Thursday, January 1, 2009
Lady Lions third in Super 10
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions find themselves high up in the land of the giants.
Coach Jason Thompson’s basketball team is ranked third in The Clarion-Ledger’s Super 10, which listed the best in the state in all classifications.
Byers (15-0) is the defending Class 2A state champion. All the others in the Super 10 are 4A and 5A schools.
“We’re proud and honored,” Thompson said about the ranking. “It speaks volumes about how far our program has come.”
He said he is not concerned about the pressure that goes along with being unbeaten, tabbed number three in the Super 10 and ranked number one in Class 2A.
“At this point, we can’t surprise anybody,” Thompson said. “We can forget about being a sleeper.
“It’s great for our team, the school and the community.”
The second half of the season was set to tip off on Monday and Tuesday of this week with two games in the Northwest Ranger Classic at Senatobia. The Lady Lions faced 3A North Panola and 5A Horn Lake.
“We’ve got some big games ahead,” he said. “We have our work cut out for us. We have to keep working hard and persevere.”
Byers basketball teams, girls and boys, host East Union next Tuesday, Jan. 6.
The complete Girls Basketball Super 10, in order, includes Murrah, Warren Central, H.W. Byers, South Panola, Harrison Central, Tupelo, Yazoo County, Lanier, Northeast Jones and Gentry.
Other local teams ranked
The Hickory Flat boys (12-4) are ranked number four in Class 1A by The Clarion-Ledger. The Rebels trail number one Shaw, second-ranked Durant and number three Myrtle. Behind Hickory Flat in the top five is Sebastopol.
Both Marshall Academy teams are fourth in the Academy AA rankings.
Top five Academy AA boys teams, in order, are Bowling Green, La.; Brookhaven; Trinity; Marshall; and Canton.
Top five Academy AA girls teams, in order, are Leake; Oak Forest, La.; Prairie View, La.; Marshall; and Indianola.
Marshall Academy basketball teams played in the Brookhaven Tournament Monday and Tuesday of this week. They will compete in the North Pontotoc Shootout this Saturday, Jan. 3 – the girls meting Nettleton and the boys battling Falkner.
Next Tuesday, Jan. 6, Marshall squads will travel to Lee (Ark.) for district games.
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