Thursday, January 15, 2009
H.W. Byers sweeps New Site
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byers teams were back defending their turf on Friday evening. This time they were hosting regional rivals, the New Site Royals.
The Lady Lions had advanced their record to 18-0 on Tuesday and now faced the Lady Royals, whose record was 16-3. They also had a pair of players, Krystal Jackson and Emily Brasel, who were running with their Byers’ counterparts. The Lady Lions managed to go out 11-8 in the first.
The Lady Royals persisted in their attack in the second. They took their first lead of the game when Carleigh King stuck a trey to put them up 16-15. They were able to bury a pair of deuces and left Byers behind at the half at 20-18.
The Lady Lions had slipped into a slump during the early part of the second. Their sporadic, and at times erratic play, caused their fans some anxious moments. Their errors were beginning to multiply.
It looked worse in the third. The Lady Lions were experiencing a low shot percentage. Their close-in misses were allowing the Lady Royals to hustle for the rebounds and remain close. Additionally, the poor rebounding was resulting in too many second opportunities for the visitors. New Site had kept the lead all during the third quarter until Rachel Jones put the Lady Lions ahead by three with two consecutive trips to the charity stripe. But the Lady Royals cut that back to one at 32-31 at the end of three.
The Byers girls achieved their largest margin of eight early in the fourth quarter. They maintained a lead the rest of the way but they were still misfiring badly. They won out 45-41. It drove their record to a perfect 19 with a 2-0 region mark.
Simone Gorman had a double-double, 18 points and 16 rebounds. Amanda Jones had 11 points; Kourtney Coleman had eight; and Rachel Jones had seven.
Darrah Pharr led the visitors with 16. Their record went to 16-4, 0-2 in region.
Lions win strange game
The Royals players and coaching staff were probably the only persons in the “Lions’ Den” who were not confused, perplexed or just plain disgusted with the second game of the evening.
The Royals came out in a 2-3 format after claiming the ball at the tip and held it motionless in the back court. The Lions formed a 2-3 defense and only shifted when the Royals decided to move the ball, which wasn’t very often. The first quarter ended 0-0 after the Royals tried to move the ball in for a shot but lost the handle.
Such a score might have been interesting if this had been a championship football game.
The halftime score was 2-0. The Royals held the ball again and tried to score in the last 20 seconds of the second quarter, but turned the ball over and Demarius Scott scored.
After intermission, the Royals set up in the same formation. This time the Lions countered with a 3-2. Midway through the third the Royals started movement. However, they were not looking for a shot, they were playing “keep-away.” Then Byers, which already had two points, ran off a quick five to make it 7-0 at the end of three.
The Royals really came alive in the fourth and scored 11 points to Byers’ five. The game ended with the Lions taking the one-point victory at 12-11.
Tedarian Bryson had eight Byers points. Jonathan Smith had six for the Royals.
The Lions improved to 7-10 overall, 2-0 in district.
Sports Editor’s Note: This has to be another classic case for the initiation of a shot clock in secondary basketball. No matter which way it is looked at, this is a disaster waiting to happen.
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