Thursday, January 15, 2009
Lady Lions, Lions ease past East Union
By CLAUDE VINSON
It was readily apparent that the H.W. Byers Lady Lions were back to their old game Tuesday evening of last week when they welcomed the Lady Urchins of East Union to the Lions’ Den. And what a hot reception it was.
They jumped on the Lady Urchins from the tip and never slacked off. Midway through the opener, coach Jason Thompson substituted all five starters. Freshman Kyra Gulledge took over the rebounding and Brionne Gulledge uncorked the long ball. She pulled up three successive times beyond the arc and buried all three. The Lady Lions had a 23-7 lead at the end of the frame.
The Lady Urchins could do nothing to stem the tide. They scored seven points again in the second and 10 in the third. Byers was out front 52-14 at intermission and 72- 24 after the third quarter expired.
The Lady Urchins were outgunned in all quarters. If the Lady Lions thought that they needed some form of redemption after their lackluster win in the Ranger Classic against Horn Lake, they found it. All of their players scored. They had a trio of shooters in double figures. Amanda Jones paced the floor with 23. Alexis Hardaway and Ciarra Seldon shot 12 and 11, respectively. Kourtney Coleman weighed in with 10 and Brionne Gulledge also had 10.
The highest points of the opposition came from Stephanie Dillard, who had eight.
The win moved the Lady Lions total to 18-0 on the season.
Lions claw Urchins
The Urchins and the Lions seemed to be almost perfectly matched in the first quarter. Each had a pair of big men at post and a couple of speedsters in the back court. They traded baskets throughout the first quarter and the Lions were nursing a two-point lead as time was beginning to fade. The Urchins; C.J. Armstrong beat the horn on a long ball and tied it 14 all.
The similarities started to disappear in the second as Tedarian Bryson and Fred Jones began to show fast and crisp performances on both ends of the court. They fed streaking guards Jarvis Ware and Demarius Scott with looping assists. Byers took a 40-23 lead into the locker room.
The third frame was wild and torrid. The Lions pushed their margin to 19 before Kirk Pryor buried a trey for the Urchins. But Jones and Bryson continued to play above the rim the entire third quarter. They were 60- 36 at the end of three.
The Urchins didn’t wither; they constantly ran at the basket but couldn’t sustain any drives against Byers’ defense. Then Bryson gave the Lions faithful what they had been clamoring for all evening, a power slam at full gallop. The Lions went on to post the 31-point win at 81-50.
Bryson’s 20 points led four other players in double figures in descending order – Fred Jones 17, Andre Jones 16, Scott 12, and Ware 10.
Jones grabbed 13 rebounds. Bryson also had five assists, six steals and five rebounds.
Armstrong led the Urchins in scoring with 16, followed by Gareth Parnell with 11.
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