Thursday, January 8, 2009
Indians enjoy winning week
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia boys got the post-Christmas portion of their schedule off to a strong start.
Coach Michael Neal’s Indians won two of three games at the Raymond Tournament and then beat Collierville, Tenn., at home.
“Anytime you win three of four in a week, you’re doing good,” said Neal, whose Class 3A squad improved to 10-8.
Byhalia knocked off Terry and Forest in the three-day tournament and lost to host Raymond.
“It was a good trip,” Neal said. “We would have liked to have won them all, but it was a good experience for our kids - to play those big teams from south Mississippi.”
The Indians tipped off the Raymond Tournament December 29 with a 64-54 win over Terry.
Mario Parker and Kenyatta Jones hit for 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Byhalia led 35-27 at the half.
On day two of the tournament December 30, the Indians from Marshall County played Raymond neck and neck for three of the four quarters but lost 68-49.
“They had a 19-4 second quarter run,” Neal said. “That was the difference. We lost our composure.”
Cornelius Blackmon poured in 18 points for Byhalia. Parker contributed 14.
The Indians wrapped up the Raymond Tournament in fine fashion by turning back Forest 66-59 December 31.
Parker and Blackmon led the offense with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Byhalia trailed 35-26 at intermission but rallied. The Indians outscored Forest 16-10 in the third and 24-14 in the fourth.
The Indians then returned home and hosted their neighbors from Tennessee, Collierville, on Friday. It was no contest as Neal’s squad cruised to a 76-45 win.
Four Indians scored in double figures - Courtney Warren with 16, Blackmon with 14, Josh Rodgers with 13 and Jones with 11.
Byhalia pulled away in the second quarter - outscoring Collierville 21-3.
Coach Summer Pannell’s Byhalia Lady Indians won two of four in the Collierville Dragonfire Invitational December 26-29.
They then dropped a 47-37 decision to Collierville at home last Saturday.
The Lady Indians jumped ahead 11-3 after one quarter but couldn’t hang on.
LaPorshea Malone and Crystal Rayford had nine points each for Byhalia (4-10 overall).
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