Thursday, March 5, 2009
Byers at home in ‘Big House’
By BARRY BURLESON
Winning a state championship is tough. Returning to the title game the next year is tougher.
“Our name has been circled on everyone’s calendar,” said Jason Thompson, head coach of the H.W. Byers Lady Lions. “To get back is huge for us, and we’ll take it.”
The Lady Lions will seek to repeat as Class 2A state champions Friday afternoon in Mississippi Coliseum at Jackson. Their opponent will be Kemper County.
It’s Byers’ third straight year to make the state tournament.
“This is huge for our community and Marshall County as a whole,” said Thompson, whose team stands 33-4. “It’s a great honor for me and the kids. It’s a great testament of how hard they’ve worked.”
Byers knocked off Scott Central Saturday night at “The Big House” to reach the finals.
“We survived another storm, and we’re blessed to still be alive,” Thompson said. “Scott Central gave it their best shot, and it took our best shot to counter theirs.”
He wants to see and hear Byers’ supporters in the coliseum on Friday at 1 p.m.
“We hope the whole county will rally around us,” Thompson said.
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