Thursday, January 29, 2009
Byhalia sweeps Wildcats
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia basketball teams had some mixed results in district battles January 13, 16 and 20.
The Lady Indians and Indians dropped games at Tunica Rosa Fort on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Coach Summer Pannell’s Byhalia girls battled hard before dropping a 57-49 decision.
The Lady Indians were down by 12 at the end of the first quarter and at the halftime break, but trailed by just three after three quarters.
Then the host school outscored them 21-10 in the fourth period.
Megan Rayford and Erica Bougard were the top guns in the loss, scoring 16 and 15 points, respectively. Crystal Rayford added nine.
Coach Michael Neal’s Byhalia boys ran into a hot-shooting Rosa Fort squad and fell 69-43.
“They shot the ball well,” Neal said. “They hit eight threes.”
Martrevious Sanders hit six of those threes and finished with 36 points.
The Indians trailed 32-17 at the half but cut the deficit to 39-31. Then the Lions went on a 16-0 run and “we couldn’t regroup,” Neal said.
Josh Rodgers scored 13 for Byhalia.
The Lady Indians rebounded Friday evening, Jan. 16, and knocked off Independence 55-46 at home.
The lead was just 22-18 at the half but Byhalia outscored the Lady Wildcats 33-26 in the second half.
Bougard poured in a game-high 18. Devora Tuggles added 15, including three threes.
The Byhalia boys completed the sweep with an easy 75-59 win.
Four Indians scored in double digits – Kenyatta Jones with 15, Rodgers and Courtney Warren with 13 each and Cornelius Blackmon with 12.
A short-handed Byhalia girls squad came up short, 59-55, versus North Panola Tuesday, Jan. 20, at home.
“We had two key players out this game,” Pannell said. “We couldn’t get any rhythm going on offense. Our outside shots wouldn’t fall. We had a tough time scoring.”
Megan Rayford finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tuggles scored 12 points.
“Megan stepped up big with her first career double-double,” Pannell said. “If she continues to improve at the rate she is, she will be a major player for this team for the next two years.”
Rayford, Erica Bougard and Laporshea Malone all fouled out.
The Lady Indians trailed 25-22 at halftime.
More balanced scoring lifted the Byhalia boys to a 75-71 win over North Panola.
Mario Parker led the way with 21 points. Scoring 11 each were Blackmon, Jones, Rodgers and Warren. Jermone Marion followed with nine.
“Our largest lead was 28-23 in the second quarter, and their largest lead was 55-46 in the third quarter,” Coach Neal said.
“We battled back. We did a god job of handling their press. We had 20 turnovers, but most of those came in the first half. We made some adjustments at the half.
“It was a hard-fought game, and we were able to execute at the end.”
The Indians improved to 13-9 overall and 4-3 in district play.
Editor’s Note: Byhalia hosted Rosa Fort Friday. See separate story.
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