Thursday, December 3, 2009
By CLAUDE VINSON
The final two games of the Indian Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday pitted long-standing rivals in Marshall County against each other.
The Holly High Lady Hawks were still looking for their first win of the new season. And it was apparent early that the quest would not end here.
It took less than two minutes from tipoff for the Byhalia Lady Indians to run up a 12-0 lead. The Lady Hawks were having no luck stopping the shooters for the Lady Indians or bypassing the 2-3 defense which first year head coach Markeith Washington was exhorting them to use. The first frame ended with Byhalia in front 34-4.
Coach Washington began resting his starters in the second; however, they were still maintaining a hefty margin. The Lady Hawks were helpless in mounting any formidable opposition. The Lady Indians had a commanding 52-15 halftime lead.
Byhalia was subbing liberally and all the players he used scored. He had two consistent playmakers in Erica Bougard and Crystal Rayford. They moved the score out to 74-30 at the end of three completed quarters and finished it off with an 86-41 victory.
Rayford led the floor with 29, helped by Bougard with 22.
RoShunda Neely and Shakerra Dawkins had 10 each for Holly High.
Hawks down Indians
The Byhalia Indians made a fight of it for most of two quarters on Saturday evening to close out their holiday tournament. It was probably fitting that these two should fill the house to end it all.
It was two for two and an occasional three in the first quarter with both teams showing off their high-flying talents. A well placed and timey trey by Kentona Shipp gave the Hawks a 16-14 edge at the end of the first.
The Indians had made a strong showing against Desoto Central on Friday night. And they seemed to be playing the 7-1 Hawks equally as tough. It was the Indians’ gym but it was obvious that the most vociferous crowd favored the Hawks. And the visitors were giving them reasons to make noise. Midway through the second they took a nine-point lead and set a blistering pace that ended in a 40-30 margin at the half.
Darius Dowdy and Shipp running the offense for the Hawks and throwing in a few three pointers along the way. They blew it wide open in the third, with the Hawks bringing it from all sides. They registered 59-38 at the end of three and went on to finish at 70-57.
Dowdy led the winners with 23. He was helped by Ryan Wilkins with 11 and Shipp with 11.
Byhalia’s top gun was Kenyatta Jones with 23, with Alfonzo Wilson chipping in 13.
Coach Naylond Hayes said he was happy to participate in the tourney because it meant that his team would not have a two-week layoff.
The Hawks hosted Coldwater on Tuesday. They go to Ashland Friday and then host Marks Palmer next Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Byhalia plays at home Friday night versus H.W. Byers. Next Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Indians and Lady Indians go to Lafayette.
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