Thursday, January 29, 2009
Byhalia falls to Rosa Fort
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Lions of Rosa Fort came to Byhalia Indian territory last Friday evening riding a record which included a single loss in the region.
That defeat was at the hands of the Lady Wildcats of Independence by three points. However, from the outset, it appeared as if the better team was the Lady Indians. Coach Summer Pannell’s Lady Indians got some spirited steals from Jessica Reynolds and some very good use of the glass by post players to take the first frame 18-11.
Megan Rayford, who had begun beating the boards in the first, became dominant in the second. She was clearing them at both ends. They achieved their biggest lead on a runaway fast break by Erica Bougard. But the Lady Lions didn’t become shrinking violets. They kept forcing the issue and they cut it back to five points on a trey by Sheronda Vaughn at the buzzer for a 32-27 halftime score.
Rosa Fort showed its best play in the third. The visitors regained the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter. Jacarra Fell was sinking most of her attempts in the paint and also running the floor. The Lady Lions were back in control when the period ended on a 49-43 note.
Rosa Fort put the onus squarely on the shoulders of the Lady Indians in the fourth. They had to play catch-up the entire quarter. The Lady Indians were being sent to the line frequently, but with few results. They missed 11 line shots which could have helped to change the outcome. The Lady Lions didn’t get to the line that often but they only missed two. They downed Byhalia 65-52.
Fell led all shooters with 23. She had help from Vaughn with 13, Zambrika Taylor with 10 and Sherra Payne with 11.
Crystal Rayford finished with 20 for Byhalia, backed by Bougard’s 10 and Megan Rayford’s nine.
Byhalia loses to 19-2 Lions
The Indians hit the court with tomahawks at the ready. They opened with a 7-0 run, stunning one of the best teams in Region 3-3A. Then Martrevius Sanders got the visitors on the board with a pair at the line. The Indians, meanwhile, were showing plenty hustle on both side of the ball. They had a few misfires but ended up on the good side with a 19-14 mark after the first quarter.
The Lions tied it at 19-all within the first minute of the second. They kept pouring it on and left the Indians in the dust by an eight point margin of 36-28 when the horn sounded the intermission.
The Indians could not wipe away that deficit and still trailed by eight at the end of three. Then the Lions upped the ante. Building on play in the third, they owned a double-digit lead at a couple of points in the fourth. They were having trouble from Cornelious Blackmon, who was practically keeping the Indians in the game with his performance inside the paint. A series of late quarter mistakes doomed them to a 68-56 loss at the end.
Coach Michael Neal, in his second season as head coach of the Indians, said his team had made some great strides but had not reached the level of consistency he would like.
Blackmon led the Indians with 17 points. Mario Parker was next with 15 and Courtney Warren had 10.
Sanders shot 19 for the winners. Teammate Christopher McKay also had 19 which included six treys. Labarron Collins had eight.
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