63-58 at home to Shelby Broad Street.
The Lady Cardinals led 20-15 after one quarter and 35-29 at the half but couldn’t hang on. Broad Street outscored Potts Camp 18-14 in the third and 16-9 in the fourth.
Top scorers for coach Tana Miller’s team were Samantha Stinson with 18, Jasmine Harmon with 13 and Samantha Nance with 10. Potts Camp ends its season at 15-15.
The Lady Hawks, coached by Wilbert Beard, traveled to Charleston Monday night and saw their season end with a 54-45 loss.
No other information was available on that game.
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